IT'S A JOY TO KNOW YOU ARE VISITING US.
Because we believe this is what you’re looking for – not our church, but Jesus.
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR TIM
My life is not perfect, but it is joyful of what Jesus did for me. I know that what he did is for you too. That is the joy I would like to share with you! The message of love and forgiveness is amazing. It has the power to change both your life now as your eternity.
Until then, I want to encourage you to check us out in a couple of ways. Take a look through our website to learn more information about Shepherd of the Hills and who we are. Also, go to the Messages page is where you will find our current series’. Listen to them to find out what we mean about the good news of Jesus. The important part, the part worth knowing is what people experience when they connect together, worship together, and support each other around Jesus. So are after you are done looking around, make sure to take time to join us one Sunday and be part of the part that is worth knowing. I look forward to meeting you. God bless!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Whether you are lifelong Christian, a new believer, or someone just searching for answers our goal is for you to feel welcome and comfortable at Shepherd of the Hills. Because we know that stepping into a church for the first time can be difficult, we hope this will answer some questions you may have.
Q. What makes Shepherd of the Hills different from other churches in the Twin Ports?
At Shepherd of the Hills, we teach Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. We believe in one Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We hope in this way we are the same as other churches in town. Our prayer and desire, however, is that Shepherd of the Hills will lead the way with preaching and teaching from God's Word. We do this by knowing and caring for one another. We do this as our worship and Bible Studies all focus on the good news of Jesus. We may not be the biggest church in the Duluth area. We just want you to see us as a church that shows our love for God and others.
Q. What is worship like
We work very hard to make sure worship has something for everyone. You will find some contemporary music and traditional hymns. Our message is geared toward kids, teens, and adults. We offer a children’s message every Sunday, so kids can be engaged and learning the good news of Jesus. We want all ages and all backgrounds to feel comfortable. To do this we have the entire service printed out in a worship folder for you to follow along.
Q. Am I supposed to dress up?
Only if you would like. We live in a world where too often people are judged by appearance or looks. At Shepherd of the Hills we are happy you are here whether you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a suit or a dress. Because here we can tell you about Jesus and what he has done for you and the impact he makes in your life. Currently with COVID-19 we do request you and your family wear masks while in the building.
Q. What makes us a Lutheran church?
The name "Lutheran" has been used to describe a broad group of teachings. Much like there are different types of Baptists, Presbyterians, and other groups, there are also different types of Lutherans, which makes answering the question a little difficult. You can find a more in-depth answer to the question here (link to our beliefs). The shorter answer to "What makes Shepherd of the Hills a Lutheran Church?" could be summarized this way:
The entire Bible is the Word of God.
We are saved only through faith in Jesus.
We are saved not by our own works, but by the grace of God.
At Shepherd of the Hills, we follow what Jesus said about baptism in Matthew 28:19: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
We believe that baptism is a divine and precious sacrament instituted by God and offers the forgiveness of sins, power that produces life change, and eternal salvation. According the Bible, baptism is meant for all ages, including infants. We understand that baptism is God’s gift and will gladly baptize those from our church and community. If you are interested in baptism or have questions regarding baptism, please contact us..
Starting Point is an opportunity to dive in and explore the truths of the Bible. If you are new to the Bible, want to learn more about what our church teaches, or interested in becoming a member of Shepherd of the Hills this class is for you. If you are interested in class, please contact Pastor Tim. The class is designed for a group setting or can be taken individually so that you can arrange what times work with your schedule.
Pastor Tim Denney has served at Shepherd of Hills since December of 2017. Tim grew up in the Twin Cities and upon graduating high school, he attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. There he received a B.A. in Biblical Languages in 2007. He then continued his education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and graduated in 2011. While at Seminary, he served internships at churches in Las Vegas, Nevada and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to coming to Shepherd of the Hills, he spent six years serving as a pastor in Big Rapids, Michigan. In November of 2016, Pastor Tim was married to his wonderful bride Dawn. Dawn graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in Graphic Design and enjoys using her talents and abilities to serve God in many different ways.
Pastor Tim is a huge Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan and enjoys all kinds of sports. He and his wife Dawn enjoy trying new restaurants, watching their favorite TV shows, exploring different parks, and experiencing the many exciting events and attractions of Duluth.
Pastor Tim loves the privilege of sharing the message of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. He and the people of Shepherd of the Hills would love for you to experience what they have found together, peace in Jesus and purpose in life. He enjoys meeting people in our community, so please take some time to visit us or give him a call.