Ministries & Programs

Are you looking for a place to connect with others? Would you like to learn more about the Christian faith or dig deeper into a study of The Bible? This is the place for you! We're glad you're here. Mount of Olives offers many classes, Bible studies and events designed to help you on your journey.

  • Amazing Bible Study

    The Amazing Bible Study, originally just for Women, is expanded to include Men and Small Groups online! 

    What is this study? It's based on "The Amazing Collection: The Bible, Book by Book." The goal is to develop a closer relationship with God as we study all of His Word. As we look at all 66 books of the Bible (written by more than 40 authors over a period of 1600 years), we discover that they have a common theme -- God's redeeming love.

    How will it work? We cover a book of the Bible each week. At each meeting, we listen to a lesson; then we do homework in our study guides; then we come together to discuss in small groups what we have learned. It’s a format that works if you’ve never read the Bible or if you’ve studied the Bible for decades! So wherever you are along that continuum, we invite you to come and give it a try.

    Since we're meeting via Zoom, feel free to invite friends and family members regardless of where they live. We already have one person in England, one in Washington state, and one in central California!

    The Amazing Bible Study is offered twice a week - you can choose one grouping to participate in: Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm PT and Wednesday mornings at 9:00am PT. Each meeting lasts 1.5-2 hours.

    You can buy the study guides you'll need online on Amazon.

    The new session begins on Tuesday, January 10, and Wednesday, January 11. We will begin with the book of I Timothy.


    If you have any questions, contact Amy LasCola at or (949) 425-5940.

  • Confident Parenting 

    Do you second guess yourself as a parent?  Do you struggle with knowing what to do, what to say, or how to discipline your kids? 

    A lot of adults have great confidence in their jobs, friendships, and other areas of their lives; however when it comes to parenting, they struggle.  

    Confident Parenting is a 4 week course designed to teach practical skills that will help parents feel more confident in their parenting based on the HomeWord curriculum by Jim Burns & Doug Fields.

    Last offered October 2021

    Next Offering TBA


  • Cursillo

    Cursillo weekends are special weekends that give you a unique time to experience God and His love in meaningful ways.  Each weekend begins at 4:00pm on Thursday and ends on Sunday late-afternoon. Cursillo Weekends are for everyone! If you have questions about the weekend or would like to attend, email Robin Horton at or Pastor Jim Reynen at

    Next Cursillo Weekends in 2023:

    March Men's Weekend:  March 9-12

    March Women's Weekend: March 16-19


    Return applications to the Church Office. They can be downloaded here and are available in the Church Office. 

    Volunteer to serve at a Cursillo Weekend!

    If you've previously attended a Cursillo weekend and would like to apply to serve, complete this application and return it to the Church Office.

    Download Application to Serve at Cursillo

    More about Cursillo:

    Cursillo is a four day weekend retreat offered several time a year. Men and women attend on separate weekends where they hear from several speakers and participate in planned activities and meals. Cursillo is designed to strengthen and renew your faith so you can experience God's Grace. 

    The retreats are attended by members of Lutheran congregations throughout Southern California. Mount of Olives regularly sends first-time pilgrim attendees as well as leaders and weekend volunteers.

    Requirements to attend a Cursillo Weekend:

    You must be a baptized member in good standing at a Lutheran church. You will be paired with a sponsor who has previously attended Cursillo and must be endorsed by your Pastor. If you are married, both husband and wife must attend the Cursillo weekends paired together.

    Contact Pastor Jim Reynen with questions about Cursillo.

  • Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

    Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! FPU includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership. 

    What is Financial Peace University? It is the class that teaches you how: to Pay off debt, Budget, Save Money, Give Generously.

    Next on-campus offering TBD

    Online courses available on FPU website for individual use or Small Group study.

    Sign up online and learn to change your money and change your life! (You can also complete FPU independently or with your Small Group online.)

    Learn More & Register Online


  • Digging Deeper Bible Study

    Digging Deeper: A Journey through Scripture

    You're invited to this Sunday morning Bible Study meeting in the New Creation Center at 9:45am (building nearest rear parking lot).

    This year we're exploring people of the Bible. Join us!

    Contact Ministry Leader Pam Nelson for more info at

  • Grief Recovery Workshop

    This workshop is designed for all forms of grief/loss: death, miscarriage, divorce, job loss, financial loss, relocation, estrangement from family, etc. Spring & Fall workshops typically offered .

    More than 50 people from Mount of Olives have previously completed this Grief Recovery Workshop and found it to be helpful in dealing with loss.

    Program led by Certified Grief Recovery Specialists and Mount of Olives Church Members, Karen Carson & Karen Wilkinson. 

    Next Program Offered Thursdays, March 9 - April 27, 2023

    Pre-Registration is Required.

    Contact Karen Carson to Learn More and Register for upcoming workshops:  949-874-2996 or

  • Meals That Heal

    Do you know someone who is home recovering from surgery or just had a baby; perhaps someone home-bound who could use a meal delivered, or whose caregiver could use a much needed break?

    Please notify the church office, we have a team who would like to help:

    If you're interested in helping prepare and deliver meals to those in need, contact the church office, and we'll put you in touch with this volunteer team's volunteer leader:


  • Runners Ministry

    Meets Weekly on Saturdays at 7:30am
    at Sycamore Park in Mission Viejo

    All are welcome to join us for a brief devotional and prayer. Then we'll begin our run/jog/walk/stroll.

    You're welcome to go whatever distance you like and leave whenever you're done. Sycamore Park is located near Denny's, Alicia Towne Plaza on Alicia Parkway. 25101 Charlinda Drive, Mission Viejo, 92691.

    Contact Pastor Jim with any questions, call the church office at 949-837-7467 or email Pastor Jim.
  • Team World Vision

    A team representing Mount of Olives Church runs with Team World Vision in the OC Half Marathon each May.

    Team World Vision has created an easy couch-to-course training program that enables all people (no matter what shape they are in or what their age may be) to successfully complete the run. Plus, you're not alone! When training is done as a team, there is built-in accountability and everyone wins. Many of our team members are first-time runners and walkers.

    The Couch-to-course training program begins the first week of January - this program is a perfect way to do something good for those in need in the name of the Lord and have accountability from your team members.

    Since 2017, the team from Mount of Olives has raised over $100,000 providing life-changing clean water for for over 1,900 people - Well done! Learn more about the Mount of Olives Team's Impact.

    The new team begins training January 2, 2023!

    Join Our Team or Donate

    Plus - check out this powerful video from Team World Vision