Next Steps in the Church’s Quest to Seek Justice

God’s heart for justice and mercy is beating strongly here in the Twin Cities! The first Twin Cities Justice Weekend was a giant success. The president of the International Justice Mission (IJM) encouraged churches to seek justice as a calling from God. We learned that human trafficking is a money driven enterprise and the buyers are the fuel that keep it running, according to Sgt. Grant Snyder of the Minneapolis Police Department. Sgt. Snyder encouraged church leaders to address the problems of human trafficking by starting with the offenders, who are often men who attend our churches. Find out how Twin Cities churches can continue to be a part of the quest to end modern-day slavery. Let’s not allow the momentum to slow down – Let justice roll on like a river!

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Pastor’s Column: How To Be a Missionary in Your Community

For our Pastor’s Column series, pastors in Rochester, MN are sharing how their churches do ministry and outreach in this growing diverse medical community. One of the unique situations that POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach) has in Rochester is the effect that the Mayo Clinic has on the immigrant population. The POBLO International Friendship Center often reaches out to Muslim students and Chinese students who are in Rochester as research fellows at the Mayo Clinic or family members of a research fellow. FInd out how POBLO staff and volunteers reach out to Rochester’s immigrant population by forming real friendships during the short-time they are living in Minnesota.

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UNITE NDOP Launches Summer Youth Prayer Movement, Together 2016

UNITE National Day of Prayer was held on May 5, 2016 at Mariucci Arena. Thousands of believers in the Twin Cities came together, regardless of generation, denomination or background to UNITE under the banner of heaven. In the spirit of this youth movement of prayer, we are excited to share PULSE’s summer prayer event in Washington D.C. called TOGETHER 2016, a national campaign to bring 1 million people to the National Mall for a day of worship and prayer on Saturday, July 16. Find out how your church can cover this event in prayer and join the prayer movement.

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Revitalizing Stalled, Slipping and Status Quo Churches

As some established churches find themselves dwindling in numbers, lacking energy or stalling out at status quo, it’s important for church leadership to do the hard work of revitalizing a church before it’s too late. We look into a number of examples of slipping churches who have either merged with other churches, gone through leadership counselling or embarked on a vitality process, in order to reboot their church with energy, health, and a passion to honor the legacy of the Gospel, and reach their community. Read how every church could use a Holy Spirit shake-up to keep or redirect their church on a healthy mission-minded path.

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Minn. Liberian Immigrant Congregation Builds First Church in U.S.

We are happy to celebrate one of our network churches as they reach a milestone that is among a first for a local immigrant congregation. Ebenezer Community Church will be the first predominantly Liberian immigrant congregation from Africa to build a building in the U.S. The $2.8 million building project is nearing completion, and the congregation plans to move into its new home in Brooklyn Park at the end of May.

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Pastor’s Column: Loving God. Serving People in Rochester.

For our Pastor’s Column series, pastors in Rochester, MN are sharing how their churches do ministry and outreach in this growing diverse medical community. C. John Steer, Senior Pastor at Autumn Ridge Church, the largest evangelical church in Rochester kicks off our series. He shares how this 159-year-old church, which was founded before Minnesota became a state, is living out their mission of “Loving God. Serving people.”

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Having a Biblical Theology of Sexuality in Today’s Culture, Helping Others Navigate the Terrain

In early April, Transform Minnesota and Bethel University hosted a church summit called “Holy Sexuality in Today’s Society.” Our Holy Sexuality in Today’s World Church Summit was so popular at Bethel University, it reached capacity, so we hosted a second summit in Cambridge, MN and had over 100 attendees. Evangelical scholar and psychologist from Regent University, Mark Yarhouse presented on how to unpack LGBTQ, how to understand gender dysphoria in our culture, and sexual identity from a Christian perspective. Biblical scholar Dr. Paul Eddy of Bethel University, presented on the Biblical theology of human sexuality, and the emphasis God puts on covenant relationships.

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A Tribute to Rev. Quint Alfors, our Founding Executive Director

Transform Minnesota is deeply saddened by the recent passing of our founding Executive Director Rev. Quinten Alfors. Quint’s leadership and faithfulness in prayer, was a driving force in the founding of this evangelical network, formerly called the Greater Minnesota Association of Evangelicals, which still exists 50 years later. We are eternally grateful for the ways God used Rev. Quint Alfors to connect and equip the Church through GMAE. We hope to continue to honor his name and legacy with the work we do at Transform Minnesota.

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Pastor’s Column: Small Town Church Reaches 5-County Region, Doubling Attendance in Five Years

For our “Thriving and Growing Rural Churches” series, Paul Jorgensen, Lead Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church shares how God is at work in Litchfield, a small town of 6,700 people. Amazingly, Cornerstone Church welcomed more than 1,200 people to their five Easter services this year. Over the past five years Cornerstone Church has more than doubled its attendance, with 120-180 people per year choosing to put their trust in Christ. Read more about what is drawing people to drive from all over the 5-county region to be a part of Cornerstone’s worship services.

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Good Friday Prayer for Muslims: The Power of the Cross

On Good Friday, 80 Christians gathered together at Wooddale Church to pray for Muslims, and for opportunities to minister to Muslims. Friday afternoons are typically a holy time for Muslims, as they attend Jumaa prayer in the Mosques. This past Friday was Good Friday for Christians, when we embrace the power of Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. We recognize that prayer is essential to reach our Muslim neighbors. Here’s a starting guide as to how to Pray for Muslims.

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