Adult Education

Equipping adults for faithful service to God and His Church

Adult Education in the Kansas District


The Kansas District recognizes the importance of education for Christians of all ages. The Adult Education Committee meets regularly  to assess needs and practices; identify, recommend, and/or create resources and training opportunities; and advocate for strong support of adult education in congregations.

If you have ideas about adult education in the District, contact Jim Bradshaw, Assistant to the President for Education & Youth, at jbradshaw@kslcms.org, or Rev. Mike Penikis, chair of the Adult Education Committee, at penikis@hopelutheran.org.

Devotional Resources



Looking for guidance when it comes to daily prayer and devotion? The Congregation at Prayer, a weekly devotional resource, suggests daily readings, learn-by-heart Scripture and Catechism verses, a hymn to sing, along with a psalm and prayer to pray. It coordinates with the Church calendar and is used by others, so you know you’re not alone. Below, you’ll find links to Congregation at Prayer materials for the one-year series (as used at Grace and Trinity in Wichita) and the three-year series (prepared in sets by the Kansas District Adult Education Committee). Use as is or modify—whatever works best for you.

Congregation at Prayer (one-year series)
Link to Grace and Trinity in Wichita

Congregation at Prayer (three-year series, Series B, Advent through Transfiguration)
Prepared by the Adult Education Committee

Guide to Using Congregation at Prayer



Higher Things Daily Reflections
For youth and their families

Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) Mustard Seed Devotions
For Christian growth and Gospel sharing

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) Daily Devotions
Devotions with prayers and brief reflection questions; audio available

Portals of Prayer
A daily devotion resource from Concordia Publishing House (CPH)

Memorial Moment
Daily devotion prepared by Rev. Dr. Scott Murray of Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston; emailed to subscribers

Teaching the Faith in the Home Video Series

“Train up a child in the way he should go …” (Prov. 22:6). It’s a familiar passage, but what does that training involve? The Teaching the Faith in the Home video series covers the basics. The five videos in the series, which feature presentations from the 2018 Kansas District Educators Conference, provide insights and practical resources for helping parents and others make a positive impact on the spiritual lives of children.

“A Heart of Teaching the Faith: In the Home, School and Church”
Dr. Dave Rueter, Concordia University, Irvine

Dr. Dave Rueter, author of Teaching the Faith at Home (CPH), discusses what it means to catechize our young people and how the home, school and church all play a vital role.

“Teaching the Faith in the Home: Why?”
Rev. Dan Galchutt and Rev. Philip Hoppe, livingplanted.com

In this video (part 1 of 3), Rev. Galchutt and Rev. Hoppe, creators of livingplanted.com, discuss four reasons why intentionally living the Christian life at home is so important.

“Teaching the Faith in the Home: How?”
Rev. Dan Galchutt and Rev. Philip Hoppe, livingplanted.com

Rev. Galchutt and Rev. Hoppe discuss four components of home devotions (part 2 of 3).

“Teaching the Faith in the Home: To What End?”
Rev. Dan Galchutt and Rev. Philip Hoppe, livingplanted.com

Rev. Galchutt and Rev. Hoppe conclude their discussion of teaching the faith in the home with a look at benefits (part 3 of 3).

“Every Parent, Every Leader!”
Tyler Tollefson, Director of Children and Student Ministries, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Leawood

How can parents be equipped to teach the faith? In this video, Tyler Tollefson shares strategies that congregations and ministry staff can use to help prepare parents for this important work.

Ways to Use the Videos

We encourage you to watch and use these videos to help with teaching the Faith. The videos can help not only pastors, DCEs, deaconesses, and other church workers but especially parents and families in their effort to begin and maintain catechesis in the home. Possible uses include:

  • Educational training with congregational boards and committees
  • Individual instruction in the home
  • Adult catechesis; new member classes
  • Youth and adult Bible class instruction
  • Marriage preparation
  • Baptism preparation
  • Parent education
  • Early communion preparation
  • Youth catechesis
  • Worldview formation

Blessings on your teaching!

District Staff

Jim Bradshaw
Assistant to the President for Education & Youth
Fax: 785-357-5071

Tami Lierz
Administrative Assistant
785-357-4441, ext. 200

Adult Education Committee, 2018-2021

Jim Bauck
Zion, Vassar

Rev. Geoff Boyle
Grace and Trinity, Wichita

Dennis Hintz
St. John’s, Topeka

Rev. Ed Kettner
Emeritus, Lenexa

Rev. Mike Penikis, Chair
Hope, Shawnee

Denise Sprengeler
Trinity, Leavenworth