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Urgent Call to the Church

The Church holds great responsibility to lead with immediate and committed action. While critical, it is not enough for the Church to simply call out racism and reject it as evil and divisive.

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Yet Another Black Life Devalued and Disregarded

George Floyd's personhood and dignity were met with violence and his last breaths were handled with a cruel lack of basic human care.

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Considerations for Churches as They Move to Reopen

Transform Minnesota encourages caution and compassion as Governor Walz announced new executive order 20-62, allowing for public worship gatherings beginning May 27.

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Transform Minnesota's Statement on Churches Reopening

Transform Minnesota issues a statement on balancing the reopening of church worship with the needs of public health.

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Arrive Ministries Announces New Executive Director

Transform Minnesota is excited to announce Mike Bergman as the new Executive Director of Arrive Ministries.

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Rally Call to Christians: A Surge in Generosity

Christians in centuries past risked their lives to help others during pandemics. What can we risk to help small businesses, frontline charities, and our own churches in this pandemic?

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The Crisis That Could Strengthen Churches

President of Transform Minnesota, Carl Nelson, shares hope and ways God may strengthen the Church during this unprecedented time.

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Employee Classification: Simplified

On February 27th, Transform Minnesota hosted a Ministry Equip with Virginia Cronin, who spoke to a full room on the importance and nuance of properly classifying employees.

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Health Officials Brief Minnesota Church Leaders

The MN Department of Health briefed denominational leaders on March 17 to provide guidance on how churches should plan to respond to the Coronavirus emergency.

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Worldview and Political Polarization

Kyongmin Song teaches classes on Christianity, culture, and politics with an emphasis on reconciliation; he shared some of his thoughts with Transform Minnesota.

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Sexual Identity and Labels: A Testimony by Rachel Gilson

Rachel’s testimony begins with a secular family in a conservative area of California and ends with a radical understanding of God and His holiness.

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Remembering the Lives of Elias, Elmer, and Isaac

With the 100-year commemoration of Minnesota’s own egregious Duluth lynchings approaching this June, it is important to reflect on the three innocent lives taken on June 15th, 1920.

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Pastor's Column: 'Tuko Pamoja': We are Together

Emily Hamilton shares her heart for global mission engagement and relationships.

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Abundant Life from Conception to Natural Death

This January, Transform Minnesota remembers and grieves those lives lost to unnatural causes, including abortion and physician-assisted suicide. We believe that because God has created each of us in His image, that every life holds dignity and purpose, regardless of life stage.

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Encouragement for 2020

I know that God’s hand is on the Twin Cities here in Minnesota. Jesus is changing lives! I met with hundreds of pastors from various evangelical denominations in 2019 and heard unique stories of the Gospel at work.

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Building a Vibrant Church Culture

On November 21st, River Valley Campus Pastor Kirk Graham spoke at a Transform breakfast on creating and developing vibrant church culture.

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Pastor's Column: Follow Up to Sankofa

"My largest takeaway from the trip was hope—hope that I would be able to apply what we had seen and make a difference in our community."

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Transform Minnesota's Vision for Holy Sexuality

Our heart is to equip the Church in steadfast scriptural foundations while encouraging compassionate, Christ-like navigation of today’s more challenging topics.

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Rooted in Scripture, Motivated by Love

Transform Minnesota hosted president of the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, Preston Sprinkle for two sold out events early this November.

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Fighting Racial Injustice and Understanding Racism in America

This October, several hundred gathered for Transform Minnesota’s Understanding Racism in America event with speakers Jemar Tisby and Laurel Bunker.

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Education Equity: Church Advocacy

On October 18th, Nicole Baker Fulgham spoke at a Transform Minnesota breakfast hosted by Bethel Christian Fellowship.

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Damascus Way Announces New Executive Director

Damascus Way Reentry Center has announced a new Executive Director, Tierre Webster, to join the organization in November.

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Walter Kim Succeeds Leith Anderson as NAE President

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) Board of Directors elected Walter Kim as its president, effective January 1, 2020. He will succeed Leith Anderson, who has served as NAE president since 2006.

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Transform Minnesota Partners with Bless Your Pastor Campaign

Transform Minnesota is encouraging Minnesota churches to participate in Pastor Appreciation Month this October.

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Solidarity in Education Equality

As a proud member of the NAE, Transform Minnesota is committed to addressing the crisis of education inequity.

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Practical Approaches to Conflict Resolution

“Conflict resolution skills are the final result of years of effort combined with the experience of application”; in other words—we frequently miss the mark and it takes time.

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Love Them First: Documentary Inspires As God Works Through Brokenness

At an elementary school in North Minneapolis God is bringing hope and transformation through the lives of two godly principals and their teaching staff.

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Pastor's Column: How Would Jesus Say Hello

Trent Palmberg shares his heart for seeing and loving his neighbors the way Jesus would.

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A Tragic Anniversary: August 1619 and the Beginning of a 400 Year Legacy

Four hundred years ago this month, in late August 1619, a destructive and evil idea was introduced to the American colonies.

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Being a Trauma Informed Church

At our Trauma Informed training on June 26, 2019 held at Sanctuary Covenant Church, we looked into how Christian communities can heal unseen wounds. The Church is uniquely positioned to be a healing presence for the growing number of trauma survivors we serve in our communities.

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Pastor’s Column: Blessing the ‘Rest’ of Your Life

"Ministry is demanding. Serving the Lord and others can be like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. Therefore, prioritizing personal time weekly and extended time seasonally to unplug from the demands for some personal soul care is not only important, but a necessity," writes Bill Goodwin.

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Pastor's Column: Who Benefits from a Pastoral Sabbatical?

In the overall life and ministry of a church, the gift of a pastoral sabbatical is a relatively small thing, and yet the benefits it reaps are abundant and lasting. Rev. Christian Ruch writes about who all benefits from a pastoral sabbatical.

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Pastor's Column: Sabbath Reminds us that God is God (and we are not)

"Sabbath is the only one of the Ten Commandments that we brush off as not really that important. But it’s the longest and most descriptive commandment, the hinge words between how we relate to God and how we relate to each other. It’s not a throw-away comment. One day in seven, God says, you stop all work, because you are not to be defined by your output. You are all simply and completely human beings, alongside one another, all beloved children of God," writes Rev. Kara Root, Lead Pastor at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

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Pastor’s Column: Holistic Care of the Soul

"Pastors, we need to recognize the importance of soul care in our own lives.  If our souls are depleted and dry, chaotic and overwhelmed, this internal state will undoubtedly spill out upon all we encounter," writes Dr. Christine Osgood. In order for the soul to be well, Dr. Osgood suggests we need to care for and invest in six interrelated dimensions: your body (physical), your thoughts (cognitive), your feelings (emotional), the people (relational) you consistently engage, your calling, mission or purpose (meaning), and your spirit (spiritual).

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Pastor’s Column: Retreating to Ponder Creation

Mark Rieland writes about one of the best ways he believes Christian faith leaders can rest and pursue refreshment in their lives and ministries.

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Draft a Rock Solid Employee Handbook

The number one rule when drafting an employee handbook, is to tailor it specifically to your organization. If the handbook is not tailored to meet your organizations needs and specific legal requirements, it will become a legal liability. At Rock Solid Employee Handbooks training on June 13, 2019, Attorney Ginny Cronin taught the three starting steps to take when drafting an Employee Handbook.

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Sankofa Reflection 2019: From Eeriness to Empowerment

“Several of the stops on our journey brought about an eerie, spiritual connection to my ancestors which was initially unsettling. As we continued, this sensation shifted from eeriness to empowerment as it gave me confidence that the strength of my people who endured these hardships still has the power to be a catalyst for true reflection,” wrote Elder Kyle Jeter, while reflecting on his 2019 Sankofa Journey.

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Sankofa Reflection 2019: The Truth About Acting Countercultural

“To assume I would have done differently is the height of arrogance or ignorance. The fact is that most of us are simply products of our culture and society, not independent actors. Most people simply will not act counter to our cultural environment. People do not think alone,” wrote Pastor Kory Kleinsasser, while reflecting on his 2019 Sankofa Journey.

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Sankofa Reflection 2019: Finding Myself In Birmingham

"I was eager to find my place in history. Would I have had the bravery to march with Dr. King? Could I have been counted among those who sat bravely at Woolworth’s to protest the immorality of segregation?... (Later) I found myself in Birmingham, standing on the wrong side of love–and history," writes Pastor Mike Tong, while reflecting on his 2019 Sankofa Journey.

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Sankofa Reflection 2019: The True Tragedy of the Ku Klux Klan

"I have always known that Klansmen were terrorists. I could easily identify their distinctive dress (white robes) and their symbol of terror (the cross). But sometimes the things you know fail to really hit home. It was not until I was face to face with those symbols at a museum in Birmingham, AL that I saw the true tragedy and tasted the true terror," writes Pastor Jason Meyer, while reflecting on his 2019 Sankofa Journey.

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In-Group Bias - It's In the Church Too

In-group bias in Christianity is all too normal. Dr. Ruben Rivera taught at the second Dismantling Racism training at Wooddale Church on March 21, 2018 on how Christians are often regularly, however subconsciously bias. Dr. Rivera taught about the dangers of making our view of Jesus captive to our in-group culture. Dr. Rivera showed how Jesus blew up in-group/out-group bias, and continues to empower His followers to take in-group love and give it to the out-group.

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Pastor's Column: What Pastors Need to be Talking about Right Now

Sondra Samuels writes about how she believes pastors need to be sharing a more relevant message about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that will resonate with teenagers. As teenagers in her life and work increasingly deal with anxiety and isolation, her hope is that pastors will teach how Jesus' life and message of love, power and hope can address all that is going on in their lives. Samuels is the President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone, working to end the achievement gap in North Minneapolis.

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An 8-Point Checklist for Responding to Sexual Harassment Reports

On April 2, 2019 Transform Minnesota presented a ministry equip training for churches and Christian nonprofits called "Fostering Dignity in the Workplace" with Virginia Cronin, attorney at Henningson and Snoxell. When designing the policies and procedures a church or nonprofit will use to conduct intake reports of sexual harassment, this 8-point checklist is a good place to start.

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Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 8

Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 7

Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 6

Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 5

Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 3

Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Monster

Praesent sed nibh at elit porta malesuada a posuere ante. Donec odio sapien, semper vitae justo in, vestibulum imperdiet ipsum. Praesent aliquam tincidunt elementum. Mauris id ipsum mi. Fusce congue nibh risus, eget fringilla mi feugiat eget. Sed elementum lacus metus, ut commodo justo tristique non. Maecenas faucibus dolor et purus accumsan, vitae malesuada ligula tempor. Fusce vitae dapibus mi, in venenatis dui. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Ut luctus neque vel ipsum blandit sagittis. Suspendisse ultrices mi sit amet vulputate efficitur. Ut a tellus non leo iaculis fermentum sit amet et nisl. Donec et arcu tortor. Sed non erat placerat, condimentum nulla at, mollis lorem. Nunc efficitur pellentesque tortor, eu finibus mauris ultrices sed.

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Groovy

Fusce sagittis ultricies justo, vel semper turpis malesuada non. Nunc ac tincidunt tortor. Etiam sed condimentum tellus. Fusce hendrerit ultrices nulla, et imperdiet elit vestibulum non. Vestibulum congue massa metus, ac egestas nibh aliquam ut. Aenean eu lacus sed tellus eleifend sodales in et elit. Maecenas aliquam ultrices fringilla. Quisque velit sapien, tincidunt sollicitudin felis id, efficitur luctus lacus. Donec mattis velit sit amet velit interdum, sit amet auctor tellus imperdiet. Proin odio lorem, volutpat in tellus id, venenatis dictum justo. Etiam faucibus massa sed libero ullamcorper facilisis. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

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Sushi

Praesent sed nibh at elit porta malesuada a posuere ante. Donec odio sapien, semper vitae justo in, vestibulum imperdiet ipsum. Praesent aliquam tincidunt elementum. Mauris id ipsum mi. Fusce congue nibh risus, eget fringilla mi feugiat eget. Sed elementum lacus metus, ut commodo justo tristique non. Maecenas faucibus dolor et purus accumsan, vitae malesuada ligula tempor. Fusce vitae dapibus mi, in venenatis dui. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Ut luctus neque vel ipsum blandit sagittis. Suspendisse ultrices mi sit amet vulputate efficitur. Ut a tellus non leo iaculis fermentum sit amet et nisl. Donec et arcu tortor. Sed non erat placerat, condimentum nulla at, mollis lorem. Nunc efficitur pellentesque tortor, eu finibus mauris ultrices sed.

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New app

Nunc ac diam nec mauris suscipit auctor. Donec ut ultrices est, eget ultrices justo. Sed in ultrices mauris, vel bibendum orci. Proin metus augue, gravida sed dolor non, vulputate tempus dui. Proin lacinia mollis velit id dictum. Sed aliquam egestas risus, et finibus nibh tincidunt vel. Quisque ligula mauris, auctor quis egestas at, vestibulum eget felis. In aliquet, ligula ut tristique tristique, sem dui ullamcorper tortor, nec ultrices felis tortor ac ante. Aliquam viverra placerat mauris, at facilisis orci eleifend id. Curabitur a aliquet elit.

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Island

Morbi id maximus ligula. Duis tempus quis nunc facilisis rutrum. Ut ligula est, egestas non tempus ut, vulputate nec risus. Sed efficitur erat est, eu suscipit dolor varius id. Maecenas vestibulum nibh eget ornare rutrum. Vivamus ac purus a metus sodales placerat vel maximus risus. Integer ac sem blandit, elementum purus vitae, finibus orci. Praesent molestie, ligula vitae ultrices hendrerit, nulla nisl fringilla ipsum, sit amet eleifend turpis lorem quis risus. Proin congue ex orci, eu faucibus leo lacinia sed. Nulla molestie turpis felis, a vulputate enim scelerisque sit amet. Ut id tincidunt est, in congue quam.

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Isometric

Morbi id maximus ligula. Duis tempus quis nunc facilisis rutrum. Ut ligula est, egestas non tempus ut, vulputate nec risus. Sed efficitur erat est, eu suscipit dolor varius id. Maecenas vestibulum nibh eget ornare rutrum. Vivamus ac purus a metus sodales placerat vel maximus risus. Integer ac sem blandit, elementum purus vitae, finibus orci. Praesent molestie, ligula vitae ultrices hendrerit, nulla nisl fringilla ipsum, sit amet eleifend turpis lorem quis risus. Proin congue ex orci, eu faucibus leo lacinia sed. Nulla molestie turpis felis, a vulputate enim scelerisque sit amet. Ut id tincidunt est, in congue quam.

