Southwood’s middle school DELVE ministry exists to help students delve into their faith.

Parents are supported as they fulfill their promise at baptism to provide for the Christian instruction of their child. Students are supported in developing the foundation they need to affirm their faith and to delve into a life of service to God and others. DELVE intends to help equip young people to honor Christ as their Lord, living with integrity and thoughtfulness as God’s children.

DELVE FAQ

What is DELVE?
DELVE is Southwood's middle school confirmation ministry for all 6th-8th grade students. DELVE seeks to help students better understand themselves and their relationship with God by providing a place for growth, conversation, belonging, mentorship, service, and fun.
Where and when do we meet?

We gather in the sanctuary on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:45PM.  Small groups will break out in their own room for dinner and conversation.

2021-2022 Schedule

What is Confirmation?
Confirmation, also known as Affirmation of Baptism, is a Christian Protestant tradition that takes place in worship, in which an individual makes public affirmation of their baptism, baptismal promises, and their continued life of faith as an adult member of the church.
When are students confirmed?
DELVE is a 3-year confirmation program for students in 6th-8th grade. In the fall of their freshman year of high school, students have the choice to confirm their faith on Reformation Sunday.
What does it look like?
DELVE consists of Wednesday night gatherings filled with pastoral teaching, intentional small group time, routine service opportunities, and fellowship. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month students will gather in small groups and learn from our Pastoral staff around topics of faith. Every 2nd and 4th week focuses on experiences of fellowship, service, and living out the themes they have learned during the prior weeks. It’s not unusual for high-energy games, prayer stations, hands-on service projects, curiously asked questions, and thoughtful teachings around God’s word to all take place in one night.
What's my role?
Students are encouraged to delve into their faith by consistently attending Wednesday night gatherings and live out their faith by completing four quarterly commitments per year.  Parents are to live out their baptismal promise and support their student in this journey. Families are encouraged to attend Sunday worship and explore ways to live out their faith together both within and outside of the church.
Is that it?

No, of course not!

  • Yearly summer mission trips
  • Serve Learning Opportunities (see below)
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Special events happen throughout the year.
graphic: DELVE Calendar

Yearly Content Overview

Baptismal Identity

In our baptism, three big things happen: We are claimed, gathered, and sent.  Our baptismal promises answer the question of why we are here and what we are called to do while we're here.

The 5 Baptismal Promises:

  • Trust God.
  • Proclaim Christ through word and deed.
  • Care for others.
  • Care for the world God made.
  • Work for justice and peace.
Creation and Identity

What God creates is good. So each one of us was beautifully and wonderfully created in the image of God.

When we explore and learn about science and the created world, our faith and understanding of God as creator can grow.

Caring for creation doesn't mean serving our own wants and desires but serving the whole of creation and well-being of all Earth.

Covenant and Relationships

God is committed to working in the world by entering a covenant with humans, even when we continually fail to uphold our end of the agreement. 

In Jesus’ death and resurrection, we see that true covenant faithfulness looks like self-giving love. 

When we receive, trust, and imitate the love of Jesus, we begin to live as the humans God created us to be.

Prophets and Justice

We often think of the prophets as these divine fortune tellers or folks who could predict the future.  

But really the prophets spoke on behalf of God to remind people of who they are and urge them to turn from sin and towards each other.

The prophets talk most about how we treat God and how we treat each other by reminding us of a future hope and what it could look like to fully lean into our covenantal relationships.

Communion and Community
God joins us together in faith as a Christian community, one that shares each other's burdens and welcomes all.  At the center of our community and worship is the practice of communion.  God comes to us through bread, wine, and the words of God's promise to be with us.  It is in communion and Christian community that we experience God's abundant grace and open table for all.  
Lent
The season of Lent provides an opportunity to prepare and reflect on the journey to Easter and on the stories of Jesus.  Join us as we worship together on Wednesdays as our sermon series focuses on questions from confirmands around issues of life and faith.  Directly after worship, small groups will have time to reflect and discuss.

Service Learning Opportunities

Faith doesn’t live in a classroom.

Once per season students and their families are encouraged to live out their faith by serving at Southwood and in the greater Lincoln community. These projects are designed to incorporate students into the life of the church: from serving with our mission partners in the community, helping at VBS or Sunday school, to volunteering on Sunday mornings.

Students are encouraged to serve alongside their friends, family, and members of our church. New volunteer opportunities will be pushed out seasonally.

photo: youth serving in a garden

Youth & Young Adult Ministry Staff

Andrew Jagadich

Co-Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

office: 402-423-5511

Grace Johnson

Co-Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

office: 402-423-5511