PRIOR LAKE CONGREGATION VOTES TO SELL ITS BUILDING
Shepherd of the Lake once thought it might have two campuses
Members of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in the SW Minneapolis suburb of Prior Lake, voted to sell their worship facility in anticipation of moving to a new site and constructing a larger building.
For the past several years, members of the rapidly growing congregation had been exploring the possibility of developing a second ministry campus nearby and functioning on both simultaneously.
According to a spokesperson for the parish, the idea of a multiple campus proved too costly. There was also a concern that worship and ministry on two sites might create divisiveness in the membership.
The proposal to sell the worship facility, located at both 15033 and 15057 S. Highway 13, came after two months of neighborhood group meetings, at which a videotape presentation was distributed that explored the congregation’s vision for the future and offered possible options.
The vote at the January meeting was overwhelmingly in favor of selling the current property. Nearly 300 turned out for the vote.
A year ago in January the congregation purchased 60 acres on County Road 42, near County Road 21. The land will be used to develop a ministry campus called “Shepherd’s Path.” Five core components will be included: a worship center; a day care and senior living facility; space for health and wellness ministry; a learning center; a retreat center.
The campus will be developed in phases, beginning with worship, preschool, education and administration facilities.
The ELCA Yearbook lists the congregation’s baptized membership as 3,320.