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Identity

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut sed rutrum turpis. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Mauris efficitur magna ut dui bibendum volutpat. Nullam pulvinar erat ut leo rutrum finibus. Nulla quis odio lectus. Fusce at ultrices dui, et vestibulum odio. Aliquam condimentum metus eget ex elementum rutrum. Ut et risus eget felis condimentum consectetur. Nunc augue mauris, tempor et scelerisque eu, rhoncus sed mi. In id nisl eget dui ultricies fringilla in vitae nibh. Praesent eu velit non felis mattis pretium sit amet id felis. Proin ultrices lectus felis, eget viverra sem hendrerit vitae. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Suspendisse vitae dui sagittis, semper sapien pellentesque, ultricies ligula. Etiam consequat quam vitae quam blandit, id malesuada massa tincidunt. Quisque semper metus in diam placerat, at imperdiet augue molestie. Pellentesque ac molestie lectus. Quisque malesuada magna et fermentum posuere. Sed et libero maximus, venenatis sem nec, maximus nisi. Praesent vel velit ut leo lacinia sollicitudin.

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Grid images

Fusce sagittis ultricies justo, vel semper turpis malesuada non. Nunc ac tincidunt tortor. Etiam sed condimentum tellus. Fusce hendrerit ultrices nulla, et imperdiet elit vestibulum non. Vestibulum congue massa metus, ac egestas nibh aliquam ut. Aenean eu lacus sed tellus eleifend sodales in et elit. Maecenas aliquam ultrices fringilla. Quisque velit sapien, tincidunt sollicitudin felis id, efficitur luctus lacus. Donec mattis velit sit amet velit interdum, sit amet auctor tellus imperdiet. Proin odio lorem, volutpat in tellus id, venenatis dictum justo. Etiam faucibus massa sed libero ullamcorper facilisis. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

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Slider images

Nunc vitae scelerisque ipsum, sit amet interdum ligula. Quisque suscipit felis non quam facilisis consequat. Sed in mattis turpis. Nam euismod elit in mi finibus, et vulputate lorem porttitor. Etiam neque turpis, maximus sed libero vitae, fermentum laoreet libero. Curabitur at sem vestibulum, feugiat diam eu, rhoncus arcu. Mauris quis augue finibus orci fermentum ornare sit amet eget purus. Vestibulum urna nisl, bibendum non neque ac, convallis ultrices libero. Donec tristique ultricies dolor, vel efficitur libero lacinia convallis. Nulla finibus mollis consequat. Aliquam ut interdum dolor. Vivamus eget massa eget purus ultrices sodales. Etiam tincidunt arcu id feugiat venenatis.

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Workplace

In aliquet tempor neque, sed faucibus sem rutrum ac. Vestibulum vulputate eleifend nisl, ac blandit sem egestas id. Cras vehicula lacinia turpis vel sagittis. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec mollis sapien vitae urna bibendum bibendum. Vivamus a imperdiet dui. Integer vel risus nec metus faucibus consectetur vitae at odio. Nunc in ultrices erat, a laoreet neque. Integer eu enim ligula. Integer et turpis dictum, rutrum est eu, sagittis massa.

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Silver cards

Etiam rutrum erat at sem viverra pulvinar. Nunc pharetra justo fringilla, condimentum purus facilisis, cursus est. Aenean sit amet urna vel justo blandit viverra. Duis ac felis iaculis, aliquam libero at, ultrices lorem. Nulla ut risus id turpis luctus tincidunt ac fermentum dui. Proin eget odio fringilla, tempor odio eu, ornare sapien. Phasellus congue nisl at elit facilisis mollis. Quisque lectus ante, interdum nec felis eu, tristique sagittis lorem. Donec vitae ante rutrum, tincidunt lorem eu, feugiat dui. Integer justo nisl, tristique vitae mattis quis, placerat et velit. Fusce nec metus lobortis, rutrum lectus et, pretium lorem. Nunc semper fermentum diam at tincidunt. Nunc viverra cursus nibh eu imperdiet. Etiam vestibulum placerat finibus. Duis at sagittis tortor, ut eleifend lacus. Nunc cursus elit magna, vitae euismod arcu auctor vel. Maecenas dapibus viverra velit. Inte

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Business Cards

Sed accumsan fringilla nisl, imperdiet faucibus mi porta eu. Sed pretium metus nec nunc euismod blandit. Aenean sed dui in massa tincidunt egestas ac sed turpis. Suspendisse tortor justo, interdum sit amet placerat non, bibendum non velit. Donec eu rhoncus elit, tempus cursus lorem. Nunc nisl libero, venenatis et ipsum at, auctor varius lorem. Aenean at dictum urna. Aliquam et nisl ac massa molestie iac

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Image at right

Nunc vitae scelerisque ipsum, sit amet interdum ligula. Quisque suscipit felis non quam facilisis consequat. Sed in mattis turpis. Nam euismod elit in mi finibus, et vulputate lorem porttitor. Etiam neque turpis, maximus sed libero vitae, fermentum laoreet libero. Curabitur at sem vestibulum, feugiat diam eu, rhoncus arcu. Mauris quis augue finibus orci fermentum ornare sit amet eget purus. Vestibulum urna nisl, bibendum non neque ac, convallis ultrices libero. Donec tristique ultricies dolor, vel efficitur libero lacinia convallis. Nulla finibus mollis consequat. Aliquam ut interdum dolor. Vivamus eget massa eget purus ultrices sodales. Etiam tincidunt arcu id feugiat venenatis.

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Few images at left

Nunc vitae scelerisque ipsum, sit amet interdum ligula. Quisque suscipit felis non quam facilisis consequat. Sed in mattis turpis. Nam euismod elit in mi finibus, et vulputate lorem porttitor. Etiam neque turpis, maximus sed libero vitae, fermentum laoreet libero. Curabitur at sem vestibulum, feugiat diam eu, rhoncus arcu. Mauris quis augue finibus orci fermentum ornare sit amet eget purus. Vestibulum urna nisl, bibendum non neque ac, convallis ultrices libero. Donec tristique ultricies dolor, vel efficitur libero lacinia convallis. Nulla finibus mollis consequat. Aliquam ut interdum dolor. Vivamus eget massa eget purus ultrices sodales. Etiam tincidunt arcu id feugiat venenatis.

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Image at top

Nunc vitae scelerisque ipsum, sit amet interdum ligula. Quisque suscipit felis non quam facilisis consequat. Sed in mattis turpis. Nam euismod elit in mi finibus, et vulputate lorem porttitor. Etiam neque turpis, maximus sed libero vitae, fermentum laoreet libero. Curabitur at sem vestibulum, feugiat diam eu, rhoncus arcu. Mauris quis augue finibus orci fermentum ornare sit amet eget purus. Vestibulum urna nisl, bibendum non neque ac, convallis ultrices libero. Donec tristique ultricies dolor, vel efficitur libero lacinia convallis. Nulla finibus mollis consequat. Aliquam ut interdum dolor. Vivamus eget massa eget purus ultrices sodales. Etiam tincidunt arcu id feugiat venenatis.

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Image at left

Nunc vitae scelerisque ipsum, sit amet interdum ligula. Quisque suscipit felis non quam facilisis consequat. Sed in mattis turpis. Nam euismod elit in mi finibus, et vulputate lorem porttitor. Etiam neque turpis, maximus sed libero vitae, fermentum laoreet libero. Curabitur at sem vestibulum, feugiat diam eu, rhoncus arcu. Mauris quis augue finibus orci fermentum ornare sit amet eget purus. Vestibulum urna nisl, bibendum non neque ac, convallis ultrices libero. Donec tristique ultricies dolor, vel efficitur libero lacinia convallis. Nulla finibus mollis consequat. Aliquam ut interdum dolor. Vivamus eget massa eget purus ultrices sodales. Etiam tincidunt arcu id feugiat venenatis.

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Left sidebar menu

Nam luctus dolor sed feugiat ornare. Nam scelerisque nunc lacus, vitae mollis enim posuere in. Maecenas sed tellus viverra, sodales justo ut, porta elit. Aliquam faucibus leo quis nibh tempus, sit amet vehicula felis eleifend. Vivamus a nulla tortor. Duis in justo tellus. Integer iaculis vel purus eu aliquam. Nunc ac ligula sed risus varius eleifend. Integer at metus sit amet mauris sollicitudin posuere vitae blandit odio. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Phasellus eu ligula commodo nisi tristique aliquet sed vel ante. Mauris vestibulum mi ut arcu tempus, eget venenatis enim laoreet. Sed congue tristique dignissim. Integer at nibh vel dolor elementum sagittis sit amet ac nibh. Mauris rutrum metus sed porttitor posuere.

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Wine Bottles

Etiam sit amet pharetra nunc. Suspendisse et velit vel diam dictum venenatis vitae nec turpis. Duis massa velit, porttitor quis arcu quis, consectetur tempor quam. Integer cursus vehicula tellus, et porttitor sem porttitor vitae. Cras non venenatis sapien, eu lobortis tellus. Aliquam condimentum efficitur ex, at molestie lorem venenatis vel. Donec et dictum purus, in interdum lacus. Proin at quam sit amet mauris volutpat vehicula vitae ultricies lorem. Pellentesque eget tortor blandit, bibendum turpis vitae, vulputate nunc. Fusce ut velit dignissim, malesuada massa bibendum, aliquam lacus. Pellentesque efficitur lectus a dictum dictum. Nam risus nulla, iaculis in lacinia vitae, rhoncus sit amet dolor. Nullam scelerisque augue quam, ut dictum mi gravida et. Nam convallis tortor vitae tempus vulputate.

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Full height top image

Proin feugiat non tellus eu gravida. Donec dignissim velit mi, at laoreet mi consequat sit amet. Integer nec orci risus. Praesent elementum eu eros ac pretium. Aenean laoreet ultrices est quis volutpat. Vestibulum metus lorem, dignissim a turpis nec, facilisis facilisis ipsum. Quisque orci nibh, sodales ac ullamcorper nec, congue ut turpis. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Praesent vitae semper ipsum. Curabitur eget leo a felis rutrum porta eget nec nisi. Praesent interdum purus a orci sollicitudin egestas. Fusce tristique luctus est, sit amet commodo ante mattis et. Nunc rhoncus mi mi, sit amet ullamcorper ante varius et.

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Project w/ comments

Etiam sit amet pharetra nunc. Suspendisse et velit vel diam dictum venenatis vitae nec turpis. Duis massa velit, porttitor quis arcu quis, consectetur tempor quam. Integer cursus vehicula tellus, et porttitor sem porttitor vitae. Cras non venenatis sapien, eu lobortis tellus. Aliquam condimentum efficitur ex, at molestie lorem venenatis vel. Donec et dictum purus, in interdum lacus. Proin at quam sit amet mauris volutpat vehicula vitae ultricies lorem. Pellentesque eget tortor blandit, bibendum turpis vitae, vulputate nunc. Fusce ut velit dignissim, malesuada massa bibendum, aliquam lacus. Pellentesque efficitur lectus a dictum dictum. Nam risus nulla, iaculis in lacinia vitae, rhoncus sit amet dolor. Nullam scelerisque augue quam, ut dictum mi gravida et. Nam convallis tortor vitae tempus vulputate.

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Mobile App Design

Maecenas non augue ornare, gravida nisi vel, aliquam risus. Maecenas tempor dolor rutrum nunc aliquet, a dapibus nisi aliquam. Fusce porttitor sapien eros, a faucibus diam commodo quis. Donec erat orci, condimentum vitae mollis tristique, fringilla vitae felis. Morbi ex velit, ornare et elementum ac, cursus tristique arcu. Cras porta tortor enim, ac venenatis velit molestie vel. Nunc laoreet velit at diam commodo luctus. Ut sit amet lorem at urna tristique imperdiet ac id nisl. Sed sed augue et arcu tempor semper. Aenean at volutpat justo, quis pulvinar sem. Suspendisse euismod accumsan lectus eget ullamcorper. Fusce ac mattis tellus, vitae luctus mauris. Etiam ligula lacus, mollis sed tristique ut, dignissim vitae libero.

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Eco-Bag

Vestibulum eu euismod nulla. Quisque blandit lacus non magna suscipit ultricies. Praesent laoreet imperdiet ipsum non pulvinar. Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Nulla sollicitudin ex quis nunc finibus lobortis. Nam congue, ex id sodales efficitur, lacus felis blandit magna, non lobortis ex tortor sit amet est. Vivamus eget pellentesque mi. Phasellus scelerisque diam non vulputate ullamcorper. Quisque eros nulla, tempor vel erat et, fermentum malesuada turpis. Aenean at pulvinar elit, sit amet suscipit tellus. Curabitur luctus tempus vestibulum. Donec laoreet feugiat purus ut luctus. Fusce a risus metus.

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Interior 14

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec pretium ligula augue, eu fermentum leo sollicitudin vel. Ut eget posuere metus, non venenatis ex. Maecenas at ex nec ipsum ultrices blandit ac eget diam. Pellentesque id maximus justo. Aenean dictum nisi felis, at bibendum arcu tempor non. Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 4

Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 1

Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 13

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec pretium ligula augue, eu fermentum leo sollicitudin vel. Ut eget posuere metus, non venenatis ex. Maecenas at ex nec ipsum ultrices blandit ac eget diam. Pellentesque id maximus justo. Aenean dictum nisi felis, at bibendum arcu tempor non. Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 12

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec pretium ligula augue, eu fermentum leo sollicitudin vel. Ut eget posuere metus, non venenatis ex. Maecenas at ex nec ipsum ultrices blandit ac eget diam. Pellentesque id maximus justo. Aenean dictum nisi felis, at bibendum arcu tempor non. Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 11

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec pretium ligula augue, eu fermentum leo sollicitudin vel. Ut eget posuere metus, non venenatis ex. Maecenas at ex nec ipsum ultrices blandit ac eget diam. Pellentesque id maximus justo. Aenean dictum nisi felis, at bibendum arcu tempor non. Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 10

Nam aliquet magna at auctor venenatis. Morbi in tempus urna. Phasellus consequat sit amet lectus id facilisis. Pellentesque pretium lacinia sem id fermentum. Aenean felis est, fringilla id enim quis, eleifend rhoncus eros. Nunc tincidunt elementum ante rhoncus tempus. Maecenas a tortor sem. Sed eu arcu suscipit, tempor arcu nec, sagittis enim. Nunc et mi vitae velit iaculis pharetra ac et enim. Donec consectetur arcu ut justo placerat, nec facilisis dolor tristique.

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Interior 2

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Pastor's Column: What Pastors Need to Be Talking About Right Now

In this month’s pastor’s column, Dr. Akin Adeniyi writes about what pastors need to be talking about these days. He encourages pastors to balance messages that promote salvation of souls and edification of saved souls. Dr. Adeniyi shares eight truths he believes pastors need to be reminding their congregations. And above all, that pastors should seek to talk about what Jesus would be talking about if he was physically ministering on earth right now.

