About Lutheran Campus Ministry of Bemidji

A Message from Pastor Emily

The Lutheran Campus Ministry Community of Bemidji is blessed to continue to gather around the theme of "Life Together!" Our experience of the world will include both challenges and joys - neither of which gain meaning without the context of community. 

We strive to be a campus ministry that welcomes all students, faculty and staff at BSU & NTC to share life together. Your unique perspectives, identities, beliefs, and hopes are what make our community beautiful! 

You don't have to be a Christian, regular church attender or Bible wizard to attend! Lutheran Campus Ministry of Bemidji is an affirming, welcoming and grace-filled student group at BSU & NTC. Anyone who is curious about faith & spirituality is already welcome!

 Wherever you are on your spiritual journey - you are welcome to join us! We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in transforming us, our community and the world and we hope you'll join us in learning, growing, and engaging the hope of that Spirit together!


What does "Lutheran" mean? 
Lutheran Campus Ministry is connected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)! We're a part of one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States. The ELCA is a church that has a living, daring confidence in God's grace. 

Grace is the hope, forgiveness, joy and new life that is always, always available to us in God. We believe one of the ways grace announces itself in our lives is through faith. For us, faith comes through hearing the good news of God in Jesus: 

  • We are loved unconditionally by the Holy One who created us! 
  • God has promised to meet us and be with us in hard times as well as good ones! 
  • We get to see, feel, hear and know God in stories of scripture, in our faith communities and relationships with people around us! 
  • In baptism our liberation & salvation are assured so we have been set free to love and serve our neighbors! 
  • It's beause of God in Jesus that we are called into the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world!

We welcome you to join this community of faith regardless of your age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA and Lutheran Campus Ministry. You don't need to believe what we believe to belong! There is a place for you here!

What is Bemidji Lutheran Campus Ministry all about?

"Lutheran Campus Ministry is here to be a community of support and connection. We know college can be a tough time, especially for our spiritual lives. Our hope is to facilitate a creative, fun, life-giving and Spirit filled space for you to connect with God and others!" - Pastor Emily Papke-Larson, current Campus Pastor of LCM Bemidji.

"Lutheran Campus Ministry is an organization set out to help students grow in their faith as well as provide a place for students to hang out and have fun with fellow students." - Pastor Jim Holthus (a.k.a. "PJ"), former Campus Pastor of LCM Bemidji.

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