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Seeking Restoration and Rehabilitation in our Corrections System

As Minnesota legislators are in the thick of drafting, amending and voting on bills this legislative session, we implore our elected officials to seek restorative justice in our state’s Corrections system. In the midst of these very difficult situations where victims must remain the center of our care, we also believe in reflecting the Christian hope for the rehabilitation and restoration of offenders.

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Pastor’s Column: Bringing Life and Health Back to a Flat-Lining, Hurt Rural Church

For our Pastor’s Column series we are focusing on thriving and growing rural churches. We asked Marlin Mohrman the lead pastor at Morris Evangelical Free Church to share how Morris EFC overcame a season of conflict, distrust and hurt to achieve reconciliation and health. As well as how when church membership was flat-lining, Morris EFC managed to double its members within a decade by focusing on worship style, ethnic outreach, and defining roles in leadership.

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Holy Sexuality: A Good Gift from God

Sexuality and gender identity are important and critical issues our society is wrestling with in the public sphere. Today’s secular culture is dictating the narrative of what is sexually permissible, leaving the Church often timid when speaking about sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, and God’s design for holy sexuality. We believe the Church needs to root its response in the truth that male and female were created in God’s image. We believe the Church needs to offer a fulfilling, good, God-honoring vision of holy sexuality. In loving the whole person, the Church needs to be willing to accept the questions that come along with people struggling with their sexuality and identity.

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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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