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Three Hats Worn by Church/Ministry Board Members

On March 14, 2019 at our Effective Board Practices training, Carl Nelson, president and CEO of Transform Minnesota taught about three hats church and ministry board members need to wear, and the appropriate times to wear those hats for effective board involvement.

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Maintaining Healthy Board Relationships

At our March 14, 2019 Effective Board Practices training, Pat Mazorol, the board chair at Transform Minnesota, and Carl Nelson, the President and CEO at Transform Minnesota discussed how to navigate all of the relationships and various roles of board members in their church or ministry setting.

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Encountering Sexuality as the Church

Sy Rogers, world-renown Christian speaker and communicator brought a message of encouragement to Christian leaders on February 25, 2019 on how to tackle the subject of healthy sexuality and responsible stewardship of our sexual desires in the Church. Attendees left the God, Sex and the Church leadership conference inspired by Sy’s depiction of God, and His redemptive advocacy, especially in areas of sexuality.

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Minnesota Evangelicals Condemn Attack on Muslim Worshipers

We raise our voice against all kinds of religious intolerance and hatred – regardless of the particular faith of the victims.

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Inviting God into Sexual Struggles

On Sunday, February 24, 2019 over 450 people packed Substance Church’s downtown campus to hear world-renown Christian speaker Sy Rogers at the “God, Sex and Culture” evening forum. Sy Rogers spoke about the sexual brokenness and temptations of all humans. And offered an assuring message of the hope that God is our redemptive advocate when it comes to our struggles. The sanctuary was full of people from all ages and stages. Many youth leaders said they felt more equipped to tackle subjects of sexuality with their youth groups.

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Engaging Generations Through Generosity

In partnership with Thrivent Financial, we hosted two Engaging Generations Through Generosity seminars in January 2019, that took a deep dive into research Thrivent commissioned Barna Group to conduct around the generosity of self-identified Christians.

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Three Starting Principles in the Dismantling Racism Process

Dr. Ruben Rivera shared that most dismantling racism efforts stall or never get off the ground. At our first Dismantling Racism workshop, held at Mercy Vineyard Church on January 24, 2019, Dr. Rivera offered 3 principles when embarking on racial reconciliation work.

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Pastor's Column: Purity & Pre-Decision in Relationships

Pastor Terry Parkman is the NextGen Pastor at River Valley Church. He writes about the importance of tying purity to God's will when mentoring teenagers. He writes how compromising purity, loses a bit of who God created us to be. Pastor Terry writes about the importance of pre-decision in a dating relationship; deciding beforehand what one's standards are, not in the midst of lust or emotion. He shares how guarding your heart begins with giving it to the One who crafted it in the first place.

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14 Security Best Practices to Get Secure

Security best practices taught at our Get IT Secure Ministry Equip training on Jan. 16, 2019. Including five tips to block phishing attacks via email and nine tips to strengthen password security.

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Pastor's Column: God's Plan for Sexual Brokenness

Pastor Peter Haas writes a pastor's column on God's plan for sexual brokenness. He writes "all of us have sexual brokenness. Yet, God’s plan isn’t to oppress us but set us free." This blog also acts as a resource for various questions Substance Church has received about marriage and sexuality, along with Bible and research advice.

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Committed to Equipping Churches in Rural Communities

Transform Minnesota is committed to connecting and equipping church leaders in Minnesota communities; large and small. We are offering more conferences and forums geared toward churches in rural and small town communities, with plans for expanding our influence in the rural evangelical community in 2019.

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Pastor's Column: Why Small Churches Get Stuck; The 3 Changes Leaders Avoid Making

Churches of all shapes, sizes and flavors have one thing in common: they want to grow. The bigger question is: how willing are you to lead change? Growth and change are synonymous. As a ministry consultant and coach, Chad Hunt has seen many pastors sacrifice growth to keep people happy and avoid discomfort. They want results without change. Here Hunt shares three changes leaders avoid making, which can prevent church growth.

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Pastor's Column:  Tragedy of John Chau Doesn't Overshadow the Value of Missions

Woody Roland, a Transform Minnesota board member and the pastor of missions at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester wrote this Op-Ed piece for the Rochester Post Bulletin on December 11, 2018.

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Twin Cities Pastoral Panel - VIDEO

Twin Cities Pastoral Panel at An Evening with Bryan Stevenson on November 8, 2018; including Pastor Matthew St. John, Pastor Le Que Heidkamp, Pastor Edrin Williams, and Carl Nelson.

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Four Common Mistakes in Leadership Succession Planning

On November 15, 2018 Natalie Ackerman, president of Cornerstone Consulting, presented at our Succession Roadmapping training. This Succession Roadmapping training shared the importance of making sure every person in your organization is prepared to transition to a place of greater leadership and responsibility when a leader is replaced. Learn the Four Common Mistakes in Leadership Succession Planning. The top questions to ask yourself about your organization’s succession plan and the top questions to ask others when looking at their leadership potential.

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America’s Education Inequality

America’s Education Inequality-Addiction was presented by Don Samuels at the Do Justice Conference on November 8, 2018. How America's bias mentality harms the education of African Americans. The history of withholding education from African American children, and other exclusionary measures that lead to inequality in America's education system. Plus what can be done to bridge the education gap?

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Just Church, for All People

At the “Just Church” workshop on November 8, 2018, Pastor David Myles, of New Hope Church and Christopher Brooks, of MERGE Twin Cities spoke on the Biblical foundations for being a church for all peoples. How we can be committed to fulfilling the Great Commission while also leading change in places of need, where the Lord has called us. Myles opened with the Biblical Mandate of why we are doing this for all people and Brooks finished with specific strategies for realizing this mandate.

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What It Means to "Be In Christ"

Dr. Kenneth Young presented a compelling workshop called “What it Means to “Be In Christ” at the Do Justice Conference on November 8, 2018. Dr. Young is a systematic theologian at UNWSP. The workshop took an anthropological and sociological approach to looking at how the body of Christ is made up, and what it looks like when it is functioning for all people.

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White Supremacy Distorted the Biblical Narrative

Dr. Karen McKinney, Biblical Studies professor at Bethel University taught the workshop “White Supremacy Distorted the Biblical Narrative” at the Do Justice Conference on November 8, 2018. She taught how the Anglo-Saxon Myth was born and how it impacted America's grand narrative. Dr. McKinney dug deep into four Biblical distortions used to propagate white supremacy ideology, and the construction of Whiteness. And offered actions steps for the oppressors and the oppressed.

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Do Justice Conference with Bryan Stevenson

Fifteen-hundred people from Minnesota’s faith communities attended the Do Justice Conference with Bryan Stevenson on November 8, 2018, and An Evening with Bryan Stevenson later that evening. Stevenson is an acclaimed civil rights attorney, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy. He gave two addresses to a packed sanctuary at Christ Presbyterian Church on the need for Americans to pursue racial justice and reconciliation in our country. Stevenson encouraged the Church to work to change the narratives of our society and to stay hopeful, while challenging people of faith to position themselves in inconvenient and uncomfortable places.

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Pastor's Column: Geyser of Women's Voices

Like a geyser of water finally breaking through the surface, suppressed for a variety of reasons, are the stories from brave women who have in some cases risked a lot to share their stories. Women need spaces where their voices are honored. We are all better and stronger when a variety of voices are invited to the table and honored. It helps us understand one another. To learn from one another. To step outside of ourselves and experience another’s story. To move forward in unity and love. To truly be the body of Christ.

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Slow Your Scroll: Effective Social Media Strategies

In October of 2018, Dr. Brian Stewart, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at North Central University, presented on four ways to effectively use social media to engage others at our Slow Your Scroll training including: building effective facebook ads, utilizing facebook analytics, and creating valuable facebook content.

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What It Means to Be Pro-Abundant Life

On October 4, 2018 our fourth Transform Ideas forum looked into how Christians can be pro-abundant life, rather than just anti-abortion. Our inspiring panel of speakers challenged the audience to seek the goal of working toward a healthy flourishing society, as we aim to have a consistent pro-life witness. Plus how seeking value and dignity in the unborn and already born means we should advocate for foster care and affordable housing.

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Pastor's Column: Empowering Women to Use Their Gifts & Serve the Church

Ten tips to consider as a springboard for conversations in your church on how to promote healthier relationships among men and women. Pastor Amy Rowell, the Community Life Pastor at City Church in Minneapolis longs to see the Church reflecting an accurate image of who God is by how we relate with one another as men and women. Read how we can empower our sisters in Christ to use their gifts in whatever capacity they can to serve the Church.

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Transform Ideas: Holistic Pro-Life - VIDEO

On October 4, 2018 our fourth Transform Ideas forum looked into how Christians can be pro-abundant life, rather than just anti-abortion. Our inspiring panel of speakers challenged the audience to seek the goal of working toward a healthy flourishing society, as we aim to have a consistent pro-life witness. Plus how seeking value and dignity in the unborn and already born means we should advocate for foster care and affordable housing.

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Reexamining Sexuality as a Gift from God

Before we could start reexamining sexuality, we examined the value of having a healthy view of God: as the creator of sex, desire, gender, mind, body and spirit. Next, we focused on reexamining our views of ourselves and others as image bearers of God. Finally, we embraced God’s good design for having a healthy view of sexuality and of being sexual and spiritual beings. Transform Minnesota believes in the power of diving into the complex issues surrounding sexuality in today’s society. It is only through having a healthy view of God, ourselves and others that our society can hold a healthy view and experience of sex.

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Keeping Quality Staff Happy: 3 Elements to Employee Retention

The 3 elements to employee retention that will keep employees satisfied, engaged and loyal. When managers at non-profit organizations and churches think about how to retain quality employees, their main complaint is they don’t have the funding to increase pay. But when people are asked why they do what they do – pay is NOT at the top of the list.

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Transform Ideas Expands to St. Cloud and Rochester, with Mental Health Forum

Transform Minnesota is thrilled to expand the reach of Transform Ideas across the state by bringing our thoughtful and engaging public forum to St. Cloud and Rochester. Nearly 300 people from the St. Cloud area attended the first Transform Ideas St. Cloud on September 25 at Calvary Community Church; the topic was mental health and the church. We are excited to announce we are also bringing Transform Ideas: Awakening the Church to Mental Health to Rochester on November 29th at Rochester Covenant Church. Read a full recap of Transform Ideas St. Cloud, plus a compilation of resources and referrals.

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Transform Ideas: Awakening the Church to Mental Health - VIDEO

Transform Ideas: Awakening the Church to Mental Health on September 29, 2018 offered a diverse line-up of speakers with a wide variety of perspectives; from the clinical to the personal and the spiritual.

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Pastor's Column: Were the Three Hebrew Boys Wrong?

Rev. David Myles writes about the story of the three Hebrew boys (in Daniel 3) standing up to what they considered wrong in the face of the nationalistic, popular beliefs and practices. Rev. Myles likens the Hebrew boys' refusal to bow and worship the golden image King Nebuchadnezzar set up, to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. In the future, under a new national leader, Rev. Myles warns it could be Christians' religious fidelity and liberty that is being challenged based on similar arguments. "Is it possible that what you are supporting today will be used against you in the future in a similar or same manner?" "It might not only be kneeling in protest, but also kneeling in prayer that will be called into question," Rev. Myles argues.

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Pastor’s Column: Prison Chaplain, Path to Restoration

Rev. Rick Chilton reveals, behind the barbed wire, the inside of God’s glorious model of prison restoration. Rev. Chilton is a high risk Minnesota Prison Chaplain working with the incarcerated Federal, State and local community focused on spiritual restoration with achieving a sustained, self-sufficient, grace-filled transition back into society.

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The Divine Dance of Spirituality and Sexuality

On Thursday August 23rd, 2018 we launched our fall “Reexamining Sexuality” workshop series with teachings on reexamining our view of God (Imago Dei). In the first (of three) workshop session, Becky Patton lays the foundation for the interwoven nature of spirituality and sexuality.

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School & Church Partners, a Match Made in Heaven

The school is the hub of any community. This Back to School season, many Minnesota churches are partnering with local school districts to meet the needs of their neighbors. Read about the ways these churches and local organizations are showing the love of Jesus through serving their schools. And find out ways your church can experience the vibrant people and cultures of its community, by stepping inside its local schools.

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Welcoming the Stranger; a Biblical Perspective on Immmigration

On August 2, 2018 Arrive Ministries, the refugee resettlement affiliate of Transform Minnesota hosted a seminar called “Welcoming the Stranger." More than 350 people heard a message of compassion and justice for immigrants and refugees shared by Matthew Soerens, co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger.” When Jesus was asked “Who are my neighbors?” Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus’ answer is still instructing the American Church on how we should respond to foreigners. In today's culture, when answering who are our neighbors, Soerens teaches us that the Bible instructs us to love and have compassion on refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers.

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Pastor's Column: Hospital Chaplain

Rev. Nicole Smith serves as a Chaplain at Hennepin County Medical Center - a level 1 trauma hospital. She shares about the powerful role of silence and listening when visiting patients in the hospital. And in a beautiful poem, Rev. Smith writes about the healing power of tears.

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Pastor's Column: Army National Guard Chaplain

Lt. Col. Philip Winn Jr. serves as Chaplain for the Minnesota Army National Guard. He writes about the unique places he has conducted worship services, and the ways he takes God's presence with him when ministering to our armed forces. Chaplain Winn shares the importance of caring for the religious, spiritual, ethical and moral needs of our country's Soldiers and families.

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Pastor's Column: Senior Facilities Chaplain

Rev. Judy Marks is a Chaplain at Senior Facilities across the Twin Cities. She leads a ministry that advocates for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of senior citizens. Judy shares why Christians can't neglect our senior citizens, and how we can show Christ's love through a ministry of presence.

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Pastor's Column: Marketplace Chaplain

Sam Raia is a Chaplain Coach for Marketplace Chaplains' Midwest division. He writes about how marketplace chaplains can dramatically impact the lives of employees in America’s work places.

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Pastor's Column: Deb Eigen, Corporate Chaplain at Aagard

What is a Corporate Chaplain? Deb Eigen shares about her ministry in a marketplace setting and how she aims to build up each employee at Aagard Corporation through encouragement, emotional care, prayer, and resources.

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Pastor's Column: Rev. Amy Luukkonen, Women's Prison Chaplain

Rev. Amy Luukkonen serves as a Chaplain in the Shakopee Women's Correctional Facility. Here she writes about doing ministry in such a confining environment, and how she's found a humble acceptance that God is working to create a sacred space even amidst all of the boundaries of prison.

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Pastor’s Column: Bruce Talso, Police Chaplain

Pastor Bruce Talso is a volunteer Police Chaplain for the Brooklyn Park and Champlin Police Departments. He writes of his role as a chaplain to meet the needs of grieving family members while helping them process traumatic experiences. He also ministers to the police officers in their service to the community.

