MINISTRIES & LEARNING

In addition to preaching the Word and rightly administering the sacraments on Sunday mornings, which we  confess is the most fundamental and necessary ministry of the church on earth, at Hope we have other ministries we invite you to participate and/or volunteer in.   

 

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BIBLE STUDY
Part of our identity at Hope Free Lutheran is that we are Word Centered.
We are Word Centered not only because the Bible is inspired, inerrant, and authoritative in all matters of faith and life. We are Word Centered because we believe that, unlike any other book in this world, the Bible is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). That is, it actually does something when it is preached, taught, and studied.

For this reason, at Hope Free Lutheran we desire to give opportunity for the continued study of God's Word outside of regular the Sunday morning worship service.

Here is our current line-up of Bible Study opportunities:

  • Men's Bible Study, Saturdays @ 8am at Nana Lil's (51 Railroad St SE, Killdeer, ND)

  • Family Advent Study, first four Wednesdays in December @ 6:30 at the Johnson residence (219 Tabor Drive, Killdeer)

Check the weekly calendar for up-to-date information on times and places

If you have suggestions for additional study opportunities, please contact us

 

CONFIRMATION
In the Lutheran church, confirmation instruction has always been an important aspect of our ministry. It is a way for those baptized into Christ and maturing in faith to be further grounded in the Word of God and instructed in the key doctrines, ministry, and life of the church. In other words, its chief purpose is not to graduate but to educate and make life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.  

At Hope Free Lutheran, confirmation instruction consists of two-and-a-half years of study, which culminates (if so desired) in a student publicly confirming their faith in Christ and their desire to continue as a member in the Lutheran Church.

The two-and-a-half years of study include:

  • Studying through Luther's Catechism, which is a simple, clear, and faithful explanation of the key teaching of God's Word. 

  • Studying through the History of the Christian Church. 

  • Studying what a Christian worldview is and why it matters. 


Confirmation instruction is a once-a-week, one-and-a-half hour class, which takes place during the school year months (Labor day-Memorial day). This class is open to anyone 13 years or older, including adults.

For more information or to sign-up yourself or a student, reach out to Pastor Gideon by emailing him at pastorgideonjohnson@gmail.com.   

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
At Hope Free Lutheran, we have a heart for children. That said, one of the ministries we love is Vacation Bible School (VBS).

VBS is a once-a-summer event for students in pre-school to sixth grade to learn more about God, His Word, and the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. At VBS students will enjoy Bible stories, music, crafts, games, and so much more.  

This event is free. 

Dates for VBS change each year, so check out the calendar and event page for dates and times. 

For more information, reach out to Pastor Gideon by emailing him at pastorgideonjohnson@gmail.com.   

 

MEMBERSHIP CLASSES
The local congregation is the visible outpost of Christ's Kingdom on earth. Therefore, for every Christian, becoming a member of a local congregation is extremely important and necessary so that together we might continue to grow in and show the faith, be an encouragement to and receive encouragement from the saints, and find new and continued opportunities to love and serve one another and build God's kingdom among us.

For this reason, Hope Free Lutheran welcomes those who may be interested in joining our church to start by visiting us a few times and then by taking part in membership classes.

Membership classes are taught by Pastor Gideon on an as-interested basis and are a good opportunity for you to learn more about us and what we believe, teach, and confess. These classes also give us opportunity to learn more about you and how God has blessed and gifted you for His Kingdom's work. 

Membership classes are non-binding. That is to say, by going through membership classes you are in no way obligated to join the church, nor are we obligated to accept you as members. This is simply one of the first steps in what we hope would be a long-term relationship.   

For more information, to express your interest in membership, or to take a look at Hope Free Lutherans constitution and bylaws, reach out to Pastor Gideon by emailing him at pastorgideonjohnson@gmail.com.

 

Sunday School
Although originally begun in England, the Sunday School movement has enjoyed a long history in American Christianity. And, even though it is old, it still serves an important purpose in the church today. Namely, to continue to educate the saints in the Word of God and the message of Jesus Christ. 

At Hope Free Lutheran, we believe in this purpose and, therefore, offer Sunday School for students three-years-old to adult. 

Sunday School takes place during the school year months (Labor Day-Memorial Day) following Sunday morning's worship service. 
    
For more information or to let us know if you are interested in attending, reach out to Pastor Gideon by emailing him at pastorgideonjohnson@gmail.com.