What We’re About:

Spirit Garage, the church with the Really Big Door.

If Jesus was going to be born in Minneapolis today, it would probably be in a garage. Maybe the angels would be singing in a Garage Band.  We believe that God’s Spirit is alive, active and running around in the world today. Garages often have physically big doors; churches should have metaphorically big doors.

We understand the church not as an organization, institution, or place, but the gathering of people following Jesus, in the same way that the folks in Matthew 28:17 did: “And they worshipped him, but some doubted.”  We have a really big metaphorical door. Everyone is welcome here, and you don’t have to check your brain before you enter. The Really Big Door stays open: Everyone is welcome, but no one is obligated to stay. There are other churches that might be more fitting for you.

What we believe:

You can find a variety of beliefs and doubts at Spirit Garage, but our leadership and rootedness come from a Lutheran and Christian place. This means the ways we talk and sing about faith will include these things:

  • We believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Through Christ we are given grace, and we share that grace in the world to become part of the healing, restoration and life-giving work God is up to in the world.
  • We celebrate Holy Communion, which is simple bread and wine that Christ instituted as a meal of God’s grace. All are welcome. All means all. God says yes to children, criminals, doubters, people with different understandings, people who have been rejected by other religious authorities, people of all kinds of genders and sexualities. If God said this was for all people, why would we turn anyone away? All means all.
  • We welcome the community of faith through baptism.
  • We recognize that God’s work in our lives and hearts is often a lifelong process rather than an instant decision.
  • We invite everyone, regardless of their background and history to join us on their faith  journey.

Who we are:

  • The people of Spirit Garage come from all kinds of religious and not so religious backgrounds.
  • Our pastor is ordained in the  ELCA  (Lutheran).
  • We maintain financial and official ties to the Lutheran church through our ELCA sponsor congregation Bethlehem Lutheran of the Twin Cities.
  • What we do at Spirit Garage may or may not be what many people would call Lutheran. Nevertheless, we find that the connection to a larger church community is helpful.

Mission Statement and Core Values

Mission statement:

Spirit Garage is grassroots ministry rooted in Christ welcoming all into authentic relationships. As the church with the really big door, we strive to create a compassionate community which honors the giftedness of all.

Core Values:

Authentic Relationship

God meets you where you are, and so do we, so come as you are.

At Spirit Garage, we to strive to be relevant to you and to real life in the world. What you find at Spirit Garage will be real. Come as you are. Take it at your own pace. At worship you’ll find good music, a message, prayer and communion; plus art supplies if you’d like to doodle your way through the gathering. We connect with others in small groups and events as varied as we are. There will be opportunities to connect with neighbors in need in this community and around the world.

Big Door

You are invited in.

We don’t actually meet in a garage. But we do like the idea of a big garage door welcoming all in and out.  We hold open the big door of God’s love and create a space where everyone is welcome. By opening the door and inviting people in, we believe that people can experience God’s unconditional love and grace. We encourage each other to share God’s love on our journeys back out into the world. The big door always goes both ways, so we hope to be out in the community, living out our core values in the world around us.

Grassroots Ministry

You can be a part of it.

Spirit Garage is a community of faith and in this community every person contributes to the health of the whole. Everyone is invited to lead and guide the community in different ways. Some organize small groups, some lead worship, some bake bread, some help set up and clean up, some share musical gifts, some pray for the community, some serve on the Drivetrain Leadership team, some work on making sure people know what is happening. Do you have an idea about something Spirit Garage could do? Talk to the leadership about it!


Everyone has gifts to offer. What will you bring?

God has given each of us unique gifts. Putting your passion in action is what fuels the culture of Spirit Garage and the culture in which we live. Some grow in their art, others stir the discussion, and others work behind the scenes. Spirit Garage is a place to explore, grow, and use our gifts. It is through this use that Spirit Garage’s mission is realized and God can be seen working through us.

Compassionate Community

“God knits us together for a moment, a season, a lifetime, or a reason.”

At Spirit Garage we start by letting God’s love care for us, and then proceed to having that love shine out to others and all creation. Jesus chose to live the life of a servant. He washed the feet of his disciples, provided care and healing to the sick, and gave mercy to everyone. We are called to follow in his footsteps. We have opportunities all around us—people at church, in our neighborhoods, and throughout the world.

It comes down to this: It’s about Loving God and All People with all of our spirit, mind, heart and body based on what Christ called “The Greatest Commandment”:

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” [Jesus] said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”