Good News for Ordinary People

Where Faith and Life Connect

Draw nearer to God by exploring the Bible and experiencing the power and possibility of Scripture. Express your faith in new ways through personal study and small group discussions.  Adult Education offers Bible studies, book groups, classes, and events to deepen your faith and help you apply it to your daily life.

Bible & Theological Studies

The Living the Message Bible study will begin in October 2022 with in-person presentations, small group optional discussions, and recorded videos. The theme for the 2022-2023 series is Built On a Rock ~ Exploring the Heart of Christianity from Genesis to Revelation and will be taught by Pastors Ruud and Lose. Come to the Tuesday night presentations or watch and learn on your own time. (Or both!)

Schedule/Monthly Topics
Mpls (except where noted); 6:30-7:30pm
Oct 4: God Talk: Theology In and Out of the Bible – Pastor Lose
Nov 1: Original Blessing: Creation – Pastor Ruud (at West)
Dec 6: Missing the Mark: Sin – Pastor Lose
Jan 3: East of Eden: Covenant, Law, and Community – Pastor Ruud
Feb 7: God con Carne: Incarnation – Pastor Lose
Mar 7: Love Wins: Atonement – Pastor Ruud (at West)
Apr 11*: The Body of Christ: Church and Holy Spirit – Pastor Lose
May 2: The End of All Things: Eschatology – Pastor Ruud

*the second Tuesday of the month due to Holy Week.

For more information and to register for Living the Message, click here.

Pray Without Ceasing
The Word with Your Pastors – Fall 2022 – Mpls and West Campuses
What’s the deal with prayer? Why pray? Ever wonder what prayer is exactly or what it’s good for? Does prayer actually do anything? Is there such a thing as bad prayers, or a bad way to pray? What are some tried and true prayers? How many different ways are there to pray? To whom should we pray and what for? What does the Bible say about prayer? What did Jesus say about it? How can we become more confident and practiced at prayer in our faithful lives? And again, why pray? Join some of your Mount Olivet pastors this fall in tackling, discussing, and learning about all these questions and more in a four-session series about all things prayer. In the meantime, we’ll be praying for you!

MPLS Date | Topic | Teaching Pastor
Oct 19 | What Is Prayer? | Pastor MacLean
Oct 26 | Prayer & the Community of the Spirit | Pastor Dixon
Nov 2 | Prayers My Grandmother Taught Me | Pastor Kalland
Nov 9 | How Should We Pray? | Pastor Freeman
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am and/or via emailed videos.

WEST Date | Topic | Teaching Pastor
Oct 20 | What Is Prayer? | Pastor MacLean
Oct 27 | Prayer & the Community of the Spirit | Pastor Dixon
Nov 3| Prayers My Grandmother Taught Me | Pastor Kalland
Nov 10 | How Should We Pray? | Pastor Freeman
Thursdays 10:30-11:30am and/or via emailed videos.

For more information and to register for The Word with Your Pastors at MPLS, click here.
For more information and to register for The Word with Your Pastors at WEST, click here.

Please contact Katie Stevenson, Coordinator of Adult Education, by email or at 612.767.2232 with any questions.

Mpls: 5025 Knox Ave South, Mpls, MN 55419
West: 7150 Rolling Acres Road, Victoria, MN 55386

Conference & Retreat Center Offerings

Midweek Summer Worship
Spend this summer exploring the beauty of God’s creation. Genesis 1 poetically describes God’s creation of the sun, moon, and stars, and the plants, animals, and people over six days. God joyfully ended each day by declaring, “And it was good.” Then God rested on the seventh day. Join the Mount Olivet pastors each Wednesday at the Conference & Retreat Center from June 22 through August 3 as they preach through the seven days of creation. Begin each evening with fellowship and delicious food. Join our site naturalist, Dan Kahl, for nature talks and take-home tips for enhancing the beauty of your own yards. Then gather together for worship. Click here for more information and to register.

Adult Education Videos

So What?! Does Luther’s Theology Still Matter? – Spring 2022

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the New Testament (Living the Message 2021-2022 series)

The Gospel of Mark – Winter 2022

The Word with Your Pastors: The Prophets –Fall 2021

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Bible… but were afraid to ask! (Living the Message 2020-2021 series)

What Does “Lutheran” Mean?

Gospel of Matthew

Journey through Hell – Click Here for the Study Guide

Rally in the Valley – A Study of King David

“The Story Behind the Nativity Story” with Pastor Lose

“The Story Behind the Seven Last Words of Christ” with Pastor Lose and Dr. Beverly Claflin.

Video #1 – Introduction
Video #2 – Words 1, 2, 3 & 4
Video #3 – Words 5, 6, 7 & the Chorale

Book Discussions

Evening and Daytime Options

Come and enjoy a lively discussion of a new book every month. Mary Slinde is facilitating both the evening and daytime discussions. The same book will be discussed at the evening and daytime options. New members are always welcome! You can join in for one discussion – or all!

Daytime Discussions: 10-11:30am the second Tuesday of the month; Mpls (begins in September)
Evening Discussions: 7-8:30pm the second Wednesday of the month; Mpls (ongoing)

Register here for Daytime Discussion
Register here for Evening Discussion

Or contact Katie Stevenson at | 612.767.2232.

Book Selections 2022-2023
July – Remember by Lisa Genova
August – The Mothers by Brit Bennett
September – Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
October – After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell
November – Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
December – Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
January – The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
February – Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson
March – The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
April – Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
May – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
June – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

LGBTQ Voice and Verse

LGBTQ Voice and Verse is an educational opportunity of communal study in love, support, and continued understanding of all aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation in faithful life together. Through shared experience, discussion, and learning, this group seeks to build mutual awareness and insight in this particular reality of faith and life toward honor and love for all.

If you’d like more information about LGBTQ Voice and Verse, contact Pastor Ruud at 612.767.2261 or by email.