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 returns this year with both in-person presentations, small group optional discussions, and recorded videos. Join in the study of “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the NEW TESTAMENT” taught by Pastors Ruud and Lose. Come to the Tuesday night presentation or watch and learn on your own time. The class topics for 2021-2022 are below. Register here today!

October 5: What Is a Gospel Anyway? The Big Four ~ plus some New Testament overview with Pastor Lose
November 2: What Is the Kingdom of God and Why Does Jesus Talk About It So Much? Matthew, Mark, and Luke with Pastor Ruud
December 7: What About John? John, the Maverick Gospel with Pastor Lose

January 4: Jesus Is Risen! Now What? Acts of the Apostles with Pastor Ruud
February 1: Why Is Paul Such a Big Deal? Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, Philemon with Pastor Lose
March 1: How Did Paul’s Legacy Continue? Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus with Pastor Ruud
April 5: What About All These Other Letters? Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude with Pastor Lose
May 3: Seriously… What’s Up with Revelation? Pastors Lose and Ruud duke it out over this intriguing final Book of the Bible
June 7: Q&A with Pastors Lose & Ruud

Presentations held at the Mpls Campus except Nov ’21 and March ’22 when they will be at the West Campus; 6:30-7:15pm


So What?! Does Luther’s Theology Still Matter?
The Word with Your Pastors – Spring 2022
Through his preaching and writing, Martin Luther spurred a reformation of the whole church. His beliefs – that we are justified by grace through faith, that each of us has a calling (vocation), that God uses both government and church to enrich our lives, and that God encourages and directs our lives of faith through law and gospel – shaped the sixteenth century profoundly. But… that was 500 years ago. Does Luther’s theology still speak? What relevance do his convictions hold for us today? We’ll lift up four key elements of Luther’s theology and ask “So what? Why does this still matter today?

Dates Mpls/West | Topics | Teaching Pastors

  • Apr 27/28 | Two Kingdoms: Faith, Politics & the Body of Christ | Pastor Lose
  • May 4/5 | Justification: You Just Can’t Help Yourself | Pastor Ruud
  • May 11/12 | Law & Gospel: It’s a Matter of Death and Life | Pastor Dixon
  • May 18/19 | Vocation: Why Should I Get Out of Bed? | Pastor Cieslik

This four-week series begins April 27 at Mpls and April 28 at West. Class time is 10:30-11:30am for both campuses. You can participate by attending in-person presentations, receiving recorded videos via email, or both!

Click here to register for the Mpls Campus* series on Wednesdays and/or recorded videos.
Click here to register for the West Campus** series on Thursdays and/or recorded videos.

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

Outdoor Concert Series
August 28, 6pm | $20 per concert (includes concert and dinner)
Come to the Conference & Retreat Center for an Old-Fashioned Country Gospel Show with Parson Paul and the Gloryland Express. Take a sentimental journey down memory lane with such old favorites as I Saw the Light, I’ll Fly Away, and more. Featuring Mount Olivet member Parson Paul…or you may know him as Johnny Pineapple!
Learn more here.

Adult Education Videos

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 Book Discussion

This group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm and is facilitated by Mary Slinde. The discussion is held at the Mpls Campus or via Zoom. Mary Slinde will send a monthly email to registered participants with further details. New members are always welcome. The only requirement is that one loves to read!

Upcoming books:


September 8 – The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
October 13 – The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
November 10 – Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji
December 8- Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley


January 12- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
February 9- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
March 9- The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
April 13- Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
May 11- The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard
June 8- The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly

Register here or contact Katie Stevenson at 612.767.2232.

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.