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Both classes will be given a Booklet.

You will need to purchase a Bible and a notebook. You may use any Bible; however, in your 2nd year, we will be using one that has a concordance. The NIV is a good translation. The Message is another great translation that puts the Bible into today's language. A great Self-Study Bible I recommend is the Concordia Self-Study Bible. You can find it HERE.


Purchase your Catechism ebook HERE or you may purchase a hard copy through the registration link below. They will be ready for a contactless pick up at Hope or I will deliver them to you. Next steps: Decide who your mentor/parent will be for your student. This person will be in class with them through out the first 8 classes. 


You know the drill! However this year, 8th graders will need a different mentor than the one they had last year. This mentor will also be in class for the first half of the year. You will want a concordance with your Bible this year. 


You can find our schedule on our Google Calendar. Starting in January 2021 our schedule will be tentative, but plan on Sunday mornings for class. Our retreat is still TBD. Click HERE for the Journey Calendar.


All classes will be held through the Zoom online platform on Sundays at 10AM, this time may get shifted depending on the time of our livestream services. Our first class will be on October 25th.

Gathering Reflections

We expect you to be engaged in 60% of our Worship Experiences and RüT. However, you only need to fill out 10 of these during your time in Journey.

Journey Community Service

You are responsible for completing 7 hours of community service. 5 of these hours need to be completed in our community outside of church. The remaining 2 need to be hours served in our church community.

The Journey Pathway

Our hope is that by the time a youth turns 19 years old, he or she will have 5 biblically-solid mentors that will walk with them through their emerging adulthood. Mentors will be approved by the student, his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) and myself. Here’s a deeper look on how this happens: 

Journey 1 

Baptism and First Communion

Acts 2:38 tells us, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

At Hope, students can go through a 1st Communion Class when they are in 5th grade. When the students has completed this, they shift into their next Journey. 

Journey 2 

An Explanation of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism

In the fall, 7th graders, partnered with their 1st mentor or parent (the primary faith leader in their family; either mom or dad), walk through the 6 chief parts of the Lutheran faith. When the student completes this year, they move into Journey 3.

Journey 3 

A Confirmation Experience 

In the fall, 8th graders, partnered with 2nd mentor or parent (if mom was the mentor in Journey 2, dad can be the mentor for Journey 3), walk through different teaching examples from the Bible, taught by the Jonathan, DCE. When they complete this year, they move into the 4th Series of Journey. 

Journey 4 

Grace: For Those Who Think They Don’t Measure Up

A sophomore and their 3rd mentor will read the book, “Grace: For Those Who Think They Don’t Measure Up” together. The 3rd mentor will use the Leader’s Guide, found in the back of the book, to aid in the discussion. This is a 7-12 week commitment.

Journey 5 

Jesus is the Son of God - John 20:30-31

A senior and their 4th mentor will read the book of John together. This will be a 7-9 month commitment. This will be competed during his or her senior year. 

 Journey 6 

“Engaging the disinterested to walk in the hope of Jesus.” 

We want our mission statement to come alive in everyone - including our youth. Our hope and prayer is that a 19 year old will take ahold of this mission. The 5th mentor will work with the Senior and be a mentor that will guide and help them engage their disinterested friends and fulfill our church’s mission. We will commission them to be self-directed and find ways to use all 5 of their mentors through out their emerging adulthood.

Journey 7 
The Life Long Approach
No matter how hard we try. We fail. It’s called sin. But that doesn’t mean we give up and give in to letting Satan lead our life. No, we stay connected to the vine. John 15:5. As Luther say, "we need to daily drown our old Adam.” We need to let go of our old-self and step into the new creation he has made in us. God makes us holy though out our life. It is a life-long approach that is fulfilled when we meet him face to face. 

Would you like to start this adventure? Just think about your 12 year old. In 7 years, they could have 5 mentors walking with them though every situation in college, when they are 25 years old, 30 years old and maybe even beyond. 

Maybe you have a 17 year old now… it’s never to late to start in The Series. Let’s begin a Journey plan for your family. Contact Jonathan on how your youth can get involved with the Journey Series.