Mission & Core Values


The vision of Holden Village is the love of God making new the church and world through the cross of Jesus Christ.


The mission of Holden Village, a Lutheran ministry, is to welcome all people into the wilderness to be called, equipped and sent by God as we share rhythms of Word and Sacrament; work, recreation, and study; intercession and healing.

Core Values

We are grounded and united in daily Gospel-centered worship.
We interpret Word, sacrament, and daily life through the Lutheran theology of the cross.
We offer lavish hospitality to all.
We believe that God calls all persons to love and serve God and neighbor.
We celebrate the unity and diversity of all God’s children.
We offer ourselves to one another in mutual forgiveness, conversation and respect.
We trust God’s mercy as we pray and work for justice and peace.
We celebrate and seek to serve creation’s well-being through faithful patterns of daily living.
We express gratitude to God for extravagant gifts of creativity, imagination and ingenuity in all who volunteer.
We value critical thinking, provocative discussion, and the integration of learning and experience.
We embrace God’s gift of Sabbath by offering refreshment to those who are weary.

We commit to be grateful stewards of the surprising gift of Holden Village and its place in the wilderness.
We believe that the Holden community includes all who care for Holden through their labor, gifts and prayers.
We love that holy hilarity returns us to the joy and freedom of the Gospel, which alone overcomes all our lapses of mission, strategies, goals, garbology, dish team, work, and relationships.

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