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Help Move Plans to Actions: 5 Areas Pastors Can’t Ignore

Good planning is only part of moving a church forward, plans have to be executed. A lead pastor must keep a finger on the pulse of the church to ensure movement is happening. In larger churches, this can be delegated through staff; in smaller churches, the pastor typically has to be that point person to keep things progressing. Read five areas that require leadership and attention from the lead pastor to help move plans to action.

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Pastor's Column: Reflections on Jeff Sessions and Romans 13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' comments regarding immigrant families, and his citation of Romans 13:1 as the basis for obedience to the laws of the State, represent a deep misunderstanding and misapplication of the relationship between the Church and the State that is consistent with the misunderstanding of Romans 13 that has long plagued the Church. The Christendom interpretation of Romans 13 has warped our view of the relationship between the Church and State. The New Testament shows little interest in proper statecraft; rather, the New Testament shows concern for how the Church will witness to Christ. As a Church in these challenging times, we are going to need a much deeper and more reflective understanding of the many ways we have been made a pawn of East of Eden powers, and untangle ourselves from these misunderstandings that have done so much damage to our witness, and to our ability to live out the heart of God in the world.

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The One Thing to Consider when Dealing with People

Dr. Jeanine Parolini taught about emotional intelligence at the EQ Ministry Equip training on May 31, 2018. Parolini taught on the one thing to consider when dealing with people, and highlighted the importance of recognizing that most humans instinctively react out of our insecurities. She shared the importance of participating in a 3-phase movement of surrender to God, rather than reacting out of insecurity.

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Two Steps to Creating a Workplace with Fully Engaged People

At our EQ Ministry Equip training on May 31, 2018, Dr. Parolini taught organizations, churches and business leaders the importance of recognizing that each employee brings their whole heart into the workplace. "If they check a part of themselves at the door, they don’t fully engage in the workplace,” said Dr. Jeanine Parolini. Plus the role of safety and trust in workplace relationships.

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Sankofa Reflection 2018: Dr. Greg Boyd, Woodland Hills Church

Dr. Greg Boyd’s reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Dr. Boyd is the Senior Pastor at Woodland Hills Church. Here he writes about his initial reluctance to going on this group journey, and yet how hearing the stories of the African-American brothers and sisters journeying with him had a profound impact on him. Dr. Boyd shares how this experiential and relational journey to slavery and Civil Rights landmarks devastated him, hurt him and changed him.

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Rethinking Incarceration

More than 350 people showed up to the afternoon and evening Rethinking Incarceration forums in May of 2018 to learn how Christians can help create a more restorative justice system. Dominique Gilliard taught about America’s history from slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration – a criminal justice system built on racial and social control. Gilliard urged the Church to harness their collective power and belief in the dignity of vulnerable people, and to advocate for the least of these by helping to transform the criminal justice system.

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Evangelicalism: Shared-Faith in Broad Diversity

Many people try to understand and communicate evangelical identity and diversity. The National Association of Evangelicals has created a brief statement that we hope will serve as a useful tool for you and your place of ministry.

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Sankofa Reflection 2018: Kenya Mejia, Urban Refuge Church

Kenya Mejia's reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Kenya Mejia is on staff at The Urban Refuge Church in Minneapolis. Here she writes about being inspired by the brave Civil Rights workers who fought for equal rights, and as a woman of color, how their struggle bolstered her sense of identity and self-worth.

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Sankofa Reflection 2018: Pastor David Lenz, Hope Church

Pastor David Lenz's reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. David Lenz is the Lead Pastor at Hope Church in Richfield. Here he writes about the intensity of feelings he experienced on Sankofa 2018: ranging from grief and anger to bewilderment. Acknowledging that by facing our country's past he came face to face with pure evil; and yet believing that facing the past is the only way we can move forward, together.

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Sankofa 2018: An Exhausting, Rewarding Journey

Our second Sankofa journey took 28 Twin Cities multi-ethnic pastors to learn about civil rights and racial reconciliation the first week of May. It was an exhausting yet rewarding journey together, travelling through the South, visiting important sites of the Civil Rights era. As we grappled with past and present realities of racism, each stop forced us to bear witness to our country’s tragic history of racial terrorism. This powerful journey forever changed us, humbled us, grieved us, yet left us grateful and hopeful in the unity of the body of Christ.

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Sankofa Reflection 2018: Gail Gisi, Union Gospel Mission

Gail Gisi's reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Gail is the Director of Adult Education and Training at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. Here she writes about the way the “lens” of her mind and heart was adjusted in just four days, and the many lessons she learned while traveling with this team.

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Sankofa Reflection 2018: Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards, Sanctuary Covenant Church

Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards' reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Dr. Edwards is the Senior Pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church. Here he writes about the questions and feelings that arose in him after seeing a lynching memorial listing names from Laurens County, SC - where his mother was raised.

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Dos and Don'ts for Churches Addressing Mental Illness

Dos and Don'ts List for Churches Addressing Mental Illness. Dos and Don'ts List Created by Sarah Gross with Nystrom and Associates

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Awakening the Church to Mental Health

Nearly 400 people attended Transform Ideas: Awakening the Church to Mental Health at Hope Community Church on April 19, 2018. With a diverse line-up of speakers, this public forum offered a wide variety of perspectives; from the clinical to the personal and the spiritual. A mother shared about her son’s mental illness, and how the Church can better support her son. A high school guidance counselor spoke on the increasing rates of anxiety and depression among teenagers. A clinical social worker shared a powerful list of “Dos and Don’ts” for the Church; urging Christians to stop judging people with mental illness.

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Christian Counselors Referral List

Christian Counselors Referral List

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7 Ideas on How to Become a Multi-Cultural Church

If your church is striving to be a multi-cultural church, here's a great place to start: 7 ways to reach different people groups. In Acts, Jesus commands us to make disciples of people, including people of a different ethnicity that live within our communities.

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Pastor’s Column: Reflecting on Dramatic Growth and Evangelism

Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN was included as #10 among the fastest growing churches in the country, according to Outreach Magazine. Pastor Brent Birdsall says he cannot point to a strategic plan, specific program nor evangelistic effort to credit the growth. But, here he shares three observations he’s noticed while reflecting on Berean’s stewardship of that growth.

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3 Rules for Social Media Engagement

On March 20, 2018 Dr. Brian Stewart and Dean Bill Tibbetts of North Central University's School of Business taught our Ministry Equip seminar on "Strategic Social Media." In our ever evolving social media landscape, this seminar taught effective social media marketing tools for faith-based non-profits, including 3 rules for social media engagement.

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4 Questions to Ask Ourselves Before We Start Doing Anti-Trafficking Justice Work:

4 Questions to Ask Ourselves Before We Start Doing Anti-Trafficking Justice Work. This list was presented by Sgt. Grant Snyder, of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Human Trafficking task force at our Anti-Trafficking: Post-Game Plan Breakfast on March 5, 2018.

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Grow Conference 2018 Keynote Addresses - AUDIO

Rev. Kevin Kompelien, President of the Evangelical Free Church of America delivered the Opening and Closing Keynote Addresses, titled "Entrusted with the Gospel"at the Grow Conference on March 3, 2018.

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Entrusted with the Gospel in Rural and Small Towns

275 rural pastors attended the Grow Conference in Willmar, MN on March 3, 2018, hailing from a span of 800 miles across the Midwest. The Grow! Conference was led by a diverse array of denominations, church leaders, and speakers which evoked a unifying spirit in Christ. With a focus on the unique rural experience and how to whole-heartedly embrace the place God has called them, participants said the content was invaluable. Through Grow! we aim to encourage rural church leaders that God is with them and He will give them what they need to share His love and message to their small town.

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Assessing How to Best Help in Anti-Trafficking Efforts

“Typically people want to engage this trafficking problem in a really visibly meaningful way. They want to give themselves something to assess, report, measure, like recovering victims or mentoring victims. The problem with that thinking is that it generally means people want to be involved in the knee-deep place of pulling victims out of sex trafficking. Think about how impractical most of that work is for the majority of people," said Sgt. Grant Snyder of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Human Trafficking task force. Sgt. Snyder shared some assessment tools in how to best help in anti-trafficking efforts, including the importance of prayer and prevention work.

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Pastor's Column: Evangelism in the Hmong Community

Rev. Chong Yang of St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church gives us an in-depth look at evangelism in the Hmong community, starting with a basic understanding of the ancient cultural beliefs of shamans (witch doctors) and sorcerers. Rev. Yang shares how spiritual encounters and attacks are common in the Hmong community (Christians and non-Christians alike). And how Hmong churches need to have a strong foundation in the work of the Holy Spirit and His empowerment of healing, deliverance, and spiritual warfare, in order to share the Gospel to Hmong people.

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Mourning and Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Rev. Billy Graham in Minnesota

We mourn the loss of Rev. Billy Graham while we celebrate his legacy and great influence in spreading the message and hope of Jesus Christ all over the world, especially right here in Minnesota. Graham was monumental in shaping the evangelical landscape of Minnesota through launching a Christian radio station, leading a local Christian University, founding the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association - long headquartered in Minneapolis, and leading four life-changing crusades in the Twin Cities. Rev. Graham's preaching about Christ’s free gift of salvation will continue to be spread for generations to come. We, at Transform Minnesota, are grateful for the life of Rev. Billy Graham, for his leadership, vision, faith and most importantly love of Jesus and others that he so freely shared with the world.

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The Church Must Continue Anti-Trafficking Work After the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has come and gone. Unfortunately, so has much of the hype surrounding anti-trafficking efforts in our community. So, we at Transform Minnesota are calling on churches and faith leaders to continue in the fight against sex trafficking in our communities. By harnessing the momentum of the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, we hope churches will launch this anti-trafficking movement forward, to have long-term impact on the lives of rescued victims, and in the restoration of local perpetrators.

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Pastor's Column: Evangelizing in an Under-Resourced Community

Pastor Jordan Borer Nelson, of Shiloh Temple International Ministries shares how he leads weekly evangelism efforts in North Minneapolis. The community is one of the poorest communities in Minneapolis. But he says Shiloh is blessed to welcome those who have been delivered from drugs and gangs, and those who struggle with poverty, lack of education and lack of proper resources. Find our how Pastor Jordan models the church's evangelism efforts after Jesus.

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Pastor's Column: Why We Need to Tackle Mental Health in the Church

At Transform Minnesota, we believe the Church needs to tackle mental health. Our Spring 2018 Transform Ideas forum is focusing on the Church’s response to mental health. This is a personal testimony from Pastor Ned Eerdmans of CrossRoads Church in Fergus Falls. With strength and vulnerability, Pastor Ned shares his story of battling severe anxiety that crippled him, his marriage and his identity. How he found help and hope in his diagnosis through treatment, honesty and prayer.

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Top Evangelical Leaders Urge Action to Help Dreamers, Refugees, Persecuted Christians & Immigrant Families

We are proud Carl Nelson, President of Transform Minnesota joins 1,200 church leaders from all 50 states in sending this letter to President Donald J. Trump and Members of Congress urging action to help vulnerable immigrants and to stand with refugees. This letter was published on the back page of the Washington Post's front section.

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Preparing Your Church for a Security Crisis

On January 24, 2018, a Crisis and Security Summit was held by AM 980 The Mission in Bloomington. This event was designed to help churches assess if they are prepared in the event of a crisis. Learn the warning signals before an act of violence is committed, how to protect your organization from a cyber attack, how to take advantage of current notification infrastructures during emergency situations, and ways to protect your organization from the increasing trend of mass shootings.

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Pastor’s Column: Evangelism Through Community, Coffee and Badminton

For our Pastor's Column series on evangelism, Pastor Brian Gingrich of Hillside Church in Bloomington writes about how community is inextricably related to their evangelistic endeavors; how a context is created that is both nonthreatening and mutually interesting. Find out how coffee and badminton have cultivated a culture of outreach and authentic relationship-building. And Pastor Brian shares some important lessons he's learned about evangelism and Millennials.

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30,000 Baptists To Descend Upon Minneapolis for Historically Black Convention

The largest predominantly African American denomination in the U.S. is bringing upwards of 30,000 people to Minneapolis over Labor Day week 2018 for their Annual Session, to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Organizers say expect the cities to be swarming labor day weekend as delegates arrive early to shop and site-see. The convention’s presence will be felt across the entire city of Minneapolis, with plans to do evangelism, crime prevention, employment outreach, and opportunities to serve the homeless. The week will offer high energy praise and worship with reputable speakers. The general public is invited to attend the National Baptist Convention, USA Annual Session.

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The Thriving Rural Church

While the vast majority of America’s land space is rural and a surprising number of ministry leaders in America have “served time” in rural churches, knowledge, vision and leadership for rural ministry is often overlooked in light of the need to reach the densely populated urban centers and suburban communities. The realities of poverty and isolation are closer to the truth of what the average small town community experiences today. Read more about how to grow and sustain a thriving rural church, and learn about a unique ministry opportunity, the Grow! Leadership Conference coming to Willmar, MN in March, 2018.

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Pastor's Column: Dreams for the Church - 2017 Milestones

Carl Nelson shares why in a world filled with human suffering and more and more tragedies, he has growing hope in the Church.

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Pastor's Column: Damascus Way Reentry Center

Minnesota has over 10,000 men and women living in our state prisons and another 111,000 living in our communities on Supervised Release or Probation. This is the harvest field into which Damascus Way has been sent. 

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Loving Our Somali Neighbor

On October 28, 2017, Calvary Community church in St. Cloud hosted a one-day conference on how the church can better engage and love our Somali neighbors. The event was a collaborative effort between Transform Minnesota, Arrive Ministries, and the St. Cloud Evangelical Network for Transformation (SENT Network). Through various panel discussions and seminars, those present heard from a wide variety of individuals involved.

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Church Security - We Can't Be Naive

Church leaders are double checking their security plans. Besides learning from other churches and seeking advice from law enforcement, many church insurers will help their clients create plans.

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Stay Out of Hot Water

At our Ministry Equip training on November 9, 2017, attorney Julie Fisk shared her insights on how to best approach staff concerns or disciplinary issues within a non-profit faith based ministry. To help encourage healthy organizational accountability and growth, Fisk shared with local faith-based non-profit leadership shared some of the most effective strategies for managing and documenting the employee discipline process. She highlighted honesty, communication and intentional feedback, equipping those present to invest in lawful awareness and "keep your legal ducks in a row."

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Grow! Leadership Conference 2018 Announced

On March 11, 2017 the first leadership conference for rural and small town churches called Grow! was held at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield, MN. Over 300 pastors and ministry leaders from across the Midwest joined together in fellowship and learning the strategic significance of their ministry in rural communities. We are excited to announce that the 2nd annual Grow! Conference will be held on March 3, 2018 at Willmar Assembly of God Church.

