Welcome! Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is a community that invites everyone into a deep and meaningful relationship with God and with one another, to be the heart, hands and feet of Jesus in the world.
Interested in Joining Prince of Peace?
Join Pastor Jeff Marian and other members of the Prince of Peace staff for a Newcomer Orientation. Enjoy lunch and conversation on the following topics: what it means to be a disciple, our path and plan, and how to get connected into community. Learn more about the next Newcomers Orientation here.
Our Mission | Why We’re Here
LOVE GOD AND ALL PEOPLE by being the heart, hands and feet of Jesus in the world so that all might know that they are loved.
Core Values | What Drives Us
- Faith: We value growing in our relationship with God.
- Christ Centered Community: We value relationships in which we grow together to celebrate one another’s joys and bear one another’s burdens.
- Service: We value providing for the needs of others in Jesus’ name.
Our Vision | Where We’re Going
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will be known as the CONNECTING CHURCH
- Called to connect with God in a vibrant relationship that brings us to greater aliveness
- Called to connect with one another in relationships with other disciples who nurture, support and challenge us
- Called to connect with the South Metro area to bring hope and wholeness to others, with specific focus on children, seniors and people in poverty
- Called to connect with partners collaborating with schools, churches, the “spiritual but not religious,” local government, campus partners, other organizations and the business community to be the heart, hands and feet of Christ in the world.
- A HUB OF HOPE AND WHOLENESS IN THE SOUTH METRO AREA
Our Life Map
As followers of Jesus, we are called to connect…
- UP with God: We want to grow in a vibrant relationship with God through regular worship, daily devotions and spiritual disciplines that transform us into the likeness of Christ.
- IN through Community: We want to grow in healthy relationships that nurture, support and challenge us, especially through small groups.
- OUT for the World: We want to grow in service to others through the generous giving of our time, talents and financial resources.
What commitments do we ask disciples to make?
How Do I Get Involved?
Connect UP with God
Connect IN through Community
- Become part of a small group
- If you have kids, get them involved with our Family Ministry
- Find support groups for your struggles
Connect OUT for the World
- Find a place to invest your time, skills and passions
The Prince of Peace story began in 1963. We weren’t your typical church. We moved to Burnsville when it was mostly corn fields. We started an outdoor worship service in the old Lucky Twin Drive‐In Theater. Looking to the future and changing to meet the needs of a new generation is in our DNA.
Music and the arts have always been important. We have brought new kinds of music, art and creativity into worship. Hundreds of high school kids have had their lives changed by being a part of our traveling music group. We created a family ministry program that works alongside parents to build faith in our younger generations. We have always partnered with our community, from locating our campus in the Ridges development to our current partnership with The Salvation Army to provide the largest food shelf in the south metro. We have also been blessed to partner with God to serve people in need – in our community, in the United States, and around the world in places like Tanzania and the Dominican Republic.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church welcomes ALL people to full participation in the life and ministry of the congregation. God knows each one of us (Psalm 139) and declares that we are handcrafted in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). God loves each of us and demonstrated that love through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:9‐10). No matter who you are or what season of life you are in, you are welcome at Prince of Peace and we invite you to join us in the journey to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbors as you love yourself.
We believe that God is love and has created all things in love and for love. God exists in loving community as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, and draws us into relationship with God, one another and the world. God is working to restore, reconcile and redeem all things. We believe that God is vibrantly active in the world revealing goodness, beauty and joy. God calls us and all people to partner with God in this life‐giving mission. (For further study: Genesis 1 & 2; Genesis 12:1‐3; John 1:1‐5; 2 Corinthians 5:16‐20; 1 John 4:7‐21)
We believe that sin is essentially our inability to love God, neighbor and all of creation with perfect selflessness. We believe that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. Rather than authentically living in love, trust and dependence upon God we act out of self‐interest and self‐preservation. Our sin breaks God’s heart because it falls short of God’s perfect love. (For further study: Genesis 3:7‐10; Psalm 1; 1 John 1:8‐10; Romans 3:9‐11)
We believe that Jesus is God’s Son and the One through whom salvation has come for all people and all creation. God is fully revealed in Jesus. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection God has proclaimed love and forgiveness for all of creation, inaugurating the Kingdom of God on earth. By grace through faith the cross and empty tomb sets us free from sin and death and empowers us for Kingdom living. It is our encounter with the story of God’s work in Jesus that draws us into this freedom and empowers us for Kingdom living. The resurrection is God’s “yes” and final word, proclaiming that life and love win over sin and death for all creation. (For further study: Isaiah 43, Isaiah 53; Romans 10:5‐17; Acts 4:8‐12; John 1:1‐5; Romans 8; Philippians 2:1‐13)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the active presence of God in all of creation. The Spirit calls us to life through the Gospel, comforts us in hardship, shapes and empowers us for service, points us to Truth and sends us into God’s world to be about God’s mission and ministry. (For further study: Ezekiel 37:1‐14; Acts 2; Mark 13:9‐11; John 16:12‐15; John 1:1‐5; John 20:21‐23; Galatians 5:16‐26)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired witness of God’s people throughout history. We believe that the Bible is true primarily in the sense that it truly points to Jesus, the Truth, who is the Word of God incarnate. While God speaks to us through the written word, Jesus is the Living Word. We read the bible through the lens of Gospel, God’s Good News for all people. (For further study: Joshua 1:8‐9; Psalm 119; Isaiah 55:8‐12; John 1:1‐5; 2 Timothy 3:14‐17)
We believe that the Church is the universal gathering of forgiven sinners, set apart and sent into the world, partnering with God in God’s mission. Empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit we are called to love, worship and glorify God, and proclaim God’s love and forgiveness in word and deed. In each and every role of life – friend, employee, family member, citizen, neighbor – we are called to be about God’s mission, revealing the Kingdom of God, proclaiming the Gospel and partnering with God in the work of reconciliation. (For further study: Judges 18:5‐6; Micah 6:6‐8; Romans 12:1‐13; 1 Corinthians 12:14, 12‐27; 2 Corinthians 5:11‐21; Ephesians 4:1‐16;)
We belong to a denomination, the ELCA, that takes seriously the intersection of faith and real life. The ELCA has some thought‐provoking studies on critical issues of life and justice. Pray about them. Discuss them. Let them lead you to action and advocacy for the world that God so loves!
Same Gender Resolution
On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 the Prince of Peace Board of Directors voted to approve the Same Gender Resolution, that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, shall be entitled to participate fully in the life of the church, share all rites and sacraments—including marriage—and be considered for any staff or lay leadership position. Please read the full statement here (.pdf)