Lutheran Church and School

Building Vision


In 2014, the Church Council and Board of Elders authorized the formation of the Worship Vision Committee for creating a vision for new worship facilities.

For over 50 years, God has been doing and continues to do powerful work here at Shepherd of the Hills.  This is His ministry, His church. The long-term outreach potential to our community in Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and beyond is very great considering our location and established ministries such as our school. God calls us to walk in faith with him, and follow his leading. So, after diligent study and prayerful consideration, given the challenges but also the tremendous opportunities we must aid in the growth of His Kingdom, the committee decided that rebuilding a part of the facilities would be the best approach moving forward.

With the Blessing of the Elders and Church Council, the committee went thru an extensive planning process and then with the assistance of an architect created the vision for a new Worship Ministry Center, a building which will replace the Sanctuary, Parish Hall, and Early Learning Center buildings.

Building the Worship Ministry Center would be a bold and comprehensive step forward in Faith to bring the Love of Christ to the entire South Denver Metropolitan area!

Why Expand?

After much research, we discovered things our current members wished were different, and things non-members and neighbors thought about Shepherd and went to the drawing board. (see the link for the full committee report below)

There were some key things that needed improvement:

  • An obvious “front door” 
  • To look like a church from University Blvd.
  • A place where everybody could gather between services and mingle
  • A center aisle for ceremonies

This video is really just a sketch of things we could do, and not everything is included, like where an organ would go, where a praise band would go and more. But, on our existing site, we could truly have a transformational building, and a beautiful, uplifting improvement to our current campus.

What would you like to see?

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Worship Ministry Center Features

The proposed Facility would have 3 levels: Ground level, the Lower level (basement), and an Upper level.

Ground Level Features:

  • Large, clearly accessible entrances from the South and North Parking Lots
  • Entrance Hall with room for Hundreds of people to mill about
  • 540 Seat Sanctuary
  • 24 Seat Chapel / Prayer Room
  • Glassed in Cry-Room adjacent to the Sanctuary
  • Elevator to Upper and Lower Levels
  • Coffee bar / Kitchen
  • 150 Seat Parish Hall / Multi-Purpose room
  • Large ADA compliant Bathrooms
  • Nursery Room
  • Usher Room
  • Expanded Gym Kitchen
  • Church Offices
  • Grand Staircase to Lower Level

Lower Level Features:

  • Large Youth Room with Kitchenette and Theater Seating for 40+
  • Dedicated Youth Room Storage
  • Grand Parish Hall and Kitchen with Banquet Seating for 180+
  • Large Restrooms
  • Food Pantry Ministry Areas
  • Additional Space for Storage
Upper Level Features:

  • 80 Seat Choir Loft adjoining the Sanctuary
  • Separate Music Practice Room with risers supporting a choir of 60+ vocalists, sheet music and bell choir storage.
  • Counseling Ministry Office – moving this ministry to the proposed location within the Worship Ministry Center will greatly increase the accessibility of this ministry to the community as well as enhance its privacy
  • Music Ministry Office
  • Library / Reading area
  • Restrooms
  • Additional Office space reserved for future use
  • Access area to Gym Control rooms for Scoreboard and Audio Video Room controls.
  • Additional Storage Areas

The Committee’s Report:  Click here to get the full committee report.