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Daring Generosity

On October 5, 2017, Transform Minnesota hosted 'Daring Generosity': a pastor's luncheon at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Designed to help churches establish a culture of generosity President of Transform Minnesota: Carl Nelson, CEO of Thrivent Financial: Brad Hewitt, and Lead Pastor at River Valley Church, Rob Ketterling, joined in presentation on the heart and spirit behind giving.

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Pastor's Column: More than Conquerors through Christ

For a post-abortive woman, simply hearing the word ‘abortion’ in church can be unnerving. However, not hearing abortion discussed in church can also create shame, further stigmatizing and validating a desire to keep a past abortion hidden rather than to seek healing. In a recent study, forty-three percent of women were regularly attending a church at the time of their abortion. This puts the Church in a difficult situation. How is the Church called to talk about the sanctity of human life, without ostracizing and further condemning the men and women who have been through an abortion experience?

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Scripture, Science and Biblical Responsibility

On September 28, 2017 our second Transform Ideas forum focused on considering our biblical responsibility to care for the poor and vulnerable who often suffer the most from weather extremes. Over 220 people from the Metro and St. Cloud area attended to learn how they might become better stewards of creation, be equipped as thoughtful citizens of the Kingdom, and love their brothers and sisters in need around the world.

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Pray For Las Vegas

Carl Nelson writes, "Prayer seems inadequate. But that's how Christians instinctively respond to a Father who loves us."

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Transform Ideas: Creation Care - AUDIO

On September 28, 2017, Transform Ideas: Creation Care explored the effects of a changing environment on resources and vulnerable populations. The focus was to consider our biblical responsibility to care for the poor and vulnerable who often suffer the most from weather extremes. Over 220 from the Metro and St. Cloud area attended to learn how they might become better stewards of creation, be equipped as thoughtful citizens of the Kingdom, and love their brothers and sisters in need around the world.

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Explanation of Our Support for Refugees

While we have seen a lot of support for refugees from evangelical grassroots and national leaders in recent months, others are asking important questions about the safety of refugees coming to America. We encourage you to use the following information to talk with fellow Christians about the real fears that some people have. It's important to our Gospel witness that Christians are seen as people motivated by the Bible and credible information.

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Pastor's Column: How the Church Can Respond to the Nations at Our Doorsteps

How the Church Can Respond to the Nations at Our Doorsteps? “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner among you must be treated as your native-born.” (Lev. 19:33) Arrive Ministries Executive Director Bob Oehrig offers some loving ways of how individual Christ-followers and our congregations can respond to our new neighbors, as such groups as Burmese, Iraqis, Ethiopians, Nepalese, Somalis and Liberians now join our children in schools and in our communities. Oehrig also shares practical examples of how Churches can partner with Arrive Ministries' programs to reach out with friendship and practical service, as we follow Jesus' command to “love the stranger."

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Restorative Worship Gathering

On September 10, 2017 Bishop Richard Howell Jr., of Shiloh Temple International Ministries and Pastor Matthew St. John of New Hope Church hosted ‘Harmony: An Evening of Restorative Worship’ at Shiloh. The intent in gathering was both to highlight the previous 2017 Sankofa Journey in February and the fruit that has since developed. This week, eighteen pastors from the trip gathered with members of the community for an evening of fellowship, unity, and a shared joy in the Lord.

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Pastor's Column: Harvey - A Storm Like No Other

What we witnessed with Hurricane Harvey is a new breed of storm altogether. It was the most extreme rainfall event ever observed in the United States, that may prove to be the costliest natural disaster in our nation’s history. Meteorologist and Evangelical Environmental Network Board Chair Paul Douglas writes about the compelling evidence that the warming climate we’re experiencing could be turning up the volume of weather extremes. The pain, disruption and dislocation of a rapidly-changing climate will be felt most by the world’s poor. Douglas appeals to Christians to acknowledge our new climate reality as we have a spiritual obligation to pay attention and to care for the least of these. Hear more from Paul Douglas at Transform Ideas: Creation Care on Thursday, September 28 (7-9pm) at Elim Church, Minneapolis.

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Pastor's Column: The State of the Church in Minnesota

In recent months I’ve had the opportunity to hear directly from leaders in churches about life in ministry. I’ve hosted listening sessions with small groups of diverse church leaders, I’ve been a part of conference planning teams and retreats with pastors from rural communities and cities across our state, and I’ve traveled with 30 pastors on a 4-day civil rights pilgrimage. As we interact with and serve leaders in our evangelical network, I am heartened to know personally the many leaders who make up our evangelical network in Minnesota. These Godly pastors have hearts that ooze with compassion for people who need Jesus, and they accurately recognize that Christians must emphasize our identity in Christ and unity of the Body to bridge societal divisions.

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Evangelical Christians Denounce Bloomington Mosque Attack

As evangelical Christians in Minnesota we denounce the attack on Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Bloomington and pray that the perpetrator will be quickly found and brought to justice. When one place of worship is attacked, all of our houses of worship are threatened. And so as evangelical Christians we stand with Minnesota Muslims to denounce this attack.

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Help Anti-Trafficking Efforts, Make Your Church a Place of Restoration

On July 19, 2017 Transform Minnesota hosted 140 people at Wooddale Church for a seminar called “Uncovering Hidden Shame,” offering resources and expertise on the slippery slope of sin that leads to prostitution, the spiritual dimension of treating sexual addiction, and why evangelical Christians need to develop a theology of healthy sexuality in church. As many churches work to ramp up anti-trafficking efforts, make your church a place of restoration and redemption. We believe churches should resource and help restore men and women involved in sexual addiction, prostitution and pornography.

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Pastor's Column: How Generosity Helps Make Us Wise with Money

In the third Pastor’s Column in our Generosity Series, Brad Hewitt, the CEO of Thrivent writes about how generosity helps make us wise with money. He shares the importance of making acts of financial generosity as a way of imitating God, who gave us all. Read more about how a healthy relationship with money is part of the abundant, surplus, full life Jesus promised his followers.

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Transform Minnesota Launches Generosity Initiative with Thrivent

Transform Minnesota is launching its generosity initiative to help build healthy churches across the state. We are happy to announce Thrivent as our official generosity partner. Our two organizations are collaborating around generosity, by hosting an Evangelical Leaders Forum on October 5, 2017 called, “Daring Generosity.” This free pastors’ luncheon will be held at Grace Church and will equip pastors and lay leaders in how to dare your church to be generous; while gaining tools to help church bodies experience the health of abundant generosity.

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Pastor's Column: A Harvest of Generosity

In the second Pastor’s Column in our Generosity Series, Pastor Rod Carlson, Senior Pastor at Oak Hills Church in Eagan writes about similarities shared by churches that are the most generous. He shares a lesson he learned about what our giving reveals about our beliefs in the abundance of God or our fear of scarcity. Read more about how trusting in the Lord's generosity has allowed Oak Hills to bless missionaries, their community and their congregation.

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Churches Tackling Foster Care Crisis, Caring for Vulnerable Children

There is a growing movement within the local Christian Church for families to support foster care and love on vulnerable children. In large part, the trend is due to a growing realization that there are modern-day orphans living in Minnesota. Many advocates for vulnerable children in the Christian community believe the Church finally is heeding its call to care for orphans, by attempting to care for the 1,700 Minnesota children who are wards of the state. Read how some churches and faith-based organizations are working to tackle Minnesota's foster care crisis. Plus resources on how best to respond to this growing need.

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Pastor's Column: The Power of Generosity

Kicking off the first of our Pastor's Column Generosity Series, Pastor Bill Goodwin of Lighthouse Christian Church in Rosemount shares about the power of being generous, and how to get over the fears that hold us back from being more generous. Pastor Goodwin outlines Abram’s model of generosity, and challenges us to answer if we believe we are a good investment in God’s Kingdom.

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Christian, Muslim Effort Leads to Minnesota’s Largest Food Pack

The hard-working hands of more than 19,000 volunteers packed meals for four-days leading to the most meals ever packed at one time in the state of Minnesota. Nearly 5 million meals are being shipped to the famine and drought impacted land of Somalia, due to a joint-faith effort between Christians and Muslims that was dreamed up and executed in just eight short-weeks. Together the group named, “Love Somalia,” inspired tens of thousands of volunteers to descend on the St. Paul River Centre from June 2-5, 2017.

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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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Responding to Officer Yanez Trial

There is no earthly justice that will bring back the life of Philando Castille. The world seeks justice as best it can, but even the world’s justice can’t turn back the clock and bring Castile back to life, or allow Officer Jeronimo Yanez to double check his instinctive reaction.

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Transform Ideas: The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony - AUDIO

Our first Transform Ideas forum was The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony held on April 27, 2017 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.

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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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The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony

In April, 2017 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 27, 2017 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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Design for Non-Designers

On April 19, 2017 at our “Design for Non-Designers” training, 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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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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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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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." 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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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 (www.revistasalyluz.com).

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Inaugural Rural and Small Town Conference Encourages 300 Midwest Ministry Leaders

On March 11, 2017 a leadership conference for rural and small town churches called Grow! was held at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield, MN. Over 300 pastors and ministry leaders from across the Midwest attended the inaugural conference designed to provide church leaders information on how to minister effectively, encourage them to see their unique role in God's plan, and help them take the steps that can impact their world for all of eternity. Included is a Q & A with some Grow Conference participants engaged in rural ministry in the Midwest.

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Sankofa Reflection 2017: Rev. Dr. Charles L. Gill, Pilgrim Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Charles Gill reflects on his experience on the Sankofa journey, and how this trip violated the sanctity of his safe space. He writes about the residue of pain, humiliation, and shame in the African American experience, that he found he cannot wash off. And how as the trip progressed, Rev. Gill found many of those emotions began to leak out from under the locked door of his soul. Read what Rev. Gill is doing and what he desires for next steps as a result of this trip. In February, 30 Twin Cities Pastors went on a Journey to Harmony, touring Civil Rights Sites in the South. A handful of these participants wrote up their reflections to share with the Body of Christ in Minnesota.

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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.

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A Prophetic Call to Welcome the Refugee

As we seek to understand how Christians are called to welcome the alien in our midst at our March 2, 2017 Standing with Refugees event; be confident in our country’s screening process, knowing that refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of anybody who travels to the United States. But also put your confidence in God’s calling on our lives to remember our ancestors who were once foreigners (found as the Hebrew word GER in the Old Testament), and to show hospitality to the stranger (hospitality is a Greek compound word of phileo and xenia, meaning love of stranger found in the New Testament).

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Sankofa Reflection 2017: Pastor Kevin Walton, Bethany Baptist Church

Read Pastor Kevin Walton of Bethany Baptist Church's experience as he confronts the horrific past and misery inflicted on African Americans by American white society, and the struggles he had identifying as a white man, as a participant and beneficiary of a historically unjust society. Yet, Pastor Walton explains how he was encouraged by how God sustained His people in the face of evil, and the healing and transformative reconciliation offered at the cross of Christ. In February, 2017 30 Twin Cities Pastors went on a Journey to Harmony, touring Civil Rights Sites in the South. A handful of these participants wrote up their reflections to share with the Body of Christ in Minnesota.

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Insanity of God Authors Equip Those in Cross-Cultural Ministry

Nik and Ruth Ripken wowed 165 attendees at Transform Minnesota’s February Insanity of God conference. The sold-out 2-day conference at Celebration Church, Lakeville equipped those in cross-cultural ministry, by emphasizing the call of suffering on the mission field, whether in a participants’ own community or overseas in a persecuted region. Through their extensive travels, the Ripkens have absorbed invaluable lessons from over 600 believers in persecuted situations. Much of what they shared at the conference was communicated from the lessons the Ripkens gleaned from their work with the persecuted church. Read what some participants said about the powerful, practical, Biblical and affirming lessons taught by the Ripkens.

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Sankofa Reflection 2017: Ashley Barnd, Evergreen Church - Bloomington

Read Ashley Barnd's experience on this Journey to Harmony as a biracial women who is in ministry in Bloomington with her husband. Ashley writes on having a deep visceral connection with the people who came before her and how they inspire her to keep pressing ahead regardless of the enormity of the task. In February, 30 Twin Cities Pastors went on a Journey to Harmony, touring Civil Rights Sites in the South. A handful of these participants wrote up their reflections to share with the Body of Christ in Minnesota.

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Sankofa Reflection 2017: Pastor Andrew Gross, Bethel Twin Cities

Read Pastor Andrew Gross' experience on Journey to Harmony of being undone and put back together on this pilgrimage. And how he tried to humbly open his hands and invite God to help him learn and absorb whatever it was God desired for him. In February, 30 Twin Cities Pastors went on a Journey to Harmony, touring Civil Rights Sites in the South. A handful of these participants wrote up their reflections to share with the Body of Christ in Minnesota.

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Sankofa Reflection 2017: Pastor John Sommerville, City Church

Read Pastor John Sommerville's experience on Journey to Harmony of being humbled by courage, humbled by shame, and finding hope in the grace of God that empowers us to work for harmony within the Church. This journey offered Pastor John the opportunity to learn, understand, mourn, repent and pray, as we ask God to help build bridges and speak up for healing and harmony within the church. In February, 30 Twin Cities Pastors went on a Journey to Harmony, touring Civil Rights Sites in the South. A handful of these participants wrote up their reflections to share with the Body of Christ in Minnesota.

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Sankofa Reflection 2017: Dr. Charles Morgan, Union Gospel Mission

Read Dr. Charles P. Morgan's, CEO of Union Gospel Mission, experience on this Journey to Harmony as he discovers more about the African American struggle for freedom and the equality that still doesn't exist in today's America, and how the conversation about racial equality and justice still lacks the proper vernacular, clarity and moral conviction. Yet, Dr. Morgan explains how he came away from this journey more hopeful than ever. In February, 30 Twin Cities Pastors went on a Journey to Harmony, touring Civil Rights Sites in the South. A handful of these participants wrote up their reflections to share with the Body of Christ in Minnesota.

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US Bank Stadium Worship Event Extended by One Year: NEW DETAILS

Pulse Movement announced a big change in their plan to fill US Bank Stadium this May with worship and outreach events. Rather than holding the revival and evangelism events in 2017, they are moving the Pulse Twin Cities events to 2018, the same year US Bank Stadium will host the Super Bowl. "We believe God is extending this season. I use the word extend because I think it’s significant, I could use the word delay. Delay means to make wait or to be slow. I’m using the word extend because extend means to cause to cover a larger area,” said Nick Hall, Pulse Founder and Chief Communicator. The new plan for 2017 is to host an outdoor prayer gathering outside US Bank Stadium on the National Day of Prayer on May 4, 2017. This prayer event kicks off a season saturated in prayer, outreach, and training that will culminate in May 2018. Hall and the Pulse leadership team are excited by the ways God is moving and will continue to move over the next 15 months of mobilizing and equipping the Church leading up to the May 2018 event.

