Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation at Prince of Peace is where you can begin, or continue, on a path of growing UP with God, IN through Community, and OUT for the World. The path is always growing, so check back often to find new ways to continue your journey. Opportunities with active registrations can be viewed using the registration button below.

Small Groups | Support Groups | Community Life | Family Ministry | Mission Outreach | Worship 

UP with God

God is revealed to us in a variety of ways: scripture, nature, tradition, and through our experience of the world. This pathway will explore these places of revelation to give participants a greater perspective on who God is.  

Engage Bible Study [September-May]

Engage Bible Study meets on campus weekly, September-May, to dive deeper into scripture as we learn how to apply God’s word to our daily lives. Our study is guided by The Book of Faith series of Bible studies produced by Augsburg Fortress. This fall we will be studying Hebrews, Ruth and 1 John. You may purchase a participant book on campus for $12 for each book of the Bible we study. Each participant book contains session materials as well as a week of devotional guides and supplemental reading.

If you are a small group leader and would like to lead a group through this series, then please email Amy Kalsow  to arrange for a leader book and learner guides for your small group. This study can also be done independently.

DETAILS
Date/Time: Tuesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 am | Men’s Ministry OR Wednesdays | Noon- 1:00 pm | All are welcome
Cost: $12 per participant book
Registration: NA
Location: Community Room | Prince of Peace
Contact: Jason Kramme | email | 952-898-9387

Artist's Way Book Study [Fall]

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Making Sense of Scripture Course [Fall]

In Making Sense of Scripture, David Lose invites the reader to engage in a conversation, one that he imagines discussing around his kitchen table, about seven major questions of the Bible. More than a standard biblical reference book, Making Sense of Scripture is a dialogue that encourages readers to bring their questions or doubts to the table when reading Scripture. During this conversation, there are different opportunities for the reader to interact with the Bible, ultimately leaving room for personal transformation of the heart and mind.

DETAILS

Date/Time: Mondays starting October 11, 2021 | 6:30-7:30 pm OR Wednesdays starting October 13, 2021 | 9:30-10:30 am<
Cost: $13/person
Registration: Use registration button below
Location: Room 200 B/C | Prince of Peace
Contact: Jason Kramme | email | 952-898-9387

Animate Bible Study hosted by SOLLC [Fall]

SOLLC Pastors Karen Treat and Laila Barr will facilitate this faith formation series that explores seven big conversations about the Bible, including the canon, history, testaments, Gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace.

DETAILS

Date/Time: Mondays | October 4 – November 15, 2021 | 9:30-11:30 am
Cost: free
Registration: Use registration button below
Location: Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church (SOLLC) | 3611 N. Berens Rd. NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372
Contact: Laila Barr | lailabarr@sollc.org | 952-230-2939

IN through Community

This pathway will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to use personality inventories, structured Bible study, guided spiritual disciplines, and intentional experiences to see themselves more clearly.  

Enneagram For Parents Course [Fall]

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for transforming our lives, deepening our relationships, and discovering (and claiming!) our spiritual gifts. This 10-week course on Sundays or Wednesdays will introduce parents of all ages to the enneagram, help us discover our type and show us how to start applying this new awareness to our lives. We will talk about homework, teaching responsibility, developing healthy habits and other parenting issues. If you have ever wondered why what works for one child (adult or youth!) doesn’t work for another, this class may have the answers. There will be a private Facebook group for further discussion, supplemental resources, and a weekly video of the teaching portion of the class.

DETAILS

Date/Time: Sundays beginning September 12, 2021 | 10:30-11:30 am OR Wednesdays Beginning September 15, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $90/Person
Registration: Use registration button below
Location: Room 200 B/C | Prince of Peace
Contact: Jason Kramme | email | 952-898-9387

Finding Our Footing Mini Retreat hosted by SOLLC [Fall]

Join Pastor Karen and Pastor Laila as we set aside some time to process through the past year. You will come away with practical tools for connecting with God in body, mind, and spirit – whatever life may bring.

DETAILS

Date/Time: Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 9:30-11:30 am
Cost: free
Registration: Use registration button below
Location: Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church (SOLLC) | 3611 N. Berens Rd. NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372
Contact: Laila Barr | lailabarr@sollc.org | 952-230-2939

Immortal Diamond Book Study [Spring]

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OUT for the World

Scripture tells us that it is God’s desire that we participate in God’s work in the world. This pathway includes an in-depth look at our Lutheran tradition, as well as exploring topical issues, relevant serving opportunities, and points of connection in our local community.  

On-Purpose Person Course [Fall]

Are you searching for purpose, meaning, and peace, and are puzzled about how God is calling you in this season of your life? “On-Purpose Peace” will help you make sense of your life. You will discover what inspires and renews you, helping you grow into the person God gifted you to be. 

DETAILS

Date/Time: Mondays, October 4 – November 15, 2021 | 1:00-2:30 pm OR Tuesdays, October 5 – November 16, 2021 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Cost: $46.50 includes the On-Purpose Person book and On-Purpose Peace participant guidebook by Kevin W. McCarthys as well as onpurpose.me | Purchase books here
Registration: contact Karen Odegard via email or 952-210-6818
Location: Room 200E (Monday) | Room 200A (Tuesday) | Prince of Peace
Contact: Karen Odegard | email | 952-210-6818

POP for Justice Documentary Screening [Fall]

POP for Justice is pleased to announce a screening Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney. This 90-minute documentary follows journalists from KARE 11 as they explore life inside Lucy Laney Elementary where they gained unprecedented access by slowly building trust in a news series spanning nearly two dozen stories, taking viewers on a journey through the daily joys and challenges in the school.

