Pastor’s Column

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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Pastor’s Column: Talk of Racism in the Land of Niceness

Dr. Rev. Dennis Edwards, Ph. D. is the senior pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis. Dr. Rev. Edwards writes this guest piece for Black History Month about his experience of racism in Minnesota and in the Church, and why Christians should be vehemently dismantling racism.

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Pastor’s Column: What to do with the Non-Optional Race Card

Rev. Melanie Leehy is the President/Founder/Director of M.A.R.C.H. For Black History Month Rev. Leehy is guest writing a piece about her experience with racism growing up in Minnesota, and the covert racism she’s experienced in the Church. She writes about a time God encouraged her to move from victim to victor in Christ.

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Pastor’s Column: Why Celebrate African-American History?

Originally from Liberia, in West Africa, Rev. Charles Goah is senior pastor of United Christian Fellowship Church. Pastor Goah guest authors a piece on why it is important to celebrate African-American history, starting with Africans role in the Bible, for Black History Month.

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Pastor’s Column: Reconciliation in Minnesota from a Chicagoans Lens

Rev. Leslie X. Sanders, the Associate Minister to Youth and Families at First Covenant Church of St. Paul guest authors a piece on his own experience with racism for Black History Month.

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Pastor’s Column: Stepping Out of Racially Isolated Christian Spaces

Dr. Keith Stanley Brooks is currently the Dean of Academic Foundations at Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Periodically with Chosen Path Consulting Brooks also shares his expertise as an author, facilitator (educational leadership, intercultural competence, goal-driven staff development) and inspirational keynote speaker. Brooks is also an ordained Elder at the Holy Christian Church.

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Pastor’s Column: The Lament of Nehemiah – Rebuilding Education in our City

Russ Gregg, Head of School at Hope Academy writes that the mis­education of inner city youth is one of the most critical social justice issues of our day. Too many inner-city children are growing up in traumatic and impoverished homes that will sadly go on reproducing themselves for generations. Gregg writes about how the educational situation in the inner-city is desperate, but it is not hopeless. He encourages us to pray like Nehemiah, be moved to tears like Nehemiah and intervene like Nehemiah; knowing there is hope in returning to the Almighty God.

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Pastor’s Column: The Evangelical Season of Advent

Advent is a season of mournful longing and anticipation. But as Pastor Jason Meyer of Bethlehem Baptist shares, Advent should be one of the most evangelistic seasons of the church calendar. Some people come to church only twice a year (Christmas and Easter). Rather than criticize them, let’s capitalize on this willingness, by focusing church messages on the gospel; repent and believe.

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Pastor’s Column: The Power of Christmas in Our Pluralistic and Sometimes Dark World

As a former pseudo-Buddhist refugee-turned-Pastor, Le Que Heidkamp reflects on how the Incarnation of Jesus allows her to see the darkness in our world as redeemable. And the Power that Christmas has in our pluralistic and sometimes dark world.

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Pastor’s Column: Possibilities Instead of Roadblocks

New Hope Church shares how they were able to accomplish becoming debt-free through a 4-year initiative called “Rich in Generosity.” Church leaders say the key to paying off their nearly $4 million facilities mortgage was unprecedented generosity through its members. Through the initiative they found a financial freedom that allows them to expand their ministry opportunities.

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