We love students at Good Shepherd! In student ministries we encourage each other, pray together and help students build a relationship with Jesus. Experience Sunday Night Ministries, retreats, serving opportunities, events such as the annual dodgeball tournament, mission trips, Bible studies and small groups. Students are always encouraged to bring friends.

FUEL offers activities for 6th-8th-grade students and families.

IGNITE is for our high school students and families.

Come be a part of FUEL and IGNITE! To get involved, see the links and information below.


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Sunday Night Ministry Grades 6-12

6:30-8:15pm, Sundays September - April

Middle School (FUEL) and High School (IGNITE) students have separate worship venues. Sunday Night Ministry is a student-led night of worship. The student ministry bands lead their peers in song. The night includes games, scripture-based message, small groups, prayer and connect time. We have a stellar team adult leaders that give their Sunday nights to serve these students in spiritual conversations, encouragement and prayer. All adults. We have several serving opportunities available for group leaders (lessons and materials are provided), special event planning and service teams (tech, check-in, welcome, etc.). If you are an adult interested in partnering with us to serve students as they come to know and love God, please send us an email.
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Confirmation Affirmation of Baptism
Confirmation ministry is intended to help students identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission. The process of confirmation ministry or "affirmation of baptism," occurs during the three years of FUEL (6th-8th grade) and culminates in ninth grade with FaithWalk and an Affirmation of Baptism worship service. The process encompasses the following:

FaithWalk Connection

The church partners with parents, who are the primary spiritual leaders, to support them in raising students who love and serve God. Twice a year parents and students come together to have spiritual conversations at FaithWalk Connection. These experiences include teachings from Luther’s Small Catechism: The Sacraments, The Ten Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, and The Lord’s Prayer. Students will learn foundations of the faith from both the Old and New Testaments.  

FaithWalk Journey

Students 9th grade and older may participate in Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation. Prior to Confirmation, parents and students participate in classes, plus a student retreat. The program runs September - April. Registration is open in August.  

Confirmation Celebration

A worship service is held in April for 9th grade students and older who have completed the FaithWalk Connection (in FUEL) and FaithWalk Journey to affirm what was said for them at their baptism. Students have the chance to share their story of knowing God “faith journey” through a unique, hand-crafted Faith Expression Project.
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Student Retreats and Events Grades 6-12

6-8 Grade Summer Retreat : Eternal Impact

Incoming 6-8 Graders, come enjoy Faith, Fun and Friendships. Be sure and invite friends! Fusion Buddies are looking forward to partnering with students with Special Needs. Four nights in June, 6:00-9:00PM.

College Freshmen Retreat: Intentional Faith

In August, as freshmen head off to college, spend 1.5 hours learning how you can be intentional about practicing your faith in your new home away from home. Get ideas from others who have recently been away and perhaps even attended the same school you are going to.

High School Senior Retreat: Senior Charge

High School seniors, it’s your year to lead our high school ministry. In August, come share your ideas while we paint the vision for our ministry for the upcoming year.

High School Fall Retreat : DELTA

DELTA Retreat is an integral part of the Confirmation preparation, FaithWalk Journey, and takes place in November.  This overnight retreat is planned, prayed over, and led by high school students (10th-12th Grade). The weekend includes large group games, student testimonies, small group conversations, lots of food and passionate worship.

6-8 Grade Fall Retreat: FOUND

Faith Opens Up New Doors (FOUND) Retreat is a time for students to explore their faith, have fun with friends, and realize “I belong here!” Experience team building, crazy games, worship, a theme that impacts personal lives, and an overnight retreat. Students are encouraged to invite friends.

Winter Retreat

Offsite weekend retreats for FUEL and IGNITE students and leaders. Connect with other youth at a Christian camp that provides quality speakers, passionate worship, group activities and plenty of outdoor winter fun.

Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament: Dodgin’4Dough

This dodge ball tournament, held in early February, is a fun way to invite our community to enjoy some fun competition while raising funds for Student Ministries Mission trips. Participation includes three age brackets: middle school, high school, and adults. Check out dodgin4dough.com for details.

