Though a smaller congregation, Salem is a busy ministry with a wide variety of activities and ways to be involved.

Young Adults

Click here for the scoop on young adult ministries.

Adult Education and Bible Study

During the school year, Adult Education is held each Sunday morning at 9:40 am.  Consult the calendar for information about this week’s session.  Adult Ed regularly includes Bible Study, congregational conversations (our chance for a check in and discussion about congregational life and ministry), and education (speakers or discussion) about specific issues.  Recently this has included immigration, global ministry, vocation, and Bread for the World letter writing.  Deeper Dive Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7 pm (but will not be meeting in November 2015, resuming in December.)  The Ecumenical Bible Study (folks from all three congregations) is meeting on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 am at SpringHouse. This group is currently studying readings from the Narrative Lectionary (

Bible Study Options

Sundays, 9:40 am

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
Wednesdays, 8:.00 am

Sunday School and Youth

Click here for more information about our Sunday School and Youth Program

Minnesotans United for All Families

Our community is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation and includes GLBTQ individuals and families. We are active in standing behind the freedom for all families to unite in marriage, supporting the Minnesotans United campaign.

Collecting, Collecting, Collecting
Makes a Big Difference

Heard the old expression, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure?” Salem is going to benefit 3 agencies that have a positive impact on the lives of others by becoming a collection point for items which are frequently thrown away. Learn more about how to collect and help Whittier School, Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.

Day Camp

For 8 years running, Salem has partnered with other neighborhood and local south Minneapolis congregations to offer a progressive, Christ-centered, ecumenical day camp. This year’s day camp had the theme Caught Up in Creataion and was held in June at Bethel Lutheran on 17th Ave. S.

Simpson Shelter Meal

365 days a year there is a meal served at Simpson Shelter. Our next opportunity to serve the evening meal at Simpson is Wednesday, September 5. Read full details about how we serve Simpson Shelter in Reaching Out >

ZOOM House

Supporting the ministry of ZOOM House transitional housing program, located at 33rd Street and Blaisdell Avenue. For many years Salem has partnered with ZOOM House, supporting ZOOM House in a variety of hands-on ways throughout the season getting to know families, supporting their needs, and providing financial and material resources.


Salem does not have a choir that sings every week.  We do, however, have many members (attending both Traditional Service and Jazz Worship) who love to sing!  It is common for a choir to be gathered for a couple rehearsals to sing for a special Sunday or event.  Talk with musicians Tom Pieper or Danny Glass if you enjoy singing and would like to participate. Additionally, instrumentalists and vocalists are always welcome to share special music. Again, talk with Tom or Danny.

Transformation Team

How did all this change at Salem happen?  Well, it’s about the Holy Spirit.  Through the years of transformation we received grants from the ELCA and from Minneapolis Area Synod.  These grants for transformational ministry included specific training, coaching, and support for our congregation’s Transformation Team.  The Transformation Team is tasked with listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading and helping the congregation stretch and grow in these new ways.  Often this work has seemed to involve connections with the neighborhood, such as sponsoring neighborhood picnics and other outreach.  While this neighborhood focus remains very true, the team is currently also working on ways to strengthen the relationships and community within Salem and within SpringHouse.  They are finding ways to empower people to tap into their gifts and passions.  For instance, do you enjoy reading?  How about picking a title and gathering a book group?  Are you into knitting?  How about a knitting circle?  Beer tasting?  Families with young children?  Habitat for Humanity?  It’s all possible.  Let the Holy Spirit lead on!

Reaching Out

Check out the Reaching Out section to see what Salem is up to.