In the early 1960’s, area congregations found camping ministry to be invaluable, purchased a peninsula on Lake Metigoshe, and incorporated Metigoshe Ministries. Today, Metigoshe Ministries is owned by over 70 ELCA congregations in north central North Dakota.
Over the years, significant additions and changes, supported by a dedicated constituency of congregations and donors, have grown Metigoshe Ministries into a vibrant year-round ministry.
- In 1972, the Lakeside Christian Center was built.
- In 1981, the camp was moved from Lake Metigoshe to the 268-acre site on Pelican and Sandy Lakes.
- In 1999, the Center of Life addition was constructed between the Christian Center and the Life & Growth building for expanded year-round retreat programming.
- In 2007, construction began and was completed on a replacement for the Lee House. The Lee House served many years as a home for the summer leadership staff.
- In 2008, construction began and was completed on a new high ropes course at Pelican Lake. The course is called “Higher than the Mountains.” The course was built in memory of Jenna Tolstad of Westhope, ND.
- In 2011, Luther Hall rebuilt after winter damage.
- In 2012, Pastor Jon Halvorson called as Executive Director.
- In 2013, The Lodge at Pelican Lake undergoes extensive remodeling.
- In 2015, Capital Campaign authorized at a special Association meeting for the purpose of funding cabin replacement, Anna Manor and new housing facilities at Pelican Lake and expansion of the Christian Center facilities.
- In 2017, Anna Manor addition, cabins and Gary’s Place Retreat Center completed.
- In 2018, work began on Christian Center Expansion.
Our Vision Statement
Metigoshe Ministries will build relationships, grounded in our identity as children of God. We will create safe places of sanctuary in our unique Turtle Mountain setting, where all people know they belong and are accepted. Our programming will create and nurture faith foundations among all God’s people and through our ministry send forth disciples of Jesus who joyfully serve where they are present.
Our Core Values
Metigoshe Ministries, rooted in the Lutheran tradition, inspires:
- Christian Faith Formation: planting seeds of faith, equipping and empowering disciples to share the Good News in Word and Deed.
- Dynamic Worship: joyfully celebrating the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- Practicing Hospitality: creating sanctuary – a safe place – where all God’s people are welcome.
- Nurturing Relationships: reaching out, connecting people, and building community.
- Responsible Stewardship: inspiring others to joyfully care for people, environment, and finances.