Youth

The youth ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church exists to equip and empower youth (grades 6-12) – in and through Christ – to grow in their faith and love for God, His Church, and all people; and to become fully-devoted, world-changing Christ-followers. We do this in support of and collaboration with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s mission of “Building up God’s people, through His Word, for His world.”

 Our mission and vision sprouted from Paul’s instructions to the leaders of an early Christian church. He writes in his letter to them…

[Our] responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. – Ephesians 4:12-16 (NLT)

Paul may not have had youth ministry in mind when he wrote this letter, but his instructions were relevant and clear: Grow! The life of a Christ-follower is an ongoing journey of growth – of growing into the person – and the people – God desires us to be. To be sure, “…growing in every way more and more like Christ…” doesn’t just happen. It takes dedication. It takes persistence. It takes intentional – even, at times, sacrificial – commitment. It takes practice. Youth ministry is ultimately a practice – one in which we invite and encourage youth to “practice” the way of Jesus – a life that reflects who we are, whose we are, and who we were created by God to be. Our practice – what we do and why do what we do – is an effort to help every youth be planted, be nurtured, and be transformed; so that they may be equipped and empowered to plant, nurture and transform.

Good Shepherd's youth ministry...

... wants to see every youth become a fully devoted, world-changing Christ-follower.

... sees that the best way for that to happen is for youth to be in an active relationship with Christ, the Church, and other believers.

... believes that an active relationship includes: experiencing community (fellowship); knowing Jesus (learning); building the kingdom (outreach); raising praises (worship); and sharing the love (service).

... seeks to meet the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of youth while encouraging a lifestyle that reflects their identity in Christ.

... offers engaging events, opportunities, and environments for teens in grades 6-12 to connect with others, grow in their faith, and be transformed through an active relationship with Christ. 

Our two youth group environments are: MSM (Middle School Ministry - Grades 6-8) and HSM (High School Ministry - Grades 9-12). Events and opportunities for these two groups are planned throughout the year. For more information about youth ministry at Good Shepherd, contact Andy Muich (Director of Christian Education) or read about MSM and HSM in other sections on this page.

MSM

All middle school age youth (grades 7–8) are encouraged to be a part of MSM (Good Shepherd’s Middle School Ministry). Activities are limited right now, but when we start gathering again, here are some events you can expect. Sunday Morning Bible Study is going on right now!

MSM & HSM @ HOME

All middle school youth are encouraged to be a part of our Sunday Morning Bible Study and grow deeper in their faith and understanding of the Christian life. This casual, conversational, affirming, and informative gathering meets online now. Email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich to join in. 

Monthly and Annual Events

There are many activities and events planned throughout the year for the middle school youth. Such events include the MSM Fall Retreat, the Quake in Baltimore, Whitewater Rafting, MSM Youth Nights, and much more.

Confirmation

7th and 8th grade students may choose to take part in our confirmation program, which is divided into a number of modules. These modules are offered in a hybrid format this year. We are meeting once a month in a class that combines in-person and videoconference attendance. Additionally, Pastor Johann creates videos with more class material. For more information about the confirmation program at Good Shepherd, email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich. Or take a look at the "Confirmation" section on this page for an outline of what's covered in each module and a link to the videos.

HSM

All high school age youth (grades 9–12) are invited to be a part of HSM (Good Shepherd’s High School Ministry). High school youth are encouraged to take part in the many events and opportunities (spiritual, social, and/or service oriented) planned throughout the year.

Our gatherings are limited right now, but read about what we hope to return to -- soon! And join in our Sunday Morning Bible Study at any time. Read more about it below.

HSM 630

HSM 630, our High School Youth Night, is held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. All high school youth and their friends are invited to join us for this twice-a-month gathering. Each HSM 630 will be a different experience, so come often be a part of this great community!

MSM & HSM @ HOME

All high school youth are encouraged to be a part of our Sunday Morning Bible Study and grow deeper in their faith and understanding of the Christian life. This casual, conversational, affirming, and informative gathering meets online now. Email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich to join in. 

Fall Retreat

SED-North High School Fall Retreat a multi-church retreat that gathers high school students from our area for a weekend of spiritual growth and refreshment. Several area Lutheran churches team to up to host this event at Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Jefferson, Maryland, during the first weekend in November. The Fall Retreat is an awesome weekend filled with challenging games, outdoor activities, passionate and relevant speakers, interactive Bible studies, powerful worship experiences, group bonding, intentional relaxation, and so much more. Our fall retreats have been a highlight for many of our students—in fact, many past participants considered them to be a pivotal moment in their faith journey. For more information about the status of this year's Fall Retreat, email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich.

Summer Workcamp (Mission Trip)

Every summer, our high school youth have the opportunity to participate in a Workcamp (hosted by Group Mission Trips). This is a longstanding tradition for the youth at Good Shepherd, and a highlight of the year for many of our teens. Workcamp is a transformative week of service, bonding, fun, and worship with youth from all over the country. During this week, participants will serve deserving residents of a community (usually located 5-8 hours from GSLC) through home repair, light construction and carpentry, painting, and so much more. They will also get a chance to work as a team, building friendships that will last for years to come. If you’ve been a part of a Workcamp before, you know how life-changing this event can be. . . and if you’ve never been, don’t miss this opportunity to see for yourself what an awesome experience it truly is! Email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich for more information about this summer's mission trip.

Stay Connected and in the Loop

Connect with HSM on Facebook. “Like” us and get updates and announcements, and see pics from past events. You can also check out some HSM highlights by searching for #goodshepherdhsm on Instagram.

COnfirmation 2020-2021

7th and 8th grade students may choose to take part in our confirmation program, which is divided into a number of modules. These modules are offered in a hybrid format this year, with in-person and videoconference attendance on the dates below. All classes meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Class dates and times are subject to change. Email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich for more information.

Module 1 (Thursday, November 12)

The Old Testament: Creation, Covenant, Exodus, Law, Obedience/Disobedience, Exile, Restoration, Hope of the Messiah

Watch the Confirmation Module 1 video on Vimeo

Watch the Confirmation Module 1 video on YouTube

Module 2 (Thursday, December 10)

New Testament: Fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecies, Jesus Christ, the (Early) Church, Reading & Hearing Scripture

Watch the Confirmation Module 2 video on Vimeo

Watch the Confirmation Module 2 video on YouTube

Module 3 (Thursday, January 14)

God the Father: Creation, Preservation, Holiness

Note: There is no video for Confirmation Module 3

Module 4 (Thursday, February 11)

God the Son: Two  Natures of Christ, Salvation Metaphors, Redemption

Module 5 (Thursday, March 11)

God the Holy Spirit: Divine Presence, Conversion, Sanctification

Module 6 (Thursday, April 8)

The Lord's Prayer: Petitions, Meanings, Creative Application

Confirmation Banquet and Rehearsal

TBD

Rite of Confirmation

Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 21, time TBD