How can I get involved?
The opportunities are endless at Shepherd of the Hills. You can get involved in Bible study or join a small group. (Small groups are a great way to get connected to other Christians in fellowship, Bible study and spiritual growth). If you simply want to learn about opportunities to volunteer or what is available for your children or teens, please visit our Welcome Booth for information.
What if I am not Lutheran?
No problem. We are here for everyone. Whether you are just searching and have no clue what to believe or are a committed follower of Christ, our desire is to be a place for all people to be able to come and explore and grown in a relationship with Christ.
What if I haven't been to church in a long time?
Not a problem, even if you've never been to church. Each weekend, many people visit Shepherd of the Hills for the first time. Our worship services don't require that you have any past church experience.
Is there something for my kids?
There certainly is! We offer Sunday School each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. using Kingdom Quest, a high-impact discipleship program. At 10:30 a.m. we offer Kids Church, a Sunday worship experience geared just for them. We also offer Vacation Bible School each summer, gathering kids from the surrounding community to discover who Jesus is and connect to Him in faith. Our Children's Ministry is headed by Shelli Haynes, DCE.
What sorts of things go on at Shepherd of the Hills?
Shepherd of the Hills is an active community of believers living out their faith in a number of ways. We offer activities for children, youth, and adults. We serve our community and the world through mission trips, local service projects, and our food pantry. There are a large number of small group Bible studies to help you grow in your faith. We offer regular activities for the whole family, helping you connect to one another forming bonds of faith and mutual support.
I'm struggling with some personal issues. Is help available?
Yes. Many people, including Christians, face challenges in their personal and family lives. These can include addictions, marital problems, financial crises, abuse, depression, divorce, deaths of loved ones, physical trauma and emotional problems. We want to support you and encourage healing in your life however possible. It is admirable and courageous to recognize that you need support in sorting out life's difficulties. You may request to meet with one of our pastors to discuss your problem in confidence. We also have several ministries that may be beneficial to you as you journey through difficulties in life.
What kind of Lutherans are you?
Shepherd of the Hills is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Do you do weddings at Shepherd of the Hills?
We love weddings here at Shepherd of the Hills! As a family-focused church we want to celebrate with you as you begin your family and life together. For detailed information on weddings at Shepherd of the Hills click this link for a pdf document of WEDDING INFORMATION or contact the church office.
Is there something for youth?
For our Jr. High youth we offer Confirmation instruction during both the 9:00 (instruction) and 10:30 (worship) services to help them explore their faith and connect to the congregation and one another. There are also monthly activities, and retreats throughout the year. For High School students we offer Sunday Bible class at 9:00 as well as mid-week youth group at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. There are also regular outings, retreats, and youth gatherings. For more information or to get connected please contact Shelli Haynes.
How do I become a member?
If you are new to the whole church thing or new to the Lutheran Church, we invite you to attend the Discovery Class. The Discovery Class is a 5-week class to help learn some of the basics of the Christian faith and a little bit about Shepherd of the Hills. Upon completion of the Discovery Class you are invited to become a member, though this is not required. Contact Lauren to learn about the next class.
If you would like to transfer from another Lutheran church, please request a transfer from that church to Shepherd of the Hills, fill out a membership application, and set up a meeting to chat with Pastor Kevin. If you would like to attend the Discovery Class, you are more than welcome to do so, however this is not a requirement.