Church Coalition Launches Twin Cities Justice Weekend, All Churches Invited to Join

Four churches in the southwest metro are collaborating around God’s passion for justice and mercy. On the weekend of May 14-16, Wooddale Church, Christ Presbyterian Church, Westwood Community Church, and Grace Church are planning a Twin Cities Justice Weekend with the help of the International Justice Mission (IJM). This coalition of churches believes the Church is better together, than apart when working to end slavery. Find out the 5 ways your church can be involved in the Twin Cities Justice Weekend.

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Pastor’s Column: Growing Rural Motley Church from Single Digits to 300

For our Pastor’s Column series we are focusing on thriving and growing rural churches. We asked Jim Johnson the pastor of Motley Free Methodist Church to share how Motley FMC has grown from less than a dozen attendees to averaging nearly 300 in worship.

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Daniel: Flourishing in a Hostile World

Carl Nelson, President of Transform Minnesota, speaks at First Free Church in Minneapolis in February 2016, drawing inspiration from the incredible life of the prophet Daniel to guide Christians as we navigate our lives in today’s world.    

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300 Pastors Pray for Unity at UNITE National Day of Prayer

300 Minnesota pastors gathered together, lifting up in prayer the UNITE National Day of Prayer to be held at Mariucci Arena. Pastors from nearly every denomination prayed for each other, prayed for unity in the Twin Cities, and for the upcoming National Day of Prayer held on May 5, 2016.

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Mission Northeast Finds Unity in Serving and Praying Together

Churches in Northeast Minneapolis found they are better together, than they are apart. After six years of prayer and meeting together, dozens of churches in Northeast Minneapolis have formed a relational partnership called Mission NE, and they’ve grown to include 15-20 churches. Together Mission NE hosts joint holiday celebrations and outreach events in the community, and recently formed a citywide youth group, called NE Students. These churches have found through prayer and service, they can be united, across theological and denominational differences.

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Crafting a Clear Nonprofit Communication Strategy

In order for your compelling mission to be heard by donors, clients, and the public, you must have an effective communication strategy. It’s importance that your organization understands its “WHY” mission. “Getting to their “WHY”-both why they do what they do, and why their audience should care-and embedding that in everything,” says Sharon Sampson, CEO of Open Book Communications. Stakeholders need to be equipped with a simple way of understanding “what do you do” and “what difference does it make.” That has to drive deeper to mission and outcomes that make donors/stakeholders feel part of something larger than themselves. Learn how to identify what you most want your audience to do, solve, or feel?

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Black History Month: Leading Voices, Personal Experiences, Further Resources

As we embark on Black History Month we want to lift up the voices of black pastors, theologians, and Christians leaders in our community. We asked five thoughtful, engaging, and encouraging local black church leaders and thought leaders in our network to share their experiences of being African American in Minnesota and in the Church. We also asked for recommendations of other black authors, theologians, scholars and Christian leaders who have profoundly influenced their faith journey. Read their guest articles and recommendations here.

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Woodbury Mission Team Brings Justice to African Widows, Through Filing Paperwork

One of the injustices all too prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa is called widow land grabbing. An administrative team from Crossroads Church in Woodbury had a unique mission; to bring justice to a community in Uganda, through sorting and filing 100,000 legal documents. We interviewed a team member about how the tedious short-term work of filing and organizing paperwork resulted in court cases running more smoothly, and thousands of widows in Uganda having better access to justice.

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The Christian Way of Fighting Global Injustice

With 36 million slaves in the world, 2 million women caught in sex trafficking, and corruption a common practice in many of the world’s court systems; it can be overwhelming for U.S. churches to look outside of themselves and care about global injustice. But as followers of Jesus, we need to care about the injustice in the world. Our justice-work must be rooted in the Bible, and covered in prayer, before any action is taken. Read how some Twin Cities churches are taking innovative steps and doing the hard work of combating injustice in our world.

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Golden Valley Church Changing Lives of Ex-Offenders

Blocks away from a halfway house for men with criminal histories, Oak Grove Church opens its doors to its neighbors, including convicted felons. A sign hanging up in the Damascus Way Re-entry Center transitional house invites the men who are out of prison, but still on Supervised Release or on Work Release, to join its Golden Valley members for prayer and worship on Sunday mornings. And the men of Damascus Way are experiencing God in new ways.

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