Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Minneapolis, MN

Kodet worked with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd to develop a Master Plan in which collaboratively we defined the needs and goals for a multi-phase plan. Throughout the process Kodet provided plans, renderings, and cost estimates to aid the Church in gaining excitement and momentum for their capital campaign.The project focused on three areas: worship, clear entry, and education spaces. Our team was mindful throughout the design process to respect and complement the character of this mid-century modern church.

Renovation + Restoration

The renovation and restoration looked at how to make the best use of the buildings existing art + architecture. A key element was to connect the existing sanctuary to the courtyard originally separated by a brick wall with stained glass. The worship expansion included large custom wood sliding doors which carefully relocated the existing stained glass and allowed a flexible worship space in full view of the courtyard and introduced a breadth of natural light.

Welcoming Entry

The renovation provided a welcoming entryway that transformed the passage of the congregation from exterior to the interior. By connecting the entry, courtyard, and sanctuary visually the design provides the church with a focus on community.


Imperative to the renovation was the idea of strengthening the bond between the church and the congregation and developing a reflection of their values, mission, as a celebration of their faith and community. The Kodet Team regularly met with a variety of stakeholders and committees to more clearly identify their various programmatic needs are met within the design.

The ever-present theme and mentality of the community was to preserve the beautiful mid-century modern structure while improving functionality to serve current and future generations.