Adult Discipleship at Zion

Making Faith Matter

Growing one’s faith through worship, study and service is not something that happens by accident. It’s a process, one that has to be cultivated and sustained. With that in mind, Zion offers a year-round schedule of classes, community groups, ministries and special events, all intended to support your faith journey, help you engage with the world in meaningful ways, and deepen your relationship with Christ and your fellow Christians.

Zion is not a sit-in-the-pew kind of church. We want people to feel genuinely excited about being Christians and to be actively engaged with the wider community. Through adult discipleship, we offer a variety of opportunities for members and visitors to grow their faith, live their faith and make that faith matter.
— Christine Carlsen, Director of Adult Discipleship Ministries

New Member Classes

If you’re interested in becoming part of Zion, orientation classes are the place to start. Offered on a quarterly basis (January, April, June, and September) and taught by Pastor Mike, these 3 sessions — each approximately 90 minutes in length — will introduce you to core Lutheran beliefs. They’ll also provide you with an overview of ministry opportunities at Zion and encourage you to enter into relationship with Jesus Christ and fellow believers. Lutherans transferring their membership to Zion are also invited to attend these orientation sessions. For specific dates and detailed information, contact the Church Office.

TNT: Twenties N’ Thirties

TNTTNT is a NEW Zion Christian fellowship group for those in their 20s-30s. Come join us for lots of fun and socializing is a new social group! Sign up to our email list for event information. Email Sarah and Jessica at

Click here for the TNT Spring 2014 events.

Adult Classes

Adult Class continues through November 17th – The Three “Pillars” of the Church: James, Peter & John. In his letter to the Galatians (2:9) Paul snidely refers to James, Peter and John and the “acknowledged pillars” of the Church. Given the ongoing struggle between Paul and the leaders of the Jerusalem church over the issues of including Gentiles in the new faith, Paul’s simmering hostility is understandable. Paul’s hostility aside, the extremely important legacy of James, peter and John to early Christianity is borne out by the inclusion of a number of works attributed to them in the New Testament. This six week class will study the letters of James, Peter & John to provide an understanding of the role that each of these men played in the development and spread of Christianity. 9:30 in Holtfreter Classroom A. Discussion leader: Ron Delph.

Scrapbooking/Crafting weekends on the horizon: January 10-11, March 28-29

Fridays from 6-10 pm and Saturdays from 9am-10pm. Bring your supplies for scrapbooking, quilting, beading, etc. Contact Allison Rullman, to reserve your table. Come when you can, stay as long as you can. Bring a snack to share. Invite a friend to join us! And – May 2-4 we have space reserved at the Scrapbook Lodge in Pinckney for a Scrapbooking Retreat – there are 7 remaining spaces –which will be open to the public soon, so if you want one, contact Allison ( right away! Stay the weekend (yes, there is a charge for this retreat).

Community Groups

One of the most powerful — and enjoyable — ways to grow your faith and form Christian friendships is by participating in a small group. Currently, there are more than three dozen active community groups, with new ones forming constantly. Groups meet regularly to study the Bible, pray together, share their lives and offer service to others. For more information, contact Christine Carlsen (

Interested in joining a group?  Are you a community group leader looking for support and education? Contact Christine Carlsen to learn about our ongoing leadership sessions.

Prayer Ministries

Prayer Chain – if you’ve ever been prayed for during times of personal crisis, you know how powerful it can be. By joining Zion’s Prayer Chain, you can be part of the amazing process of surrounding others with prayer. Each Monday, prayer requests from the congregation will be sent to you via e-mail or telephone. No experience necessary — just a desire to pray for others. Joining the Prayer Chain is as easy as calling the Church Office at 734-994-4455.

Healing Prayer – For over 2,000 years, Christians have used prayer as a means for emotional, spiritual and physical healing. This ministry will prepare you to serve as a pray-er during special healing services held throughout the year. To learn more, contact Chris Carlsen or Dan McConnell.

Prayer Enrichment

At retreats and prayer sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a variety of prayer practices designed to draw you closer to God and increase your awareness of God’s presence in your life. Check this web site periodically for announcements of upcoming prayer enrichment programs.

Retreats and Camps

Every year, Zion offers a variety of retreat experiences for men, women, couples and families. Varying in length from a few hours to several days, retreats provide a rare opportunity to get away from it all, create a spiritual space, and concentrate on one’s faith and relationships. For a list of upcoming retreats, contact Christine Carlsen.

Special Events

Occasionally, Zion hosts large-scale events for the congregation and/or for Christian churches throughout the region. Past events have included a weekend conference on spiritual healing, a Giving in Deed and Need Fair showcasing nonprofits throughout southeastern Michigan, and a traveling exhibition of the Bible-inspired art of internationally renowned painter and lithographer, Dr. He Qi. Volunteers are always needed for planning and on-site support. To learn about upcoming events, contact Christine Carlsen.