Colorado’s Central Mountain Region.
Colorado’s central mountains are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The towns in this region each have their own unique identity, but one thing they each share is their distance from neighboring communities. We like to say that these towns are literally on a mountain, and figuratively on an island. With this being the case, it is imperative for the health of the church in these communities that we build relational bridges between these communities and from these communities to the church in Colorado’s Front Range Corridor.
Summit County (in red above) functions as the hub of Summit Mission Alliance, both because of its location and because of the lead role that Christ Lutheran Church in Breckenridge has taken in the formation of Summit Mission Alliance. As of October 2020 efforts to form missional communities in several of the towns in Summit County (i.e. Breckenridge, Dillon, and Silverthorne) are underway. Christ Lutheran’s building is also the location of Open Arms Childcare and Preschool which serves children from 18 months to 6 years of age.
Eagle County is directly west of Summit County and is most known for Vail Ski Resort. Summit Mission Alliance is in conversation with the leadership of Gracious Savior Church in Edwards about joining our alliance.
Lake County is southwest of Summit County. Within Lake County is the city of Leadville, the United State’s highest incorporated city at 10,200 feet above sea level. Good Shepherd Lutheran in Leadville was established in 1960. In recent years Good Shepherd has encountered challenging times and is unable to support a full-time pastor with their dwindling congregation. With this being the case, Good Shepherd and Summit Mission Alliance have begun working together in order to reinvigorate the Gospel ministry in that place.
There are other counties surrounding Summit County that have little or no intentional ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, such as Grand County, Clear Creek County, and Park County. We have done initial demographic studies of these communities to identify potential new mission and ministry locations.