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.

 

Resources

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

Vitality Survey
From the ELCA