Missions/Ministries

Our ministry and service to the world and our community is what we call "missions." It involves sharing the love of Jesus Christ in word and deed through a variety of activities. Missions is a strong core value of our church. View our major involvements below.

Visit the Resources Page for Mission Policies and Forms.

Local
Christian Youth Network (CYN)

A network of valley-wide youth pastors and leaders who meet to share ideas and plan joint events like the annual "Spring Fling."

Local
Dinner at Vinny's

Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Good Shepherd members bring sandwiches and fruit to St. Vincent DePaul's dining room and help to serve the evening meal, wait tables, engage the guest in conversation, and minister through prayer. For more information, contact Kelly Sperry at sperrymo@gmail.com to learn more.

Local
Family Promise

In partnership with other churches from the area, Good Shepherd opens its doors to Family Promise-qualified families with small children to live and sleep within its facilities. These families are temporarily homeless and would otherwise be living in shelters or on the street. They simply need a safe environment, along with time and stability, to find consistent work, skill training, and save money to rent an apartment. Many have sat and enjoyed a meal with our guests and enjoyed their company.

Local
GSLC-Dress a Child Around the World - Salt Lake City

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

We support interVarsity's outreach to students at the University of Utah campus to grow in Christ through social events, retreats, and weekly bible studies.

Local
Parish Nursing

Our Qualified nurses offer frequent health fairs to the community (blood pressure, diabetes checks, flu shots, medical counseling, etc.) and attend to the health needs of our homebound.

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Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC)

Our partnership with PRC helps to provide ultrasounds, pregnancy test, counseling, and prenatal care to women, offering the alternative of life to abortion.

Local
Standing Together

Good Shepherd Partners with Standing Together, a local para-church ministry that serves the state of Utah and acts as a catalyst to draw churches together in joint partnership with one another in evangelistic outreaches.

Local
T.H.E. Milestone Project

At the age of 18, young adults are released from the state's guardianship, many with nowhere to go. The Transitional Experience Milestone project offers qualified youth living quarters, in a safe environment as a training and intermediate step to prepare for independent living. GSLC partners with Salt Lake County and the State of Utah Foster Program and Housing Authorities to provide 3 group homes for these young adults.

National
Alcoholic Anonymous (AA)

Three Alcoholics Anonymous groups host meetings at Good Shepherd: Wednesday @ 7 p.m. (open to all)
Fridays @ 8 p.m. (closed group)
Saturdays @ 5 p.m. (open to all).

National
Christian Motorcyclist Association

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Royal Family Kids (RFK)

RFK provides an annual week long Christian summer camp for children within, or who have been in, the Utah Foster Care System; as well as a club and mentoring program for kids from camp. The monthly club includes meetings/activities and 1-on-1 mentoring with a trained Christian mentor for 4 hours per month. Check the Royal Family Kids website for more details.

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Scouting Programs

Good Shepherd is the proud sponsoring organization of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts. For more information, call the church office.

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Via De Cristo

A nationwide renewal movement among Lutheran churches that provides intense experiences of Christian fellowship, community, teaching, and grace. Weekend retreats (Thurs-Sunday) are held twice each year.

International
Children of Peace international

We support the work of COPI in Vietnam to provide medical clinics to the disabled, orphaned, underprivileged, and at-risk children by sending bi-annual medical teams and financially supporting indigenous work. Through the years, Good Shepherd has helped to build orphanages, HIV centers, vocational schools, transitional homes, and medical clinics.

International
Dress a Child Around the World

Friends and members of Good Shepherd work together to bring dresses for girls and T-Shirts for boys to Good Shepherd’s missions in Vietnam and Tanzania.  Children welcome these dresses and T-Shirts with open hearts. By providing them with these small items they know God is working in their lives. Join us in sewing, donating and making these children smile.

International
Eastern European Mission Network (EEMN)

We support of the work of EEMN in Russia and former Soviet Union partnering with the Ingrian Lutheran Church of Russia and Lutheran churches to provide mission support through the rebuilding of churches and promotion of Christian summer camps through English Language Camps. Through the years, Good Shepherd has ministered in prisons, orphanages, schools, and churches to provide Christian Sports Camps and Language Camps.

International
International Health Partners of Tanzania

We are helping to build a pediatric teaching hospital in Tanzania, Africa. The hospital is located on 62 acres in the village of Zinga, Bagomoyo District, northwest of Dar Es Salaam. Call the Church Office and volunteer to serve on one of our mission teams. The cost is about $3,300.

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