On any given Sunday, many of our congregations are working hard to redefine or even re-birth their ministry to fit their changing neighborhood and a changing culture. Our synod has come alongside several congregations for a concentrated time of intentional renewal. Many of these congregations are in areas of poverty or fast-changing neighborhoods, or just need a little help to move from one level of health to another. The creativity behind their work is inspiring! God is indeed making all things new.

  • Shepherd of the Lake, Prior Lake, serves families in a fast-growing suburb.
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, in partnership with Augsburg College, is reaching out to people who may have given up on church in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church is a multi-racial congregation with housing, a bike shop, and support of young adult leaders in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis.
  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church is a historically Norwegian congregation in North Minneapolis that’s earning the trust of its neighbors over shared meals, volunteer training, and help finding jobs. It is fast becoming a multi-racial hub of activity and hope in the Camden neighborhood.

Curious about helping your congregation connect with your neighbors and find a renewed sense of mission? That’s why we’re here. Call your Assistant to the Bishop, John Hulden or Craig Pederson, or Director for Evangelical Mission Deb Stehlin.



If you are in a renewing ministry, you might find these resources helpful.

Vitality Survey
From the ELCA