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Launching a Ministry of Financial Leaders

Believe it or not, affluence is often a burden, and many with it are unsure of how to steward their wealth. Kimberly Stewart, Eagle Brook Church’s Executive Director of Development, taught a seminar on Engaging Financial Leaders, after she helped Eagle Brook launch a ministry to financial leaders eight years ago. Stewart has a sincere heart for high capacity givers she calls “Financial Leaders,” and she says this ministry is just as spiritual as any other in church. If not reached out to by the Church, Stewart believes some of the Church’s financial leaders would be missing out on spiritual growth and on becoming fully connected to the Church. Through this ministry many financial leaders realize they are needed to fulfill the mission of the Church, and find joy in exercising the gifts God has given them.

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Pastors Invited to Lift Up Jesus at New US Bank Stadium

Can you imagine if 50,000+ people inside US Bank Stadium were worshiping our Lord and King Jesus Christ? What if the 1 billion dollar football stadium was turned into a house of prayer for an entire weekend? That’s what Pulse wants to see for the UNITE National Day of Prayer in 2017 – to fill the US Bank stadium with youth lifting up the name of Jesus Christ. Pulse is casting this vision of hosting the largest youth event the state of Minnesota has ever known, but they need the partnership of hundreds of Minnesota pastoral teams. On September 29, 2016 pastoral teams are invited to US Bank Stadium’s Hyundai Room to come together for lunch, prayer and worship in preparation for UNITE National Day of Prayer 2017 at US Bank Stadium.

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Former NFL Player Shares How God Used Injuries to Work in His Life

After winning a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts, then playing with the Cincinnati Bengals, former University of Minnesota Gopher football player Ben Utecht retired from the NFL when a routine training drill resulted in his fifth documented concussion. Utecht writes a new book chronicling his life as an athlete, how multiple sports-related traumatic brain injuries have resulted in severe memory loss, and how his Christian faith has been the anchor in his life, which continues to keep him strong and grounded as he looks toward an uncertain future.

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Churches Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

Last month 170 gathered in the Twin Cities for a stimulating and informative presentation on the global refugee crisis given by Matthew Soerens, author of the just-released book “Seeking Refuge on the Shores of the Refugee Crisis.” Transform Minnesota and Arrive Ministries would like to help connect Christian faith communities with resources and empower the local church to serve our vulnerable refugee neighbors. Here we have included a few resources from the seminar which we know many church leaders and concerned Christians will find helpful.

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How Covenants Show God’s Heart for Relationships

Dr. Paul Eddy defines covenant as a committed, community-based, kinship-creating, agape love relationship. But he says it can be simplified down to two simple words: love formalized. Dr. Eddy believes studying covenants gives believers a better sense of God’s heart for how He shapes relationships. At his Covenantal Theology training at City Church on July 13, Dr. Eddy shared how we can improve our marriages by accurately viewing them as Kingdom-oriented covenants. Through that Kingdom-oriented lens, sex within a male-female marriage becomes the sign of the covenant. He urged church leaders to teach Kingdom Marriages, that put the Kingdom community and the imaging of the triune God at the center of it.

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Urban Church Planting Q & A Series: Jubilee Community Church

For our Urban Church Planting Q & A series, we interview pioneer church planters who, having firmly planted churches in urban areas of the Twin Cities, look back and share their wisdom and reflections. Here we interview John Erickson, lead pastor of Jubilee Community Church in South Minneapolis. John helped to plant another church in Brooklyn Center, MN before planting Jubilee in the Phillips neighborhood, where he grew up.

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Minn. Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson Shares About his Faith and Faith Night

Kyle Gibson was drafted by Minnesota Twins in 2009, and got called up to the majors in 2013. We interviews Gibson about his faith and his involvement in the 2nd annual Twins Faith Night at Target Field. “We have a responsibility to utilize what God has given us and He has given us (Twins players) a really cool platform to be in the public eye and to hopefully compete and play the game as God would want us to, and keep loving people, and to spread His love around to as many people as we can,” Gibson says.

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Community Prayer Service Fills Sanctuary with Lamentations and Prayers

It was standing room only at a community prayer service on Monday July 11th, at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, in response to a week of deadly violence in our community and nation. More than 500 people came before God as a unified Body of Christ to lament, pray for peace, and to seek hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rev. Billy Russell of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Jason Meyer of Bethlehem Baptist Church called for a night of prayer and unity that resonated with many in our Christian community which can so often feel divided based on denomination, race, creed, age, gender or neighborhood affiliation.

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We Weep With Those Who Weep – A Call to Pray and Lament for Recent Deadly Violence

We appeal to every church in Minnesota to address the deadly violence that has occurred in our nation this past week, including the tragic deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, a 2-year-old child in North Minneapolis and the deaths of 5 police officers in Dallas. Romans 12 commands us to “weep with those who weep,” and many people in our own state are weeping, whether they be the family and friends of young Black men, or the family and friends of police officers. Past experience has informed us that when churches have remained silent in moments like now, those who mourn are hurt by our silence when we do not grieve with them. For those Christians and church leaders who find themselves at a loss for words, we offer suggestions on how to address these events with your congregation, how to pray and respond, and what steps to take next. Together as the Body of Christ we must lament, pray for peace, and offer hope to the world.

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Urban Church Planting Q & A Series: Antioch Community Church

For our Urban Church Planting Q & A series, we interview pioneer church planters who, having firmly planted churches in urban areas of the Twin Cities, look back and share their wisdom and reflections. Here we interview Andy O’Rourke, lead pastor of Antioch Community Church in Northeast Minneapolis. Antioch Community Church is also affiliated with the Acts 29 Network Upper Midwest Region. Antioch Community Church is the second church Andy has planted.

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