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Pastor's Column: Love Where You Live

Pastor Aaron Brockmeier serves as the Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist in North Minneapolis. His church often shares that they #LOVENoMi! Read what Pastor Aaron has learned about loving their community in a deeply Biblical way.

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Helping Faith-Based Nonprofits Navigate Private Foundations

Alisha Cora Soule taught a packed-out room full of nonprofit leaders in January, 2017 on how to Find Funding and navigate the landscape of grants in the U.S. and Minnesota. Soule is currently the Director of Grants and Strategic Projects for the University of Northwestern St. Paul. Read more on how to find private funding, the components of a grant, and how to position your faith-based organization for Christian funding and secular funding.

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Minnesota Evangelicals Still Standing with Refugees

Transform Minnesota calls upon President Trump to lift the ban on U.S. refugee admissions. The spirit of this Executive Order is based on fears that originate from incorrect facts about refugees, and is an action that runs contrary to our Christian moral imperative to shelter those fleeing violence and persecution. Among Transform Minnesota’s core values are the Sanctity of Life, Religious Freedom, and Mercy. These values, drawn from our evangelical faith and belief in the Bible, compel us to offer refuge to those who are suffering the most, to vigilantly defend each other’s religious freedom, and to protect the lives of refugees who are made in the image of God. We stand with refugees because God commands us to love, welcome and seek justice for refugees and other immigrants.

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Martin Luther & His 95 Theses That Transformed the Church

As we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we encourage all evangelical Christians to reflect on the breadth of reforms in Christian teaching and practices that followed Luther’s bold actions. By nailing his 95 theses to the university door, Luther found himself leading a movement to reform the way Christians viewed salvation, scripture, and their relationship with God. Many of the beliefs and practices evangelicals revere in worship and prayer are a direct result of the Spirit-inspired revisions Martin Luther brought before the Roman Catholic Church in 1517.

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Pastor's Column: Being Pro-Life Beyond Creating Laws

2017 brings a new year and with it a new President which some pro-lifers hope will usher in change to the landscape of abortion across our nation. Tammy Kocher, Executive Director of New Life Family Services writes about how being pro-life extends far beyond the polling place and laws created to protect life. Christians must address the social and economic barriers that lead women and men to abortion clinics. Being pro-life is about more than saving babies. It is also about raising children. Together, we need to work towards creating a culture where the Church supports life decisions, helps mothers and fathers build healthy relationships and families. And supports them in their practical struggles while nurturing their spiritual development.

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Founders Leave a Christ-honoring Legacy through Planned Giving

Quint and Rachel Alfors wanted to leave a legacy that outlasted their own lifetime. As the founders of our organization, Quint and Rachel Alfors encouraged giving at every turn; while Quint was President of GMAE he helped set-up a generous endowment for the future of our organization. The Alfors personally walked the talk, giving of their time and money, and they had the foresight to included Transform Minnesota in their planned giving. Even when times were tough, they modeled generosity in all stages of life; while working in ministry, in retirement, and while planning for a legacy after their own deaths. Through Quint and Rachel’s lifetime of ministry work and their generous financial contributions, the Alfors leave behind a Christ-honoring legacy at Transform Minnesota.

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Anti-Sex Trafficking "Super Run" Launches Saturday Before Super Bowl

A newly-launched Super Run 5k walk/run in Minneapolis is responding to the harsh reality of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation that is happening on our streets EVERY DAY - and as law enforcement prepares to see a surge in sex trafficking coming to our city on Super Bowl weekend 2018. Led by a group of churches, ministries, organizations and businesses, the Off the Streets Super Run is planned for the Saturday before Super Bowl LI in 2017 and Super Bowl LII in 2018, held in Minneapolis.

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Equipping and Encouraging Rural Church Ministries

“God wants to transform the lives of millions of people living in rural areas and small towns in the US, and he is using his church to do it,” said Pastor Paul Jorgensen, Lead Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church. Doing life and ministry in small towns and rural communities comes with many relational benefits and structural challenges. Of the hundreds of thousands of pastors and leaders ministering to rural communities and small towns, the isolation can be one of the hardest parts. We, at Transform Minnesota believe it is important for rural pastors to get refreshed and find a support network; that is why we are a sponsor of a new conference called Grow! It launches in March of 2017 aiming to equip and encourage rural pastors to not just survive, but become more effective in their strategic part of Kingdom of God.

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Love, Pray, Share: Welcoming Minnesota's 200,000 Muslim Neighbors

Transform Minnesota is working to inspire a missionary heart among Christians towards the nearly 200,000 Muslims that call Minnesota home. In spite of some negative reactions by Christians that have received a lot of media attention, we are encouraged by a growing movement of more and more evangelical Christians who are meeting, loving and serving their Muslim neighbors as the Gospel of Jesus would have us do.

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Pastor's Column: A Counter-Cultural Invitation to Wait and Hope this Advent Season

Rev. Anne Vining, senior pastor at First Covenant Church St. Paul, shares her deep need during the holidays for the intentional spiritual practices in Advent. The season of Advent is this rather counter-cultural invitation to wait, and to courageously choose hope over fear and despair—regardless of the state of our world, because Emmanuel, God with us, has come and is coming again!

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5 Tips to Being More Effective and Efficient with Email

5 Tips to Being More Effective and Efficient with Email from our Ministry Equip training with Audrey Thomas in November 2016.

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Evangelical Christians and President Trump

The 2016 election is decided and Evangelical Christians bear great responsibility to stand with those who feel afraid and left out. Evangelicals are people who want to attract others to Jesus. Their decisive role in influencing this election for a candidate whose character contradicts so much of what Jesus stands for, creates a barrier to their witness of His Gospel, which now must be overcome.

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Loving Our Muslim Neighbors - AUDIO

To adequately and powerfully love our Muslim neighbors, listen to the words Dick Brogden, of Live Dead, spoke at Cedar Valley Church on November 1, 2016.

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Living with Conviction in a Pluralistic World

As we are on the brink of one of the most controversial Presidential elections in recent history, we are seeing more and more division among Americans. In his Q Commons Minneapolis talk, Rob Vischer, Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law remarks on how the remedy for our polarized political culture is the restoration of relationships. Vischer encourages civil friendships that are lived out in a spirit of solidarity with one another; emphasizing that our political life is shaped not primarily by election results, but by the attitudes of citizens.

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Graceful Convictions: Living Well with One Another When We Disagree

As we are on the brink of one of the most controversial Presidential elections in recent history, we are seeing more and more division among Americans. In her Q Commons Minneapolis talk Meghann Kantke, an attorney at Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis remarks on the value of expressing kindness and graciousness, while staying true to our convictions. She taught how the Jesus way is grace and truth – of real kindness and honest humility without compromising our convictions. We have to believe that everyone - even people we disagree with – are worthy of kindness and that they have something to teach us.

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Creating Kingdom Culture in Polarized Society

As we are on the brink of one of the most controversial Presidential elections in recent history, we are seeing more and more division among Americans. In his Q Commons Minneapolis talk Don Samuels, Minneapolis School Board member discusses Creating Kingdom Culture in Polarized Society: Leadership practices that place the values of Jesus ahead of American culture.

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Journey to Harmony Leadership Reflection

We have a dream… that pastors of the Twin Cities would pursue racial harmony by exploring in depth our troubled past so we can move forward and fulfill our calling to oneness as the Body of Christ. Transform Minnesota is launching its first-ever Sankofa Journey to Harmony visiting Civil Rights sites in February 2017. Rev. Terrance Rollerson and Pastor Andy Gray, pastors at the The Urban Refuge Church in Minneapolis will be leading the Sankofa Journey to Harmony. Terrance and Andy went on the journey together in 2012 and 2016. Read about how this spiritual journey impacted their friendship and relationship as an African American man and White man in ministry together. Sankofa is an intentionally multi-ethnic, experiential, and spiritual journey that will take us to important places and moments in the Civil Rights movement where together we’ll mourn, learn, understand, repent, pray, and find hope to build bridges and stand in the gap as peacemakers.

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Holy Sexuality with Dr. Christopher Yuan - VIDEO

With his powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness, grace and ability to personally transform his life, Dr. Christopher Yuan shared with more than 300 people at Hope Community Church on October 6, 2016 on how his life experience and spiritual transformation taught him how Christians need to respond to homosexuality in a compassionate, redemptive manner.

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Pastor's Column: Three Truths As I Stare At My Ballot

As we approach the 2016 Presidential election, we wanted to know how pastors are navigating the political season. Dr. Matthew St. John, lead pastor of New Hope Church in New Hope writes about three truths he knows this election season: "God is in charge, and His say is final. I must respond to what my Spirit-shaped conscience dictates, and offer charity to those whose choices differ from mine. I must honor the candidate that is victorious, if only because my Lord, in His written revelation, has commanded me to do so."

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Three Local Voices are "Engaging the Divide" at Q Commons Oct. 13

Transform Minnesota is presenting Q Commons on Thursday October 13 at City Church in Minneapolis. The topic this session is “Engaging the Divide,” and will feature three local speakers who will discuss practical lessons for living in a pluralistic society. Each of these local speakers: Don Samuels, Rob Vischer, and Meghann Kantke will discuss pluralism: how Christians seek to live out their Christian values in a secular society.

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Pulse Details Plans to Fill US Bank Stadium for Worship Events

Pulse has released new details about their upcoming UNITE worship events at US Bank Stadium. UNITE is gathering all churches, generations, and denominations together for two events that will have significant impact on the Twin Cities. The hope and prayer for PULSE’s two events is for revival and evangelism in America and in the Twin Cities. Nick Hall of Pulse and Rob Ketterling of River Valley Church liken the weekend of events in May to the Billy Graham Crusades and Promise Keepers held at the Metrodome.

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Pastor's Column: Bible Should Influence Vote More Than Party

As we approach the 2016 Presidential election, we wanted to know how pastors are navigating the political season. Carl Nelson, president and CEO of Transform Minnesota writes about his observations this election season; including the political diversity of American evangelicalism, and how he believes a Biblically-informed policy platform will be in conflict with both major parties. As God’s people, Carl believes we are called to be servants, not masters, and trust that the renewal of our culture is a result of transformed hearts, not elected officials.

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The Best Way to Plant Indigenous Churches Is to Begin that Way

On September 8, Jean Johnson spoke at TCAMP on Avoiding Dependency in Missions. She wrote this article on a similar topic for the Fall 2016 Mission Frontiers issue. She writes the best way to plant indigenous churches and movements is to begin that way. Then, they don’t have to discover mid-stream that it is too late — that an unhealthy mindset has settled in like cement. Keep in mind that in every apple, there is an orchard. In every people group, an Acts 2-type church is already there; we just need to believe it.

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Urban Church Planting: Rev. Efrem Smith

For our Urban Church Planting blog series, we are posting a recent blog Rev. Efrem Smith, President and CEO of World Impact wrote about being thick-skinned urban missionaries. He writes about how being thick-skinned for the Kingdom of God can only come about through intimacy with God, identity in Christ, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Only out of the overflow of this dynamic relationship can urban missionaries be used to empower the poor, strengthen the church, and transform communities.

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Pastor's Column: Talking Politics vs. politics in Church

As we approach the 2016 Presidential election, we wanted to know how pastors are navigating the political season. Pastor Jeff Heidkamp, co-lead pastor of Mercy Vineyard Church writes about why he doesn’t think the Bible has anything to say about American “uppercase P” Politics, but has a lot to say about “lowercase p” politics. Pastor Jeff shares when he believes it is appropriate for a pastor to become partisan, and a practice he implements that helps him to gain empathy for those who see the world differently than he does.

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Pastor's Column: Transcending the Political Chaos

As we approach the 2016 Presidential election, we wanted to know how pastors are navigating the political season. We asked a number of pastors to contribute as guest authors; some wouldn't touch the topic with a 10 foot pole, others like Pastor Kory Kleinsasser, lead pastor at Waite Park Church agreed to write this thoughtful piece about transcending the political chaos. We are encouraged by Pastor Kory's message of rising above fear, division and cynicism, and putting our trust in God knowing Jesus taught us to transcend the petty arguments of the day and to take an eternal, divine perspective.

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Launching a Ministry of Financial Leaders

Kimberly Stewart, Eagle Brook Church’s Executive Director of Development, taught a seminar on Engaging Financial Leaders in August 2016. She taught that, believe it or not, affluence is often a burden, and many with it are unsure of how to steward their wealth.

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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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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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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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Community Prayer Service Fills Sanctuary with Lamentations and Prayers

It was standing room only at a community prayer service on Monday July 11, 2016, 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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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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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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Urban Church Planting Q & A Series: Stadia Midwest

For our Urban Church Planting Q & A series, we interview Chris Brooks, Midwest Regional Executive at Stadia, a church planting network. We include links to Stadia Church Planter Resources, including a Church Planter Coaching Reading List, a Church Plant Budget Template, and Calculations for Facility Rentals.

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Black Clergy Launches Gang Violence Intervention Initiative

A coalition of African American churches launched a grand endeavor on Thursday June 16, 2016 to combat gang violence and high unemployment rates in the black community. At a press conference, dozens of faith leaders in the African American community committed $100,000 to employ youth workers to intervene at the street level, recruit job coaches, and train leaders in trauma and mental health services.

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Urban Church Planting Q & A Series: Hiawatha Church, Minneapolis

The general trend in urban areas is that as the density of the population goes up, the presence of the church goes down. In response, many churches are being planted in some of the most densely populated parts of the Twin Cities. 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 Chris Wachter, Lead Pastor at Hiawatha Church in South Minneapolis.

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Pray Together Sunday - Calling Churches to Prayer on July 10, 2016

Will your church participate in Pray Together Sunday and commit to a time of prayer in your worship service on July 10? With a unified voice, we will join together and ask Jesus to reset our hearts and our nation. Pray Together Sunday will kick-o­ff the week leading up to Together 2016, a national campaign to bring 1 million people to the National Mall for a day of worship and prayer on Saturday, July 16.

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Pastor's Column: Serving the Poor, Ministering in Mobile Home Parks

For our Pastor’s Column series, Jeff Urban of Bear Creek Christian Church in Rochester, MN shares how Bear Creek does ministry and outreach in mobile home parks. The Bear Creek community has a heart for providing for those who lack material goods, relationships and connections to others. They model their home repair program after Habitat for Humanity, yet Bear Creek serves those who don't have adequate income to quality for Habitat. This church believes the gospel calls the Church to use its resources to meet real-world needs, in this case for repairing homes in disrepair. Photo Courtesy of Post-Bulletin.

