Our Mission and Core Values

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    Our Mission

    Our mission at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church is inviting all people to a life in Christ. All people means no one is excluded. A life in Christ is a full and abundant life lived in grateful response to God's amazing grace for us and for all creation.

    Our Core Values


    The church is a community of people, not just a building, so one of our most cherished values is the strength of relationships among us. Diamond Lake is known as a smaller, more intimate church in a bigger city. Our people know each other and care for each other. We believe we are here to be real and authentic -- to help each other, to support each other, to learn and struggle together, to forgive each other, to ask questions without fear of judgment, to worship together, and to grow together in faith and hope. The church is not perfect, but Jesus makes us one family, one body, one community.


    When we gather for worship, we believe God has something to say to us that gives us life and makes us free. In worship, we hear that message through the Jewish and Christian scriptures of the Christian Bible we know today. We hear it through song and sermon, and we respond with song and prayer. In worship we celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We are fed not just food for the body but also for mind and spirit and soul. The whole family comes together for worship to hear the Word of God. Learn more...


    From birth to death, people have needs they cannot always meet themselves. We believe Jesus' message urges us to serve and care for others, especially the vulnerable. Diamond Lake has a myriad of ministries that focus on the needy both inside and outside our church. Whether it's a card to a grieving widow, a visit to the homebound, mentoring a young teen, or helping women and children come out of homelessness, the spirit at Diamond Lake is one of meaningful service that brings a little light and hope to people who need it.

    Children, Youth, and the larger Family

    The Body of Christ is All Ages, and Diamond Lake Lutheran cherishes its diverse mix. We are filled with little ones, middle ones, and older ones -- married ones and single ones -- and we believe we need each other. Our ministries for families with children and youth are strong and energetic, and we intentionally plan intergenerational activities for all where age groups are not segregated and where we get a real sense for the larger Family we are in Christ.

    Learning and Growing

    Everyone has a story. We believe that knowing the story of God and God's people will make us a more purposeful and fulfilled community. That includes learning the stories and teachings of the Bible and the great story of the good news of Jesus. From Sunday school to youth meetings, from small groups to family events, we are eager to learn our story as God's people, to hear each other's stories, and to grow together in faith.

    Sacred Space

    Though we are a city church, a great diversity of wildlife on and around Diamond Lake lives just outside our doors, from red foxes to bald eagles. We recognize the natural beauty of our context, and we are intentional about caring for it so that human and non-human can share the magnificent creation God has given us. We take great care to maintain and keep clean our beautiful church building too, inside and out. Many call our sanctuary a mini-cathedral, and we believe such sacred space helps people experience God and create memories that last.


    The Bible is full of food and imagery of feasts and banquets. Diamond Lake Lutheran loves to celebrate its sense of community with shared meals. We come together for special meals around holidays, the Christmas season is kicked off with a progressive dinner in members' homes, and during the school months we offer a home cooked meal open to all each Wednesday evening. In addition to eating together, we look outside ourselves. We are active in our neighborhood and in Minneapolis in many ways providing food and meals to those who might otherwise go without.

    Our Lutheran Identity

    We share the heritage of thought and values of the 16th Century monk named Martin Luther. But Luther might roll over in his grave if he knew anyone proudly called themselves "Lutheran." Luther taught the importance of pointing beyond himself to the true source of Life --- the grace of God in Christ. We believe our job is to do the same --- to point people to Jesus and his way of love and grace. We like the way Luther did things, but we don't worship him. We worship God.

    Find out more about how we fulfill this mission and apply these values every day.

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