What in the world is a "Vinje"?
The name “Vinje” comes from the homeland, back in the “old country” of Norway.  It literally means “prairie”, which is a pretty good description of who we are: a vibrant faith community on the prairie of western Minnesota.
What in the world is a "Lutheran"?

We are a part of a much larger community of churches called the “Evangelical Lutheran Church in America”. Our heritage goes back about 500 years, when a monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (or Grievances) to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany, which started a chain reaction of debate in the church.  (He’s not nearly as dismal a character as his picture portrays him.  In fact, he was quite a musician and composer.)

What in the world is a "Church"?
the church We’re kind of hoping you already know what this is, but if not, we’ll simply say that we’re a community made up of folks of all ages who gather each week to sing, pray, and hear a word of hope which keeps us going through the week.  (In fact, if you’re in need of a word and a prayer right now, go to www.d365.org.)  We have been in Willmar since 1867 (yes, almost 150 years!), which means we have deep roots in the neighborhood.  But while we cherish our history, we’re not dwelling in the past – we’re active HERE and NOW!
What does worship look like?

On any given Sunday morning you’ll hear classic hymns like “Beautiful Savior”, songs you might hear on the radio, a prayerful chant, or some kind of bluegrass/folk/jazz song.  You’ll hear some combination of organ, guitar, piano, drums, flute, violin, etc.  You might say that we have a great respect for tradition along with a deep love for innovation – we like variety!  Interested in listening to a sample?  Click HERE

What about the Bible?

The ministry of Vinje is grounded in scripture, especially this passage:

May the grace that is REACHING more and more people cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.      (2 Corinthians 4:15)

We are convinced that everything we do flows from God, and that God is calling us to share those blessings with others.  Therefore, since God is reaching out to us, we believe that…
God is calling Vinje Lutheran Church to be a Faith Forming Community by Reaching Out, Reaching In, and Reaching Deeper.


Our Prayer for the Journey

Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

How can I support this ministry?

We appreciate your prayers and participation – feel free to offer both!  Also, if you feel inclined to make a financial contribution we thank you!

A Brief History of Vinje's different locations.  
We celebrated the 50th year of Vinje's current building in the Spring of 2013