Friestleben’s vulnerability and open heart as the school’s leader allowed Seavert and Garvin a window into a world many don’t often see. They documented the exceptional resilience of Lucy Laney’s student council president as she grappled with her own future when she realized she was placed for adoption. They gave an up-close view to the toll of violence in the neighborhood, sharing a principal’s sorrow when gunfire ripped through the playground with children outside.

The viewing will be followed by a 30 minutes Q and A with the filmmaker and educators. Child care is available.

DETAILS

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 6:00-8:15 pm
Cost: A free-will offering will be received as a gift to the schools profiled in the film.
Registration: Use registration button below
Location: Community Room | Prince of Peace
Contact: Emily Hagen | email

Exploring Our Values hosted by SOLLC [Fall]

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Bonhoeffer Study [Spring]

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Registration

All events with active registrations can be found using the button below.

Plan A Spiritual Formation Offering

Do you have an idea for an event, group, or experience? Contact Jason Kramme, Pastor of Spiritual Formation, to help plan your event.

Spiritual Formation Resources

Spiritual disciplines bring us closer to God and can transform our lives. Below you will find several resources to help you develop some of the most common spiritual disciplines. These resources are recommended by our pastors and many of them are used by our staff in their spiritual journeys.

Bible Translations to Consider

The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek. Our English Bibles are translations of these ancient languages. Translation is an art form, and always carries the biases of the translators. And that’s why there are so many different translations of the Bible. Here are the three translations we use most often at Prince of Peace:

  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) – the version most widely read in mainline Protestant denominations like the Lutheran Church. Excellent for academic study.
  • New Living Translation (NLT) – a very readable translation focusing on modern English.
  • The Message (MSG) – a translation done by a single scholar, Eugene Peterson. The Message is a less literal translation and seeks to express the meaning of the original author into modern thought. Excellent for first-time Bible readers or those who struggle to make sense of the Bible.

All three translations, and many others, can be viewed for free at Biblegateway.com or on the YouVersion app. Pick a few Bible passages and read each in all three translations. See which translation speaks most clearly to you.

Books
Websites
Apps
  • Headspace – An excellent introduction to meditation. While mostly non-religious, the primary instructor comes out of the Buddhist tradition. Some free and some paid resources.
  • Calm – Another helpful meditation resource.
  • YouVersion – A staff favorite! Loads of free bible translations and a seemingly endless selection of devotional resources.
  • Pray as You Go – A beautifully done audio resource to help listeners pray through scripture.
  • Centering Prayer (from Contemplative Outreach) – a helpful guide to growing in the practice of Centering Prayer
  • Parent Cue – based on the same theme as our Children’s Ministry curriculum, this is a great app for parents who want to intentionally help their kids grow spiritually
Spiritual Practices
  • 30 Day Challenge (.pdf) – a list of spiritual practices that will help you live the Good Life and experience a deeper relationship with God. Commit to practicing two things on this list each day for the next 30 days. You may choose the same two things every day, or mix it up and try several different practices over the course of the month.
  • Centering Prayer – a powerful prayer practice of silence and surrender. In a culture of constant noise and busyness, this is a life-changing and challenging practice. See also the Centering Prayer app above.
  • Community – faith is a “team sport”, not just an individual journey. Healthy faith community sharpens us and blesses us in so many ways. Consider joining a small group.
  • Daily Devotions – each week Prince of Peace produces a Daily Readings resource with questions for reflection. A great way to lean into the themes of weekly worship and grow in faith.
  • The Daily Examen – an ancient prayer practice that helps disciples to grow in gratitude and more clearly see the presence of God in daily life.
  • Lectio Divina – an ancient practice help helps us get into scripture, and help scripture to get into us. See also the Pray as You Go app above.
  • Guided Meditation – Make yourself comfortable and try this medication based on Psalm 23.
  • The Welcoming Prayer – if you are struggling with strong or difficult feelings, the power of the Welcoming Prayer offers a structured way to embrace and accept these feelings so you can release them and move on. For an additional resource, check out this Welcoming Prayer video meditation.
Spiritual Direction

“We are all spiritually hungry. We all need someone to walk with us. To journey with us. To give us courage, to give us incentive, to give us inspiration. And that’s what a spiritual director is. That’s what we do.” Re. Dr. Carol Vaccariello

A Spiritual Director is a companion who walks with you on your spiritual journey; serves as a witness to the voice and discernment of God’s guidance in your life; offers compassionate listening as you explore questions, concerns, and feelings; is helpful during life transitions, spiritual crisis, or if you are desiring to grow deeper in your faith.

Spiritual direction is often offered as a one-to-one or group experience in private sessions with spiritual mentors who have most likely completed extensive formation for the ministry and service of spiritual direction.

Recommended Spiritual Directors in the area:

Racial Justice Resources

Are you looking for ways to learn more about racial justice? The Prince of Peace leadership recommends these resources to help you learn about and fight racism with grace, gentleness and persistence. Let’s put our faith into action as we listen, learn and actively engage in anti-racism. Racial Justice Resources

CONTACT
Jason Kramme
Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Stewardship
Email
952-898-9387

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