Adult Ministry

Learning, growing, serving — together in community.

Dig deeper. Wrestle. Share conversation about God, the Bible and life topics that matter.

Bethlehem offers a variety of small group opportunities, bible studies, short-term classes, and support groups for adults who want to take the next step.

What is your next step?

Use the links on this page to explore the many opportunities for adults at Bethlehem. If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us and we’ll help you connect.

Small Groups

Deepening relationships can be a challenge when the world tries to spread us really thin. Bethlehem is a big community in a few different locations, so small groups help us stay connected in meaningful ways.

We can help you form a small group together with folks you already know or with others who share something in common. Once your group works through the introductory curriculum (7 sessions), you get access to a Bethlehem’s Digital Library filled with curriculum, conversation topics, and ideas for gathering long term.

Groups can meet weekly, monthly or quarterly. You can focus on a theme like prayer, bible study, or social justice. Groups can reserve space at church, meet online, or rotate hosting at home and create a schedule that works for their members. There are a lot of right ways to be part of a small group.

Small group online

What is the commitment?

Seven sessions – and the opportunity to continue.

The introductory curriculum is called “Developing a Spiritual Lens”. These seven conversations invite you to practice using a common language for engaging faith together. There is little or no pre-work and a whole lot of grace. All of the resources for this curriculum live in a Google Classroom designed for these 7 sessions.

When you register for a small group, you are saying YES to these sessions. When you’ve completed them, discern together as a group who wants to continue and what it will look like moving forward.

Where will groups meet?

Each group can decide how to gather — digitally, in person, outdoors, or a hybrid. We continue to recommend a safe and healthy practice of social-distancing based on the state’s guidelines. We want all members of your group to feel comfortable participating.

What does support look like?

You have a lot of staff support while you’re getting started and using the introductory curriculum. Your group has access to scripture readings, videos, podcasts, questions and prayers to guide your discussion. Hosts will coordinate meeting times, communicate with group members as necessary, and help facilitate discussion. In addition, small group ministry staff members are available for guidance, pastoral care and technical assistance along the way.

Dwelling in the Word with Pastor Meta

Join us on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for a weekly spiritual practice known as “Dwelling in the Word”. No bible study experience or pre-work necessary! Pastor Meta will guide you through prayerful reflection, silence, and conversation that’s rooted in scripture. At 10:30 am we’ll receive a blessing, at which point you can leave the meeting to continue your day or stick around for a casual fellowship time with friends.

Register for Zoom link

Other Adult Ministry Groups

Parents of Beloved Teens

If you are navigating the tumultuous and glorious teen years, this group is for you. We laugh, pray, educate, get curious, and listen to and with each other. We are an eclectic, welcoming bunch who thinks parenting is a beautiful, messy, Godly act, which requires lots of grace.

In 2021, our plan is to have more fun and play time. Think kindergarten “show & tell” meets game night. We gather every other Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom.

Sunday Bible Study

A Sunday morning bible study that gathers virtually before worship.  We grow in faith and understanding when we study God’s word together, so let’s read the Sunday text together and wrestle with it. Share ideas. What does it mean? How does it relate to life? Then come to worship and see what new insights are gained in the context of sermon and song. All are welcome. Conversation led by Marsh Pechauer. 

Please contact Pastor Kris @ [email protected] to be added to the group.

CareerWalk

Are you on a job search or thinking about a career change? CareerWalk is here for you! 

CareerWalk offers job transition support and connection for people in a job search or thinking about a career change. Sessions includes attitude, self-assessment and reflection, networking, resumes and LinkedIn, and interviewing. 

CareerWalk is here to help. Services are FREE and open to everyone. Please contact Pastor Kris at [email protected] to learn more

Womens Day of Service

One Saturday each year, women of all ages from both campuses gather to make a difference in the world. Their impact will be felt not as a grand gesture, but rather as an accumulation of little things that make a big difference. Women will be finishing quilts to send to people who need a warm blanket.  Others will roll bandages for a mission hospital overseas – such a simple thing, but critically important for patient care.  Others will assemble Newborn and Hospice Kits. The items in these kits are everyday things, little things we often take for granted here, but such a blessing to the people who receive them across the world.

Join the Women’s Day of Service group on Realm to stay up to date on all things WDOS!

WDOS Realm Group

Women’s Bible Study – Gather

Beat the Covid doldrums, and connect with other women through Bible study. The three-month study beginning in September is, “The Gift of the Spirit”. This group meets in-person the third Thursday of each month, from 1-2:00pm starting, September 16.

Subscribe to the Women of the ELCA magazine, Gather, for the study, and register so we can be ready to welcome you.

Led by Pastor Kris. 

Register

Meta’s Book Club

Led by Pastor Meta, this group meets quarterly on Zoom to discuss fiction and non-fiction books by BIPOC authors. Register once for the whole year to receive the schedule and reoccurring Zoom link. The day before each gathering, Meta sends an email with a few discussion questions to get you thinking. We don’t have to stick to those questions, but they serve as a place to begin the conversation.

Register

Free Spirits

Minnetonka Campus

All adults are welcome to join the Minnetonka senior group, which gathers regularly each month for fun activities like concerts, museums, outdoor activities, special speakers, theater plays, lunch, and more.

If you would like to receive information about upcoming events in your inbox, email Sue Lungstrom ([email protected]).

SALT (Seniors Active in Life Together)

Minneapolis Campus

If you are 50 years or older, come be an active part of Bethlehem’s ministry in SALT and get to know other seniors in our congregation. The ministry of SALT sponsors activities including learning experiences, meals together, trips and more. In recent years we have visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts museum, traveled to New Ulm for a concert by Bethlehem’s Mark Paisar, held service events as well as Valentine’s and Christmas dinners, and more. We make scholarship funds available so that everyone can participate. 

If you would like to receive information about upcoming SALT events email Pastor Kris at [email protected].

Staff Contacts

Minnetonka Campus Pastor

Meta Herrick Carlson

Phone: 612-312-3403
Minnetonka Campus Administrator

Sue Lungstrom

Phone: 952-935-3419 ext. 200
Pastor of Faith Formation

Kris Tostengard Michel

Phone: 612-312-3410