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Spiritual Formation

One aspect of deepening our relationships with God and one another in Jesus Christ is by growing in our own faith through education. Zion encourages you to participate in the variety of adult educational opportunities available. If you would like to go deeper, we encourage you to explore with Luther Seminary’s Lay School of Theology. The Lay School of Theology is a program of informal, non-credit classes taught by seminary professors for lay persons who want to learn more about matters that relate to their Christian faith and life. These classes are held throughout the year online and at the Seminary. For more information on these opportunities, visit the Luther Seminary website


 Click here to visit "YouVersion,"  a very helpful online Bible study resources. It has reading plans, notes, Bible searches and all 66 books of God's Word. 



Click Here to access the Daily Texts Website which lists Bible readings and prayers for each day of the Year. The website is sponsored by Mt. Carmel Ministries, a Bible camp in Minnesota that Pastor Dan's family has attended and worked at for many years.


One of the best ways to begin getting connected at Zion is to take a Spiritual Gift Inventory.  This brief survey will help identify the ways God has uniquely gifted you to serve both inside and outside of Zion. Click HERE for a link to an online survey you can take and print out. Click HERE for detailed instructions of how to use the inventory and for a background on Spiritual Gifts.


This test is designed to give you a snapshot of your Base and Phase ministry gifts as articulated in Ephesians 4 (Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist, Pastor) as put together by Mike Breen and 3DM. Your bas ministry gift is the area you are most likely to enjoy and remain in long term. Your phase ministry is something you may use from time to time as the need arises. Click HERE for the online inventory.


Zion offers both adult and infant baptism.  Would you or your child like to be baptized at Zion? 
Click HERE for a document that explains how to have your baptism at Zion. 



Do you believe in the power of God to change a life? How about your life? Join a Life Transformation Group and discover the transformational power of our Lord.  
If you are interested in participating in a group, you can either begin your own group by asking one or two others to join you, or you can contact Pastor Dan by e-mailing him at or by calling 419-878-0266 and he will help you get connected to a group.

Click Here for a description of LTG's 



Our weekly discipleship plan is designed to help us take personal responsibility for growing in faith by seeking to live out our faith 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You'll notice that all of these activities/ideas can be done on your own or in partnership with others. This is not meant to be a list of burdens or church activities that fill up all your free time, but an intentional way to live out your faith, emphasizing different areas of discipleship each day. The key idea to grasp is that faith is not just one component of life, reserved for one hour a week. Instead, faith involves everything we do, every second of our lives. We pray this weekly plan can help you find specific ways to BE the church as you love God, love your neighbors, grow in faith and follow Jesus.  Wherever you are in your spiritual walk, we invite you to give this plan a try and let us know how it affects your life.  Peace, Pastor Dan & Pastor Steve

Make a Difference Monday- Value: B2BAB (Blessed to be a Blessing, Genesis 12:1-3). God has           blessed us so that we can bless others. Look for simple ways to bless people and make a                     difference in their lives today  (a phone call, a smile, a prayer, paying someone's bill, etc.)  

Tuesdays with Jesus- Value: Dependence (Galatians 2:20) We seek to become increasingly         dependent upon Jesus so that it is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us.                              
Set aside time today to be with Jesus in prayer, meditation and Bible Study.  If you are able, join us for a small group Bible study at Zion @ 10:00am. 

Workout Wednesday- Value: Whole Body Health- (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) We value personal    responsibility for staying fit physically, mentally, and spiritually.                                            
Start a neighborhood walking group, come and use our free fitness center with recumbant bike, treadmill, elliptical and total gym or plan other ways to work on strengthening your body, mind and spirit.

Theology Thursday- Value: Wisdom- (Proverbs 24:3-4) We believe in curiosity, honesty, asking             questions and using the mind God gave us to grow in wisdom and understanding.                       
Get together with friends/ family and ask deep questions about God, faith and life, seeking wisdom, humility and understanding. (You don't have to check your brain at the door to be a Christian!)  

Fun Friday- Value: Relationships, Fun- (John 10:10) God created us for relationship.  He also invented fun. Put the two together and you're in for a great night. So go out and enjoy life!  
Use Fridays to have fun and build relationships with others- especially those who do not know Christ.  Remember, faith is caught, not taught; it develops through relationships.

Service Saturday- Value: Worship Service- (Romans 12:1) We seek to worship God with our whole lives, especially by using the gifts he has given us to serve others.                                                
Attend a weekend worship service and/ or worship God through service to others.

Sabbath Sunday- Value: Rest, Strengthening Families- (Exodus 20:8-12) God commands us to  honor the Sabbath day and to honor our family members.  We desperately need a break, but rarely take one.  We desperately need family time, but rarely get it. Therefore...              
Commit to doing as little work as possible and use this day to rest, relax, worship God, renew your soul, and spend quality time together with family...and see what happens.  



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