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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The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony

In April we launched a series of forums called Transform Ideas; conversations to help Christians explore biblical perspectives on important cultural issues. The theme for our first Transform Ideas forum was the Timeless Call for Racial Harmony held on April 27th at Hope Community Church. Four local speakers addressed 225 audience members with ideas relating to both our nation’s history of racism and our present day reality of racial disparities in the Twin Cities. Our hope for The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony is to help Christians explore how they can pursue racial harmony, help rebuild, repair and find redemption from America’s sin of racism.

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Pastor’s Column: Being Prophetic Without Being a Self-Righteous Know-It-All

Nowadays, especially in light of the new president’s administration, virtually everyone wants to be a prophet. Discernment is of paramount importance. For those in the “school of the prophets” as well as those who are trying to discern the holy among all manner of uttering, Dr. Dennis Edwards offers four principles that guide his prophetic ministry.

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Christians and Muslims Partner in Largest Mobile Food Packing Event; Relief for Somalia Famine

A collaboration of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith-based communities in Minnesota is forming a relief response to the Somalia Famine, called Love Somalia, aimed at being Feed My Starving Children’s largest mobile packing event ever. Love Somalia hopes to recruit 30,000 volunteers and raise $1.5 million dollars in order to pack 6 million meals from June 2-5 at the River Centre in St. Paul. Together we can save thousands of lives.

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Design for Non-Designers

Those who work for nonprofit ministries often wear many hats. One of those hats is the work of designing programs, graphics, and marketing materials for their organization, often without receiving the proper graphic design training. On April 19, Transform Minnesota offered a Ministry Equip training called “Design for Non-Designers” for people who have no background in design work. Jordan Sundberg, graphic designer and owner of Tin Cup Design in Duluth, MN shared her expertise on how new designers can start generating ideas and the importance of creating a concept.

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God’s Spirit is Moving Inside Minn. Women’s Prison

God is moving at the Shakopee Women’s Prison in powerful ways. Prison Ministry volunteers can attest to it:
“I believe God is creating a revival inside the Shakopee Women’s Prison.”
“He is opening doors, minds and hearts; and He’s restoring hope and purpose.”
Estimates are that over 350 women have been baptized inside the prison since baptism services started being offered a few years back. But it’s not a one-time event. Volunteers from churches and evangelical ministries are a constant presence inside the prison walls, church attendance has sky-rocketed, and the Shakopee Women’s Prison is one of the first prisons in the world to allow a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class inside for meetings. Evangelical prison ministry groups believe God has big plans for these inmates after they’re released.

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Traveling Team Provides Minn. Churches with Ready-Made Vacation Bible School

Summer is quickly approaching. Does your church struggle to plan a week-long kids Vacation Bible School? Is recruiting volunteers a major headache? A traveling VBS is making stops all across the state, helping churches put on a high-energy, Gospel-focused summer day camp.Trout Lake Day Camps are open to all churches and denominations, and they still have some open weeks if your church is in need of a ready-made VBS program.

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Pastor’s Column: Message to Hispanic Congregations – “No Need to Panic”

Pastor Moisés Gómez writes about how the Evangelical Hispanic community and Hispanic Churches are feeling and responding during this tumultuous time in our country. He believes Hispanic pastors in Minnesota have been given the task of strengthening each member’s Christian roots, reminding them that God is in control of all things. Pastor Moisés Gómez is a journalist from Mexico who currently resides in a suburb of Minneapolis. He is the founder and director of the first Christian magazine in Spanish of the Twin Cities, Salt and Light (

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Sankofa 2017: Journeying Back, Looking Forward

Nearly 50 years after Dr. King’s assassination, 30 Twin Cities pastors kept Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive through Sankofa: Journey to Harmony. Sankofa is a Ghanaian phrase that translates as “go back and get it.” Our Journey to Harmony encouraged participants to go back and face our country’s roots in order to move forward.
Following our inaugural Sankofa: Journey to Harmony, we are inspired, filled with hope and continuing to look forward. It has become all too clear that it is the Gospel that reconciles people. So as we look ahead, we continue to dream of God’s multi-tribal Kingdom revealed in Revelation 7.

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