Our Values | Shepherd of the Lake

Our Values

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.  

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Wherever you are on your faith journey, 
we will meet you there with 

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Table. 

Open Hearts 
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.    

Open Minds 
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 congregation.    

We value our neighbors’ faith. We honor the sacred stories of our neighbors as we learn from one another and work together to foster a more just and peaceful world.  

Open Table 
We value God’s radical welcome. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people – all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions; all ages, life-stages, and abilities; all social and economic circumstances; all ethnicities, races and nationalities. Every person is a beloved child of God. Every person has a place at God’s table – no exceptions.   

We value service as an act of love. God has created each person with a unique set of gifts and passions. At the table, God feeds us with God’s very own self so we can use our gifts in loving service to the world.     

We value your story.  Everyone comes to the table bringing their unique story – all their history, hurts, and hopes. Your story is part of God’s story. God welcomes you to the table, and we do too.