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Loving Our Somali Neighbor

On October 28th, Calvary Community church in St. Cloud hosted a one-day conference on how the church can better engage and love our Somali neighbors. The event was a collaborative effort between Transform Minnesota, Arrive Ministries, and the St. Cloud Evangelical Network for Transformation (SENT Network). Through various panel discussions and seminars, those present heard from a wide variety of individuals involved.

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Stay Out of Hot Water

To help encourage healthy organizational accountability and growth, attorney Julie Fisk shared with local faith-based non-profit leadership some of the most effective strategies for managing and documenting the employee discipline process. She highlighted honesty, communication and intentional feedback, equipping those present to invest in lawful awareness and “keep your legal ducks in a row.”

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Grow! Leadership Conference 2018 Announced

On March 11, 2017 the first leadership conference for rural and small town churches called Grow! was held at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield, MN. Over 300 pastors and ministry leaders from across the Midwest joined together in fellowship and learning the strategic significance of their ministry in rural communities. We are excited to announce that the 2nd annual Grow! Conference will be held on March 3, 2018 at Willmar Assembly of God Church.

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Daring Generosity

On October 5th, Transform Minnesota hosted ‘Daring Generosity’: a pastor’s luncheon at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Designed to help churches establish a culture of generosity President of Transform Minnesota: Carl Nelson, CEO of Thrivent Financial: Brad Hewitt, and Lead Pastor at River Valley Church, Rob Ketterling, joined in presentation on the heart and spirit behind giving.

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More than Conquerors through Christ

For a post-abortive woman, simply hearing the word ‘abortion’ in church can be unnerving. However, not hearing abortion discussed in church can also create shame, further stigmatizing and validating a desire to keep a past abortion hidden rather than to seek healing. In a recent study, forty-three percent of women were regularly attending a church at the time of their abortion. This puts the Church in a difficult situation. How is the Church called to talk about the sanctity of human life, without ostracizing and further condemning the men and women who have been through an abortion experience?

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Scripture, Science and Biblical Responsibility

On September 28th, Transform Minnesota held their second Transform Ideas Forum. The focus of the event was to consider our biblical responsibility to care for the poor and vulnerable who often suffer the most from weather extremes. Over two hundred and twenty people from the Metro and St. Cloud area attended to learn how they might become better stewards of creation, be equipped as thoughtful citizens of the Kingdom, and love their brothers and sisters in need around the world.

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Pray For Las Vegas

Carl Nelson writes, “Prayer seems inadequate. But that’s how Christians instinctively respond to a Father who loves us.”

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Explanation of Our Support for Refugees

While we have seen a lot of support for refugees from evangelical grassroots and national leaders in recent months, others are asking important questions about the safety of refugees coming to America. We encourage you to use the following information to talk with fellow Christians about the real fears that some people have. It’s important to our Gospel witness that Christians are seen as people motivated by the Bible and credible information.

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Pastor’s Column: How the Church Can Respond to the Nations at Our Doorsteps

How the Church Can Respond to the Nations at Our Doorsteps? “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner among you must be treated as your native-born.” (Lev. 19:33) Arrive Ministries Executive Director Bob Oehrig offers some loving ways of how individual Christ-followers and our congregations can respond to our new neighbors, as such groups as Burmese, Iraqis, Ethiopians, Nepalese, Somalis and Liberians now join our children in schools and in our communities. Oehrig also shares practical examples of how Churches can partner with Arrive Ministries’ programs to reach out with friendship and practical service, as we follow Jesus’ command to “love the stranger.”

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Restorative Worship Gathering Celebrates Journey of Harmony

On September 10th, Bishop Richard Howell Jr., of Shiloh Temple International Ministries and Pastor Matthew St. John of New Hope Church hosted ‘Harmony: An Evening of Restorative Worship’ at Shiloh. The intent in gathering was both to highlight the previous 2017 Sankofa Journey in February and the fruit that has since developed. This week, eighteen pastors from the trip gathered with members of the community for an evening of fellowship, unity, and a shared joy in the Lord.

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