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Pastor’s Column: A Harvest of Generosity

In the second Pastor’s Column in our Generosity Series, Pastor Rod Carlson, Senior Pastor at Oak Hills Church in Eagan writes about similarities shared by churches that are the most generous. He shares a lesson he learned about what our giving reveals about our beliefs in the abundance of God or our fear of scarcity. Read more about how trusting in the Lord’s generosity has allowed Oak Hills to bless missionaries, their community and their congregation.

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Transform Minnesota Launches Generosity Initiative with Thrivent

Transform Minnesota is launching its generosity initiative to help build healthy churches across the state. We are happy to announce Thrivent as our official generosity partner. Our two organizations are collaborating around generosity, by hosting an Evangelical Leaders Forum on October 5th called, “Daring Generosity.” This free pastors’ luncheon will be held at Grace Church and will equip pastors and lay leaders in how to dare your church to be generous; while gaining tools to help church bodies experience the health of abundant generosity.

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Churches Tackling Foster Care Crisis, Caring for Vulnerable Children

There is a growing movement within the local Christian Church for families to support foster care and love on vulnerable children. In large part, the trend is due to a growing realization that there are modern-day orphans living in Minnesota. Many advocates for vulnerable children in the Christian community believe the Church finally is heeding its call to care for orphans, by attempting to care for the 1,700 Minnesota children who are wards of the state. Read how some churches and faith-based organizations are working to tackle Minnesota’s foster care crisis. Plus resources on how best to respond to this growing need.

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Pastor’s Column: The Power of Generosity

Kicking off the first of our Pastor’s Column Generosity Series, Pastor Bill Goodwin of Lighthouse Christian Church in Rosemount shares about the power of being generous, and how to get over the fears that hold us back from being more generous. Pastor Goodwin outlines Abram’s model of generosity, and challenges us to answer if we believe we are a good investment in God’s Kingdom.

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Twin Cities Anti-Trafficking Events and Resources

A landing page of Twin Cities Faith-based Anti-Trafficking Events and Resources leading up to Super Bowl LII.

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Responding to Officer Yanez Verdict

Imperfect Justice Following Philando Castile’s Death. There is no earthly justice that will bring back the life of Philando Castille. The world seeks justice as best it can, but even the world’s justice can’t turn back the clock and bring Castile back to life, or allow Officer Jeronimo Yanez to double check his instinctive reaction. While perfect justice is unattainable on earth, read some of the real changes Christians can be part of.

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Newly Released Books, Authored by Two Transform Minnesota Board Members

We are proud of two of Transform Minnesota’s board members for recently publishing the following Christian books. Dr. Dennis Edwards, senior pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis wrote a commentary on 1 Peter for The Story of God Bible Commentary. Pastor Charles Goah, senior pastor of United Christian Fellowship Church in Minneapolis wrote From Praise to Petition: Experiencing the Power and Passion of Prayer.

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Christian, Muslim Effort Leads to Minnesota’s Largest Food Pack

The hard-working hands of more than 19,000 volunteers packed meals for four-days leading to the most meals ever packed at one time in the state of Minnesota. Nearly 5 million meals are being shipped to the famine and drought impacted land of Somalia, due to a joint-faith effort between Christians and Muslims that was dreamed up and executed in just eight short-weeks. Together the group named, “Love Somalia,” inspired tens of thousands of volunteers to descend on the St. Paul River Centre from June 2-5.

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Spark Limitless Potential through Short-Term Missions

How do short-term missions trips produce results that go beyond a feel-good mini vacation? We asked a panel of missions pastors/administrators to share their best practices in crafting valuable and effective short-term missions trips. Find out how to honor the mutually beneficial nature of the church/missionary partnership. How dreaming big resulted in a 9,000% growth in missions giving at one church. And why it’s best to seek out invitations from long-term missionaries before planning a trip.

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Pastor’s Column: God’s Kindness Shown Through Local Outreach

Portia Allen, Local Project Director at River Valley Church writes about how attendees at River Valley’s 8 metro campuses make themselves available to their respective communities by being present and volunteering at community events and by partnering with local organizations to help them serve local residents. Allen shares the framework by which River Valley chooses to do local outreach in each community, and why it’s important for a church to ask itself if outreach meets a real need in its community.

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