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Parents of Teens Small Group Support
Good Shepherd desires to partner with parents to raise students who love and serve God. Those who sign up for Parents of Teens come for Orientation in September to learn how the church can partner with you to have the biggest influence on your student(s) and family. To be equipped and supported, a parent group meets for Bible study and parenting information on Sunday nights at the same time students have FUEL & IGNITE Sunday Night Ministries. The weekly Bible reading plan is provided to enjoy as a family prior to students engaging it on Sunday night. Sundays, September - April, 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
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Special Needs Support In Children and Student Ministries
Our goal is for all children and students to be able to successfully participate in all ministries with their peers. Based on each child’s individual needs, we provide:
  • One-on-one buddies
  • Coordination with staff and small group leaders
  • Accommodations (visual schedules, fidgets, etc.)
These supports are available in all children and student ministry opportunities and special events. If you have any questions, please click the "Email Leader" button below. Register for children's ministry activities on the main children's ministry page. Registration for student ministry activities coming soon.
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Student Worship Bands

FUEL Band is for 6th-8th grade students.

IGNITE Band is for high school students.

Students have the opportunity to lead their peers in worship on Sunday nights and other events such as retreats and children's ministry events. The band is always looking to build the team with musicians (keyboard, drums, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, etc.) and vocalists. 

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please send us an email.
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Student Small Groups High School

In-Home Small Groups: Life Groups

Life Groups discuss issues that relate to teens’ daily lives. The small group meets in a home and includes refreshments, highs and lows from the week, video or book-driven devotion, and small group prayer. Contact us for more information or if you are interested in hosting a small group at your home one evening a week.

Retreat Planning Team: DELTA Planners

Join the DELTA Planning team on Monday Nights (10 weeks beginning in August). We pray, plan, and engage in team building activities in preparation for the FaithWalk Journey DELTA retreat in November.

Student Discipleship: Pathfinders

Want to grow deeper in a relationship with God through scripture reading, group discussion, weekly challenges, life application of Christian principles, leadership development, as well as building deeper relationships with peers? Pathfinders is a small group of students desiring more and developing as leaders in their ministry, church and community.

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Student Mission Trips Grades 6-12

Community Service Mission Trip : Week of Hope (6-7 grades)

Week of Hope is a summer mission trip for students desiring to serve others through various community service projects.  Current 6th & 7th grade students attend Week of Hope; current 8th grade students are invited to join the Workcamp mission trip.

Home Repair Mission Trip : Workcamp (8-12 grades)

Workcamp is a week-long summer mission trip for students and adults to come together to serve individuals and communities through home repair, while building strong, long-lasting relationships with their friends and leaders.

International Mission Trip : Guatemala

Good Shepherd partners with Hearts in Motion (H.I.M.), an organization in Guatemala, to provide mission trips that assist in the development of poor communities through clean water projects, home improvements, job development, medical clinics, church partnerships, and relationship building. Trips are typically in January and June/July.

Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament : Dodgin’4Dough

This dodge ball tournament, held in early February, is a fun way to invite our community to enjoy some fun competition while raising funds for Student Ministries Mission trips. Participation includes three age brackets: middle school, high school, and adults. Check out dodgin4dough.com for details.

To view current open registrations, click below. CURRENT STUDENT REGISTRATION FORMS, INFORMATION AND UPDATES
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Eternal Impact Summer Ministry Event - Grades 6-8
An amazing 4 night ministry event for incoming 6th - 8th graders with Food...Fun...Faith...Fellowship! This camp for middle schoolers is held in June every year. All registrations received by May 26 include a t-shirt. Register here.
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Family Worship Events Next: Illusionist Clayton Poland
All of our family ministries work together to create a worship experience geared towards the ENTIRE family (parents, kids, teens and grandparents, too). In addition to the service, family worship events may include an optional meal, encouraging fellowship time with our community. Watch for details on upcoming events.  

Purpose/Vision of Family Worship:

Connect families in community to engage in activities that foster a heart posture toward God in everyday life.  

Upcoming Event:

Back-to-School Family Worship, including annual Blessing of the Backpacks:

Saturday, August 25, 4pm worship, 5pm optional dinner

Featuring illusionist Clayton Poland! The reality of God’s love will be revealed in an exciting and creative way that everyone can connect with and remember. Includes music, scripture, and Good Shepherd’s annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Stay for dinner ($5 per person, maximum $15 per family, pay at the door). Register HERE.


Annual events:

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Summertime Family Worship
  • Back-to-School Worship
  • ADVENT Night
Dates and details will be posted as events are coming up.
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