Education

Our Method of Instruction

Scripture teaches us to “to equip the saints for the ministry, for the building up the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12.

We offer the teaching of timeless truth; Scripture.  Through studying the scriptures we gain “knowledge of God”. It’s the fellowship and prayerful discussions that bring our knowledge of God into the intersection of daily life. We believe information is information, but knowing God is living in relationship with God on a daily basis. So we do that through Multi-generational and relational learning, using fellowship and service through a number of different ministry opportunities that help bridge the understanding of Scripture with daily life, creating faithful learning and thoughtful expression in our lives.

Faith at home, Church your partner

Classes are wonderful formal learning environments designed for students to learn about the Bible and the Christian/Lutheran faith that they are learning. However, learning is not limited to the confines of the church building. In other words, Church isn’t something that is “done to you” but rather to equip you to live  a life of faith, peace and love and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout your life through your words and deeds.

Faith is primarily and most importantly taught and affirmed in the home. Many activities involved in the learning experience are things that can and should frequently be done as a family setting For example, worshiping as a family regularly, helping the student work on his/her memorization, and finally talking about where faith and daily life intersect!

We want to help you to live the life of a disciple and so we have developed opportunities and procured resources to help families become strong in their faith!

Traditional Sunday School

Meets every Sunday between worship services from 9:30am – 10:20am. Open to students K-6 and is designed to teach biblical lessons through story, sharing, art and play. Students will be able to understand how God loves them and how that makes a difference in their lives. Students partake in special worship services at Christmas time and Easter time. Just come as you are!

Adult Forum

Meets Sunday’s between our worship services from 9:30am – 10:20am, Room:105. Topics range from Biblical Study to special topical studies. All classes are designed to meet you where you are and to help you to grow in your faith! Just come as you are!

Confirmation 7th & 8th Graders

Confirmation is the affirmation of faith through our baptismal vow. Many of us were baptized as infants or young children, before we were able to make those baptismal promises ourselves. In baptism, parents make this promise:

“… to live with them among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy Scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that your children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.” 

At a young person’s “affirmation of baptism”, Confirmands are asked to make this promise for themselves: “…to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the commands and example of Jesus as a “disciple of Christ” and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”

How we do it

The process of confirmation varies slightly from congregation to congregation, but the end goal is the same: to prepare people to boldly and confidently make promises to love and serve God, affirm your baptism and continue to live out your faith through the work of God’s church. At Spirit of Joy we journey with you through a 2-year process of both Catechism (religious instruction) and bible instruction, which we alternate each year. Confirmation is for 7th and 8th graders and Confirmation will take place the last Sunday of October in the students’ 9th grade year. Our hope is that young people will be able to articulate their faith in daily life as they continue to mature and make faith filled decisions in their lives.

Our goal, together…

Our goal is to partner with parents/families in the journey of faith development that can be articulated through word and deed as partners in the spread of the gospel through faithful living. Part of this is instruction and part of this is practice through serving to develop life-long skills as a disciple (learner and follower) of Christ as the Holy Scriptures instruct us.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Proverbs 22:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Confirmation is a process of discipleship

Confirmation is not an ending, but a renewal in faith, like a new beginning as a step in the lifelong journey of faith in Jesus Christ. Confirmation is a highly encouraged, elective experience that includes instruction, prayer, contemplation, discussion, outreach to the world through service, worship, fellowship as we seek, honor and serve God for the goodness of the world!

Confirmation is a process of discipleship. It is studying and applying the faith of the Christian church into which you were baptized as recognition of an ongoing journey with Jesus Christ.  Confirmation Sunday (Last Sunday in October – Reformation Sunday) is a very special day when young people publicly proclaim their commitment to following Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This proclamation in response to God’s love in Jesus is exciting! Confirmation will be one of many things that will help you grow in your faith in Jesus and help you understand the unconditional love that is given to you as a child of God. Working together, you, your parents, and the church will partner together to make sure these promises are fulfilled.

There is no doubt that you will have a blast at camp! Join us this summer! Please contact the church office for more information. soj@spiritofjoygilbert.org.

Diakonia

Diakonia is a call to discipleship. The invitation is to live our lives for Christ, to commune with other Christians, and to undertake theological learning that will mature our understanding of the Word and carry that learning to others in love and service.

Begun by a Lutheran pastor to support the work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Diakonia is offered to both ELCA members and others interested in learning more about their Christian faith. Currently active in 11 out of 65 ELCA synods, the program develops dynamic disciples by providing:

  • Rich, theological education
  • A deepened appreciation of the Bible – dynamic, living and transformational
  • Clarity in forms of grace-filled service

The Diakonia curriculum consists of twelve courses, with six courses offered each academic year. Each course has five weekly sessions that meet in three-hour increments. Weekly assignments and reading are designed to relate subject matter to the students’ context of life and ministry.

Tuition cost is $60/course, $360/year.  Some synods may charge a small registration or graduation fee, offer retreats or other educational opportunities that may include additional fees.  The cost for books for each course varies, but typically doesn’t exceed $30/course.  Some synods offer scholarships for tuition. Your home congregation may offer some financial assistance as well.  Additional information on the National Diakonia can be found at  www.diakoniausa.org . For local class offerings please inquire through the Grand Canyon Synod.

1159 North Greenfield Road
Gilbert AZ, 85234-2845

480-507-0742

Pastor Brian Cain makes learning about the Lord fun and easy to understand. Absolutely love going to church at Spirit of Joy. The 10:30am service is filled with great people and just an all-around amazing experience. Recommend it to anybody.

Paul S.

Gilbert, AZ

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