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Next Steps in the Church's Quest to Seek Justice

God’s heart for justice and mercy is beating strongly here in the Twin Cities! The first Twin Cities Justice Weekend was a giant success. The president of the International Justice Mission (IJM) encouraged churches to seek justice as a calling from God. We learned that human trafficking is a money driven enterprise and the buyers are the fuel that keep it running, according to Sgt. Grant Snyder of the Minneapolis Police Department. Sgt. Snyder encouraged church leaders to address the problems of human trafficking by starting with the offenders, who are often men who attend our churches. Find out how Twin Cities churches can continue to be a part of the quest to end modern-day slavery. Let's not allow the momentum to slow down - Let justice roll on like a river!

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Fundraising as Ministry

Fundraising needs to be a proclamation that our loving God is in our midst, that His Spirit is moving to accomplish this plan, and that we get to be participants with Him. We invite people, and give them the opportunity to become a part of this movement that God is doing in our midst.

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Pastor's Column: How To Be a Missionary in Your Community

For our Pastor’s Column series, pastors in Rochester, MN are sharing how their churches do ministry and outreach in this growing diverse medical community. One of the unique situations that POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach) has in Rochester is the effect that the Mayo Clinic has on the immigrant population. The POBLO International Friendship Center often reaches out to Muslim students and Chinese students who are in Rochester as research fellows at the Mayo Clinic or family members of a research fellow. FInd out how POBLO staff and volunteers reach out to Rochester's immigrant population by forming real friendships during the short-time they are living in Minnesota.

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Revitalizing Stalled, Slipping and Status Quo Churches

As some established churches find themselves dwindling in numbers, lacking energy or stalling out at status quo, it's important for church leadership to do the hard work of revitalizing a church before it's too late. We look into a number of examples of slipping churches who have either merged with other churches, gone through leadership counselling or embarked on a vitality process, in order to reboot their church with energy, health, and a passion to honor the legacy of the Gospel, and reach their community. Read how every church could use a Holy Spirit shake-up to keep or redirect their church on a healthy mission-minded path.

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UNITE NDOP Launches Summer Youth Prayer Movement, Together 2016

UNITE National Day of Prayer was held on May 5, 2016 at Mariucci Arena. Thousands of believers in the Twin Cities came together, regardless of generation, denomination or background to UNITE under the banner of heaven. In the spirit of this youth movement of prayer, we are excited to share PULSE’s summer prayer event in Washington D.C. called TOGETHER 2016, a national campaign to bring 1 million people to the National Mall for a day of worship and prayer on Saturday, July 16. Find out how your church can cover this event in prayer and join the prayer movement.

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Minn. Liberian Immigrant Congregation Builds First Church in U.S.

We are happy to celebrate one of our network churches as they reach a milestone that is among a first for a local immigrant congregation. Ebenezer Community Church will be the first predominantly Liberian immigrant congregation from Africa to build a building in the U.S. The $2.8 million building project is nearing completion, and the congregation plans to move into its new home in Brooklyn Park at the end of May.

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Pastor's Column: Loving God. Serving People in Rochester.

For our Pastor's Column series, pastors in Rochester, MN are sharing how their churches do ministry and outreach in this growing diverse medical community. C. John Steer, Senior Pastor at Autumn Ridge Church, the largest evangelical church in Rochester kicks off our series. He shares how this 159-year-old church, which was founded before Minnesota became a state, is living out their mission of “Loving God. Serving people."

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Having a Biblical Theology of Sexuality in Today's Culture

In early April, 2016 Transform Minnesota and Bethel University hosted a church summit called “Holy Sexuality in Today’s Society.” Our Holy Sexuality in Today’s World Church Summit was so popular at Bethel University, it reached capacity, so we hosted a second summit in Cambridge, MN and had over 100 attendees. Evangelical scholar and psychologist from Regent University, Mark Yarhouse presented on how to unpack LGBTQ, how to understand gender dysphoria in our culture, and sexual identity from a Christian perspective. Biblical scholar Dr. Paul Eddy of Bethel University, presented on the Biblical theology of human sexuality, and the emphasis God puts on covenant relationships.

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A Tribute to Rev. Quint Alfors, our Founding Executive Director

Transform Minnesota is deeply saddened by the recent passing of our founding Executive Director Rev. Quinten Alfors. Quint’s leadership and faithfulness in prayer, was a driving force in the founding of this evangelical network, formerly called the Greater Minnesota Association of Evangelicals, which still exists 50 years later. We are eternally grateful for the ways God used Rev. Quint Alfors to connect and equip the Church through GMAE. We hope to continue to honor his name and legacy with the work we do at Transform Minnesota.

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Pastor's Column: Small Town Church Reaches 5-County Region, Doubling Attendance in Five Years

For our "Thriving and Growing Rural Churches" series, Paul Jorgensen, Lead Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church shares how God is at work in Litchfield, a small town of 6,700 people. Amazingly, Cornerstone Church welcomed more than 1,200 people to their five Easter services this year. Over the past five years Cornerstone Church has more than doubled its attendance, with 120-180 people per year choosing to put their trust in Christ. Read more about what is drawing people to drive from all over the 5-county region to be a part of Cornerstone’s worship services.

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Good Friday Prayer for Muslims: The Power of the Cross

On Good Friday, 80 Christians gathered together at Wooddale Church to pray for Muslims, and for opportunities to minister to Muslims. Friday afternoons are typically a holy time for Muslims, as they attend Jumaa prayer in the Mosques. This past Friday was Good Friday for Christians, when we embrace the power of Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. We recognize that prayer is essential to reach our Muslim neighbors. Here’s a starting guide as to how to Pray for Muslims.

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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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Faith-Based Employment Practices, Stay True to Your Organizations Beliefs

On March 17, 2016, Transform Minnesota hosted a training at Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm on employment legal standards for faith-based organizations, churches and businesses. Esteemed attorneys Sam Diehl, Principal at GPM and Meghann Kantke, Associate at GPM, as well as a Transform Minnesota board member, shared what the legal landscape of religious organizations is like in today’s world.

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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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Carl's Sermon on Daniel - Flourishing in a Hostile World - AUDIO

Carl Nelson, President of Transform Minnesota, speaks at First Free Church in Minneapolis in February of 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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Unplanned Pregnancies; Being a Church that Cares, Not Condemns

New findings reveal that women who have had an abortion, often feel the church is not a caring place for them, and at the time of their unplanned pregnancy, the church didn’t provide resources for them. In preparation for Sanctity of Human Life Day, we lay-out successful ways churches are ministering to women and men with unplanned pregnancies, or who are dealing with the aftermath of having an abortion.

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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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Evangelical Defined, Do You Fit the Label?

The National Association of Evangelicals recently came up with a new definition for what it means to be "evangelical." Find out if you or your church fits the NAE's new label of evangelical. And read more on how some Lutherans and Catholics are responding to the NAE's new definition of evangelical, now that it is all based on beliefs, not behavior, denomination, race or political affiliation. Those who strongly agree with these 4 statements are considered evangelical: 1. The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe. 2. It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. 3. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin. 4. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

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The Church in Minnesota – Responding to the Growing Refugee Crisis

With all the heart breaking news surrounding refugees right now, Transform Minnesota and Arrive Ministries want to remind our friends that we are resettling refugees almost daily here in the Twin Cities. We believe the Bible motivates us to welcome and love the foreigner as ourselves. Find out how we are responding to the Middle East refugee crisis and what you can do to help.

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How Should Church Leaders Talk about ISIS, Radical Islam and Jihad?

With recent terrorist attacks in Paris, homegrown terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, and a wave of fear that has overtaken the Western world when it comes to refugees, ISIS’s presence is known and felt in the US. Recently Transform Minnesota held a training for evangelical leaders and pastors on ISIS, Radical Islam, Jihad and our response as Christians. Here is a synopsis of the training, we hope this brief summary helps Christians to better understand recent terror attacks, and that it will address the fears many Christians feel surrounding ISIS and radical Islam.

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Newly Launched Initiative Equips Nonprofits in Ministry

Faith-based nonprofits often have a lot of heart and passion to do good works for the Kingdom of God; but their leaders can find they are lacking resources and time to think about the bigger picture. Transform Minnesota launched a new initiative in 2015, aimed at equipping nonprofits for evangelical ministry, called Ministry Equip.

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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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United in Freedom: Community and Confession

During the United in Freedom workshop in the fall of 2015, we took a look at how community and relationships are key to overcoming racial division in the body of Christ. The floor was opened up for public confession. Participants worshiped together through singing and holding hands, making promises starting with “I will…”

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Call to Prayer for Minneapolis 4th Precinct

Transform Minnesota urges churches in the evangelical network throughout Minnesota to pray on Sunday, Nov. 22 for justice and peace in the 4th precinct of Minneapolis.

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"Youth These Days" Blog Series: The Best Way to Replenish a Weary Youth Worker's Soul

Youth ministry training conferences and seminars have their place as a tool to motivate and encourage youth workers. In our fourth and final part of our "Youth These Days" blog series, Darrin Geier of Woodbury Community Church encourages youth ministry workers during a season of emptiness or depletion, not to get sidetracked by depending on flashy conferences and speakers to fill them up, but to turn to God’s Word, the Bible.

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Belovedness by Rev. Efrem Smith - AUDIO

Rev. Efrem Smith shared on Belovedness at our United in Freedom seminar on November 3, 2015 at Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Listen to Rev. Smith's talk or read a summary of his theological and biblical framework for advancing the Kingdom of God and being agents of transformation within the reality of the constructs of race and its impact in our communities.

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Carl Nelson Guest Hosts AM 980 The Mission - AUDIO

Transform Minnesota President Carl Nelson guest hosted "On the Way with Paul Ridgeway" on AM 980: The Mission on November 4, 2015. Listen to Carl Nelson as he talks about how Transform Minnesota is engaging and mobilizing evangelicals for the love of Jesus across our state.

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"Youth These Days" Blog Series- Making Disciples of Jesus, not the local Church

In the great commission, Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations. In the third part of our “Youth These Days” blog series Blake Birdsall looks into the challenges youth pastors have at making disciples of millennials and teenagers. He outlines some of the top questions he’s encountered while working with youth and shares a few ways God has pressed on his heart to better make disciples.

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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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United in Freedom: Awareness Feat. Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati

This fall Transform Minnesota is hosting United in Freedom: an experience intended to overcome racial division in the body of Christ. The first of our 3-part experience, led by Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, taught about America’s deep-rooted issues of economic and educational disparity. By identifying the implications of our history, Transform Minnesota believes that participants will begin to adequately understand our present situation.

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Holy Land Evangelical Leaders Forum

In October, Transform Minnesota and the National Association for Evangelicals hosted six evangelical leaders from the Holy Land who provided first-hand reports about the challenges faced by evangelical Christians living in Israel and surrounding territories, and tell us their prayer requests.

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Ed Stetzer Explains Away "Bad Stats," Encourages Minn. Church Leaders

In October, we hosted an Evangelical Leaders Forum with Ed Stetzer, looking at the future of Christianity in America. About 110 people joined the discussion about what is really happening in evangelicalism in America and how those in ministry can be encouraged about the state of the country, while they share the love of Jesus.

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Transforming Minnesota for Christ for 50 Years (1965-2015)

Transform Minnesota is celebrating 50 years in ministry. Since 1965 tens of thousands of lives have been greatly impacted through Transform Minnesota, which began as the Greater Minnesota Association of Evangelicals (GMAE). The evidence of how God has strengthened our evangelical movement through the past five decades, is what inspires us to look ahead to the future, and continue serving our network with relationships, resources, and representation.

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Pastor's Column: Becoming a Volunteer Church

Church leaders are exhausted by the lack of volunteer help. Volunteers are vital to creating growth and new ministries, and are the key to introducing youth and children to Jesus Christ. Under the leadership of Jill Fox, Wooddale Church's volunteer program boasted 3,000+ participants. In our Pastor's Column, Jill writes about how to mobilize the church’s most vital workforce, volunteers.

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"Youth These Days" Blog Series: The Big Five

In the second part of our "Youth These Days" blog series, Zach Marino of Maple Grove Evangelical Church writes about 5 recommendations he has for developing a kingdom-impacting youth ministry. Zach believes these pointers help strike the balance in youth ministry of being relevant yet biblical, Christ-centered, Holy Spirit dependent and God-glorifying.

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With the Pope’s visit, It’s Time to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

It is our prayer that Catholic and evangelical Christians, together with our elected officials, presidential candidates and fellow citizens, will listen to Pope Francis’s message in support of persons on the move, open our hearts to the immigrants and refugees among us, and welcome them with open arms in the same way that God has received us.

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"Youth These Days" Blog Series - Creating a Teen-Focused Church

What would it look like to be a teen-focused church; committed to helping teenagers be church's primary means of spreading the Good News? In the first part of in our “Youth These Days” blog series, Luke Trouten shares his thoughts on how your church can better welcome teens to serve, lead and participate fully in the Kingdom of God, and the impact it can have on your youth and even your adults.

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New Blog Series: "Youth These Days"

Churches oftentimes don’t know how to engage their youth and teens with the Gospel. Since the beginning of time, parents have scoffed at “youth these days,” lacking an understanding of those a generation or two younger than them. But we at Transform Minnesota are committed to reproducing our faith in the generations that follow us. We need to invest in millennials and younger adolescents so that the Church continues to grow in the hearts of tomorrow’s leaders.

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Pastor's Column: A Year with "The Story"

Every year church leaders have many programs pitched at them. It is easy to become jaded about “the next big thing” sweeping across the church. David Lens, Lead Pastor of Hope Church in Richfield wondered if "The Story" was just another over-hyped program to avoid. But after careful research and receiving multiple recommendations Hope Church decided to take the plunge with "The Story." Read why they are so glad they did!

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Minn. Teen's Battle with Cancer Leads to Role in new "War Room" Movie

The Power of Prayer is the theme of new faith-based movie, and box office hit "War Room," and it's also one of the lessons a Coon Rapids teen learned from her cancer diagnosis. Through Make-A-Wish, Rachel Aarhus’s dream to be an extra in a Kendrick brother’s film was granted.

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Gospel Music Up-and-Coming for Intercultural Churches

As many immigrant cultures make the Twin Cities home, the church landscape is also changing, and for many multi-cultural churches gospel music is up-and-coming. First Covenant Church in St. Paul hosted a three-day Gospel Music Workshop on August 9-11, that was free and open to anyone who wanted to learn how to sing and perform this soulful style of Christian worship.

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Pastor's Column: The Three Seasons of Minnesota…

In our Pastor's Corner Pastor John Ward of Prairie Community Church in Eden Prairie writes about the importance of "Rally Sunday" gearing church members up for community, discipleship and regular worship attendance.

