Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer Confirmation?
Yes, we offer Confirmation (called AMPED at Good Shepherd) for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It is offered on Tuesday evenings at the Central Campus and Wednesday evenings at the West Campus. For details contact Laura Clark, the AMPED coordinator, at email@example.com.
Do you offer Sunday School?
Yes, Sunday School (called Church School at Good Shepherd) is offered for children ages 3 through 5th grade during every worship hour at both campuses, except for the Sunday evening service at the West Campus.
- Does Good Shepherd have two churches?
How big is Good Shepherd?
We have approximately 5,000 baptized members. Each weekend about 1,250 people worship at Good Shepherd.
Are both of your churches handicapped accessible?
Yes, our buildings are fully accessible at both of our locations. We also offer hearing assistance devices and large print bulletins.
How do I schedule a wedding at Good Shepherd?
To schedule a wedding contact our wedding coordinator, Kay Goepfert, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the size of our congregation and the number of weddings that we have each year, priority for scheduling a wedding is given to members of the congregation. If you are interested in becoming a member of Good Shepherd prior to scheduling a wedding, contact Lisa Benz at email@example.com.
What do I need to do to be baptized at Good Shepherd or to have my child baptized?
Anyone desiring to schedule a baptism is asked to attend Baptism Classes. Baptism classes consist of 2 sessions held on 2 consecutive Monday evenings every other month. The classes begin at 6:30pm and are about an hour long. For more information and class dates, click here. To register for the Baptism class, please contact Lisa Pajari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become a member?
Six times a year, we hold a New Member class. The one session class meets on a Monday night for approximately an hour and a half. During this time, you will hear from the pastors and staff about the ministry opportunities that are available at Good Shepherd. You will also have a chance to ask questions. Childcare is provided for all new member classes. New members are typically welcomed and introduced at the weekend worship services following the class. For information about the New Member classes you may email Lisa Pajari at email@example.com.
Do I have to be a member of Good Shepherd to participate in programs or activities?
Everyone is welcome to take part in any of our ministries, whether it be Sunday School, Adult Bible classes, music groups or choirs. All ministries are open to all people. You need not be a member of the congregation to become involved and to worship with us.
- How many worship services does Good Shepherd have?
What are the worship services like?
Sunday morning worship at the Central Campus is considered traditional. The Saturday evening worship service at the Central Campus and Sunday morning worship services at our West Campus are considered contemporary. Our Sunday evening worship service, The Deep, is an alternative style geared to young adults, but open to all ages.
What is traditional worship?
A traditional worship follows the traditions of most liturgical churches, like Lutheran and Catholic. There are responsive readings, sung liturgy, familiar hymns, choirs and the pipe organ. However, traditional worship isn’t just for older people. There are plenty of young adults and young families who enjoy this style of worship.
What is contemporary worship?
Contemporary worship primarily describes a difference in style of music. The music sounds more like pop or rock music and is led by a “worship team”. A worship team is a band with drums, bass, keyboard, guitars, and singers. The worship team is there to praise God through their offering of music and to encourage the whole congregation to focus on our God.
What should I wear to church?
It is entirely up to you. You can come dressed casually or you can choose to wear your “Sunday best”. You are always welcome to worship at Good Shepherd.
Do you have childcare during worship?
Yes. The nursery is available during all worship services. The nursery facilities are very nice and are staffed by well trained, professional childcare providers. Any usher would be happy to help you find your way to the nursery.