Project Stories


Colonial Church

Edina, Minnesota

Proximity Project was contracted by Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, to reimagine creative ways for expressing their mission as a church while inviting neighbors to enjoy the many gifts of beauty and rest found on their property. The team spent several months designing a walking path that will in the future be open to public use. Before full implementation, Proximity Project led a pilot day with the congregation. Of the congregation members who participated in the pathway pilot and the follow up survey, these benefits were expressed (even despite the snow!):

  • 100% of users learned something new about the property

  • 90% of users were more likely to spend time on the church property

  • 90% felt more welcome and free to explore the church property

  • 72% felt more connected to the life and vision of the church

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Trinity City Church

St. Paul, Minnesota

Trinity City Church contracted Proximity Project to guide them in a plan for recommended small scale placemaking improvements to make their newly-purchased property more community engaging and friendly.

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To date Proximity Project has presented or worked in various capacities with the following churches and organizations:

Anselm House, Minneapolis, MN | Belgrade United Methodist, Mankato, MN | Bethel Seminary,

Roseville, MN | Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN | Bloomington Covenant Church,

Bloomington, MN | Central Baptist Church, St. Paul, MN | Century Church, Pike Road, AL | CityLife

Church, St. Paul, MN | Colonial Church, Edina, MN | Fabric, Minneapolis, MN | Fellowship of Christian

Athletes - Macalester College, St. Paul, MN | First Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN | Hope

Community Church, Minneapolis, MN | L’Abri, Rochester, MN | Made To Flourish, Kansas City, MO |

Mill City Church, Minneapolis, MN | Parish Collective, Seattle, WA | Peace Lutheran Church,

Lauderdale, MN | Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN | Rice Lake Bible Chapel, Maple

Grove, MN | Trinity City Church, St. Paul, MN