If you are looking for a place that aligns with your personal values, please read and consider the following – it is an articulation of the values of Shepherd of the Lake. These values serve as a compass, helping shape our ministry. They also hold us accountable – which is always a bit humbling. We would love to have you join us in living out our mission and these values.
Wherever you are on your faith journey, we will meet you there with Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Table.
We value relationships. God has created us for connection. We value relationships with one another, with our neighbors, with the larger church body, with partner organizations, and with creation itself.
We value authenticity. Bring your honest self – no masks required*.
[*Whoops! That statement was written pre-covid! Click here to see our safety protocols.]
We value transformation. Each person is a work in progress! When we open our hearts to God, we open our lives to transformation. God is never finished with any of us, and is always nudging us toward well-being and growth for the sake of the whole world.
We value intellectual curiosity, questions, and conversations. We engage faith with our whole selves – body, mind, and spirit. Please don’t check your brain at the door!
We value tradition, but we are not traditionalists. As members of a faith tradition (Minneapolis Synod, ELCA) that is rooted in reformation, we are open to new ways of experiencing and celebrating God’s presence in our own lives and in the life of the