Adult education

Adult education is a great way to grow spiritually, meet others who share your questions and glean important insight. Whether it's your first step or your next, join us for classes geared for men, women, couples and everyone!

Interested in resources you can use on your own? Visit our library featuring all kinds of books, DVDs and other media, or look online for studies, Bibles and devotions.

For more information on adult education, view events on Calvary's calendar by clicking adult education on the upper left drop down search menu. 


"We Must Plant the Church:  The Story of Lutherans in America" 

Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 (No class on Jul 5)

9:30-10:30 a.m., N205

When Lutherans came to America, they brought with them Martin Luther's belief that people of faith engage the big questions of the day.  This story is characterized by the tension between honoring the European roots of the church and adapting to the new realities of life in America.  The Lutheran church, from it's earliest days, faced religious pluralism, intolerance, racism, war, lack of state support and diversity of languages and traditions.  It wasn't easy then, and it isn't easy now.  Understanding American Lutheran history can change the way we see ourselves and our future. 

This 5-Part DVD series features some of the most respected experts on Lutheran history:  Kathryn Kleinhans (Wartburg College), Mark Grandquist (Luther Seminary), Maria Erling (Lutheran Theological Seminary of Gettysburg), Richard Stewart (Emeritus of Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia), Martin Marty (Emeritus of the University of Chicago), Gordon Straw (American Indian and Alaska Native Ministries, ELCA), Mark Hanson (ELCA Bishop Emeritus), DeAne Lagerquest (St. Olaf College), David Preus (ELCA Bishop Emeritus) and Vivian Jenkins Nelson (Senior Fellow at Augsburg College).  

No registration necessary.  If you have questions, contact Pastor Carol Skjegstad via email of 763.231.2983.

Discussion questions:

Session 1

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Session 3


"Tactics in Defending the Faith"  DVD Study

Sundays, Aug 6 - Sep 10

9 - 10:20 a.m., Room N204

Each of us as Christian ambassadors face two daunting challenges when trying to make a difference for Christ.  First, how do we initiate conversations about spiritual things in a way that doesn't seem awkward.  Second, how do we keep ourselves from getting trapped or overwhelmed by others  when answering questions about the faith & values.

Do you want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions about faith?  Then the "Tactics" class is for you.  In this DVD study, by Greg Kouki, you will learn specific skills to help you initiate conversations with ease, as well as give you the tools to explain the faith in a persuasive manner so that you can present the Christian truth in a clear, concise and persuasive manner.  

For more information or to register, contact Craig Anderson via email or 612.251.6737.

Preview Session 1


Rick Steves'  Luther and the Reformation Film & Hymn Sing


Sunday, Oct 1, 2017

3:30-5 p.m., Sanctuary

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked-off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age.  In this on-hour film -- filmed on location in Europe -- Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life.  

Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th -century Europe -- from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation.  It's a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you'll never forget.  

Come and celebrate our rich Lutheran heritage as we watch and discuss this film.  And, then join us as we sing your favorite hymns of the church.  Bring friends & family.  No cost.  No registration required.  

For information or questions, contact Pastor Carol Skjegstad via email or 763.231.2983  or  Aaron Petersen via email or 763.231.2944. 


Men's & women's studies

God created men and women--our similarities and differences--in order to teach us and fulfill his purpose. At Calvary, meet with other men or women to discover and grow in God's calling on your life. 

Men's studies
Whether you're looking for a one-time or ongoing opportunity to join with other men for study and fellowship, we meet both weekly and monthly ... and over breakfast! Visit Men's Ministry>>

In addition to a yearlong "Women in the Word" program, join us for other Bible study opportunities geared just for ladies. Visit Women's Ministry>>


Small groups

Small groups are another great way to dig into the Bible and bond with others! Visit Small Groups>>