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Two Suburban Churches Planting Campuses in Minneapolis' "Small Town"

This fall two well-known suburban churches in the Twin Cities are launching campuses in or near the North Loop. Substance Church and River Valley Church pastors say there is no competition as they launch campuses within one month of each other; they are praying for each other, and are championing the efforts of the local church as both try to reach lost people in this urban "small town" known as the North Loop.

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Immigrant Legal Service Centers Growing Out of Twin Cities Churches

Churches in the Twin Cities are on their way to offering church-based legal centers; seeking to help immigrants in our state navigate the confusing and costly process of becoming legal citizens or residents in America.

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Churches “Top of Mind” When City of Bloomington Needs Help

The City of Bloomington relies on a network of churches to care for the community. The volunteers of CityServe are often the Bloomington Human Service department’s first call when someone in the community needs help.

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Pastor's Column: Cabin Country Church

Church attendance in metro churches the summer months is always affected by people going up to their cabins. Transform Minnesota wanted to know what church is like on the flip-side, so for our Pastor's Column we asked Pastor John Just, of Timberwood Church near Brainerd to write a guest column on church life in “Cabin Country.”

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Calls to End Muslim Immigration Do Not Reflect the Great Commission

Franklin Graham’s recent call to end Muslim immigration in the U.S. has brought immigration policy to the forefront of many evangelicals’ minds. Although we respect Mr. Graham and the work he has done through Samaritans Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we disagree with his stance on closing U.S. borders to Muslims. Arrive Ministries Executive Director, Bob Oehrig wrote this gracious response to Franklin Graham.

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Mpls. Church Combats Human Trafficking at Local Massage Parlor

A Northeast Minneapolis Church is working to combat human trafficking at a massage parlor in their neighborhood by praying, educating themselves, and working with the city government.

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"The Why Church" Transforms Life at The “Y”

A new model for ministry in Minnesota is transforming the YMCA branches in Elk River and New Hope, into places of worship called The Why Church. Church leaders are finding it to be a unique opportunity to reach the public for whom "the Y" is a part of their everyday life.

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Response to Marriage Ruling by Supreme Court

Don't Be Upset That Our Beliefs Are Not Understood By Culture. As dual citizens, Christian's role is to be interpreters, not antagonists.

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Local Prayer Vigils Offer Interfaith Dialogue After Charleston Shooting

More than 200 people attended an interfaith prayer vigil at St. Peter’s AME Church in Minneapolis on Wednesday June 24, joining hands, and raising their voices to pray for the eradication of racism and hate in our community and in our country. Another prayer vigil was held at Wayman AME Church in Minneapolis the same night.

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Poor, Uneducated Kids Least Reached by Church

An in-depth look at how the church is failing to reach kids in poverty. What pastors and church members can do to partner and reach out to one of society’s most vulnerable group; poor, uneducated youth.

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God's Love Revealed to Convicted Murderer, Through Pen Pal

Damascus Way Resident Shares Story of Criminal Background and Redemption through the love and patience of a pen pal.

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Remembering the Rich History of Emanuel AME Church

Transform Minnesota is deeply saddened by this tragic act of violence on Emanuel AME Church in Charleston Wednesday night. We are calling for all of the churches in Minnesota to lift up in prayer Emanuel, the larger AME church, and the victims of this senseless shooting.

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Who Am I? Searching for Identity

Searching for one's identity has become the struggle of our generation. For Christians our answer is found in the creation story.

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Statement on Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

Actions demonstrate that leaders have high duty to protect their congregations from those who would harm them.

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Minnesota Hosts Largest National Day of Prayer in the U.S.

More than 11,000 people gathered together on May 7th for UNITE National Day of Prayer making Minnesota’s National Day of Prayer the largest gathering in the country.

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Minn. Pastor Uses NBC TV Series "A.D." to Teach Church

A Withrop, Minn. pastor is teaching the book of Acts to his church in a unique way, by basing his sermon series off the NBC television show “A.D.” Pastor Kyle Kachelmeier, of Winthrop Evangelical Covenant Church says he found the show, which airs on NBC on Sunday nights, to be a helpful tool on Sunday mornings.

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Evangelicalism Isn't Really Dying

In Minnesota the total number of Christians dropped by approximately 10% from 2007 to 2014...

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The Questions Baltimore Raises

If you are a white evangelical and don’t understand why rioters are upset, it is time to make yourself more aware of the deep-seeded injustices our African American brothers and sisters face.

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Evangelicals, Catholics, Join Mormons & Muslims Seeking Religious Freedom

As Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments, inter-faith leaders call for civility and respect for their religious freedoms.

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Board Member Describes Visit to Refugee Camp

Jay Milbrandt, Arrive Ministries board member & Bethel University professor, has become international justice advocate after first of many visits to refugee camp on Thai-Burma border.

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Ferguson, Franklin Graham & Our Own Wishes

Did Franklin Graham's Facebook post reveal our own secret wishes, even though we know they fall short? Commentary by Carl Nelson

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Couple Learns As They Love Bhutanese Refugees

Ministering to refugees brings unexpected blessings, and closer ties between churches.

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Special Mother's Day for Birth Mothers

Annual dinner honors birth mothers for their selfless sacrifice. May 8.

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Evangelicals Willing to Pray with Non-Christians

Some may criticize public prayers with non-Christians but most leaders are willing to do so.

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Wind in the House of Islam

Several hundred Christians in Minnesota are talking together with Muslim friends about who Jesus is.

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Husband and Wife, Daughter Reunited

After three year separation, husband and wife are reunited by Arrive Ministries; daughter brings gold wedding band to airport reunion with her father.

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Celebrating 50 Years: 1965-2015

Fifty years later, the reason we began is essentially the same: to serve as a network for evangelicals who need resources and solutions and who want to connect with others in ministry.

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A Hope for Our Cities

God’s throne, or Kingdom, is established on the foundation of both personal “rightness” with God and personal “rightness" with others. Reflections by board member Rev. Richard Coleman.

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2015 and Evangelicals

As Transform Minnesota celebrates 50 years we look ahead to 2015 and the coming decade.

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Thank You! We met our Match Grant goal

I am encouraged to tell you that we exceeded the goal of our Match Gift by more than double, and surpassed our December financial goals!

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Growing Together: Embracing Our Future

Mission: St. Paul hosts Dr. Martin Luther King commemoration event Saturday, Jan. 17, 6:30 pm - Union Gospel Mission

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January 10: RECHARGE-A Ministry of Youth Leadership

Saturday, January 10th at Grace Fellowship

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January 17: Growing Together-Embracing Our Future

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at the Union Gospel Mission

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Transform Minnesota Statement Against the Use of Torture

For evangelicals, our opposition to torture is directly linked to our beliefs about God and human beings.

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January 2015 through April 2015: Missions training-Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Tuesday nights (January 20th-April 28th) and Thursday night (January 22nd through April 30th)

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January 26: Alpha 101 Workshop

At Substance Operations Center on Monday, January 26th

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February 7: Beyond the Veil

Join us for a training seminar on how to share eternal hope with Muslim woman

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Don't Let President Obama's Actions Stall Immigration Reform

"The solution to the political bickering is for Congress to pass immigration reform" says Nelson. A majority of evangelical pastors favor immigration reform, including 2 largest evangelical denominations and 40 member denominations of the NAE.

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The Great Commission at our front door

For more than 20 years Hospitality Center for Chinese has demonstrated love and hospitality to thousands of Chinese students studying at the U of M.

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The toll of Ebola in the Twin Cities

Thousands of miles away in Minnesota, the state’s West African residents are dealing with the aftermath of the Ebola virus.

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February 18- March 29: 40 Days for Life

Come together with fellow Christians for 40 days of prayer to lift up requests to God Almighty for abortion to be ended.

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February 20-21: The 9th Annual Midwest Conference on Missionary Care

The Midwest Conference on Missionary Care is an annual event co-sponsored by Minnesota Renewal Center, Barnabas International and Transform Minnesota (formerly the Greater Minnesota Association of Evangelicals).

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February 20-22: Freedom Weekend

A weekend where Twin Cities churches focus on sex-trafficking and the exploitation of women and children with a "call to action".

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February 21: Snowflake Ball

At Ridgewood Church in Minnetonka

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February 21: Live Pure Conference For Men

It is a fact that men are particularly vulnerable to temptation in the area of their sexuality. Because that is true, Every Man’s Battle For Purity was developed specifically with men in mind.

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KSTP Story Perpetuates Racial Prejudices

I have my own inaccurate prejudices. KSTP story alleging gang affiliation by Mayor Hodges seems to be making the same mistake.

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February 28: How Do We Bridge the Racial Divide in America?

In this year's 5th annual Facing Race through Grace Conference, we will provide a survey of some of the main causes of racism and a solution toward bridging the racial and ethnic divide.

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March 2-3: Refugee Life Ministries Trainings and April Benefit Dinner

Tuesday, November 11th at Arrive Ministries in Richfield

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March 7: Precept Ministries International Fast Track Training

The Precept FastTrack Leader Training Workshop is designed to identify and equip existing and future Bible Study Leaders who will lead others in Inductive Bible Study in the church, home or workplace. Even if you have had no experience leading a class or using the Inductive Bible Study Method, this workshop is suitable for you to learn this proven method by using the 40-Minute Bible Studies.

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March 7: Gospel Men Conference 2015

The Gospel and the Workplace: a conference on calling men to unity and purpose in our pursuit of Christ's mission.

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March 7: NEXT Ministry Conference

Join us for a time of learning to get equipped for ministry leadership.

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Transforming Lives in the Heart of Minneapolis

Leaders tour downtown neighborhoods to cast vision for church planting.

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March 10-Pastors & Ministry Leaders Seminar: Toward the Integration of Faith & Work

Join our featured guest, Katherine Leary Aldorf, and fellow pastors and peers for this interactive and practical exploration of faith as integral to work and vocation.

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March 12 TCAMP: Christianity, the Church and Missions in China

Discussion with China experts to learn how the Church is really doing in China. Filter through stories of great persecution on one hand and amazing signs of growth and openness on the other. Learn about the varied regions and people groups encompassed in this vast land.

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March 21: Anti-Trafficking 101

Join us for Anti-trafficking 101, and learn helpful tips, action plans and next steps to help protect the innocent, and enable you to get involved and make an impact in your community. Sexual perversion has permeated every aspect of our culture and the church must stand up against it!

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March 21: Building for Ministry Seminar

This seminar will answer questions for churches that are planning church facility building programs. Come get information from multiple presenters on the questions you have.

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March 23-29: Jericho March

This is a silent march where prayers will be lifted up for God’s intervention to end abortion and healing for post-abortive women and men.

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Moving Closer to Planned Parenthood

Last year New Life Family Services had 1,000 spiritual conversations with the clients they serve. In "Vision 2015" they seek to double number of clients served.

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Churches Help to Open Youth Shelter

Brooklyn Area Ministers Association played key role in responding to homeless youth; first suburban youth shelter to open soon.

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March 26 &27: Take the Church-Pastor and Leader Forum

This forum addresses current issues in missions. It will include participation from more than a dozen missionaries who are serving in strategic locations around the world. This will be a unique opportunity for you to sit beside other pastors and church leaders as well as experienced missionaries as relevant missions topics are presented and discussed.

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March 29th-Africa: Night to Honor Israel

A night featuring keynote speaker Lyndon Allen, Rabbi Alexander David and Steve Hunegs

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April 3: Good Friday Vigil

Last year, approximately 2,700 attended Pro-Life Action Ministries’ Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at the mega-Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, MN. Fifteen area pastors of various denominations led the reading of Scriptures and prayers, one each half hour, throughout the day. The only sign prevalent at the prayer vigil was a life-size cross. Following the passion and death of Jesus Christ and remembering the 4,000 babies killed each year at this abortion chamber, attendees kept a solemn presence for seven and a half hours.

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April 3rd-4th Annual CrossWalk: A Walk of Humility & Repentance

The CrossWalk signifies our Christian identification with suffering in our city related to socioeconomic disparities, racial & ethnic divisions, violence & abuse, struggling families and brokenness & injustice.

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Invite Millennials into your lives

Youth today are looking for help. They desire to make meaning, to establish a place of belonging, to derive a sense of value out of the complex patchwork of their lives.

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April 11: Minnesota Gospel Opry

For this concert, The Chancellors Quartet and The Ophoven Family will be with us! You won't want to miss this! Bring your whole family for a great night!

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Millennials and the Church: Strategies for engagement

Stephanie Williams: "I don't even know how to pray anymore" I confided to my mentor when I was 21 years old.

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October 9 Q Commons Twin Cities

7-9pm at Christ Presbyterian Church: Hear inspiring stories for engaging culture to advance the common good. Presented by Transform Minnesota, The Table at CPC and Q ideas.

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April 17: Mark Lowry Concert

With special guests "The Martins" and pianist Stan Whitmire at New Hope Church

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April 19: Global Worship

Worship with local musicians from every continent. Colorful dress and traditional instruments! Flags of all nations! Music and dance! Join us!

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April 23: Freedom, Biotechnology, & the Human Future

Join us for the second annual Anderson Lecture in Science and Religion

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Millennials and the Church

A new blog series. Help the Church thrive by knowing who Millennials are what shapes them.

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April 25-DIGNITY: Lost and Found

The work of anti-trafficking is for the whole church – women and men, youth and adults. It’s time to come together to gain awareness about trafficking in North Minneapolis and the near North suburbs. Let's come together as congregations in order to gain an understanding of the issue, and then work to create interventions in order to reclaim the dignity of our youth, our families and our neighborhoods.

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April 29: Contending For Our Destiny

An all day seminar for women ministers and leaders

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Grant Writing for Faith-based Nonprofits

April 30 Presented by Transform Minnesota and The Barnabas Group for Executive Directors and Development Directors

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An Interview with Rev. Richard Coleman

While I have hope, we can't dismiss residual affects of slavery impacting us today.

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How Does Ferguson Make You Feel?

There is a gaping chasm between the feelings and emotions experienced by whites and blacks in this country. We need to cross that emotional bridge.

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May 7: National Day of Pray

One Night, Body, Mission, Savior: National Day of Prayer at the University of Minnesota Mariucci Arena.

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May 8 & 9: On the High Seas Performance

You are invited to Reign Dance Theater's Swashbuckling Dance Theatrical "On the High Seas". This is a one weekend, rib-tickling, faith-inspiring production you'll not want to miss!

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May 11: SHALOM-The Minister’s Soul & A Heart of Peace

Join us Monday, May 11, as we continue our leader days of rest and renewal. These days have become staples in the rhythm of many Twin Cities ministry leaders over the last 13 years. This year we explore the impact on our lives and ministries of three fundamental and life giving movements of our hearts – Praise, Rest, & Peace.

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May 14 TCAMP: What's Happening in the Church in Europe?

Noon - 1:30 at Cross of Glory Church in Hopkins. Panel discussion about how the Church is being re-planted in post-Christian Europe.

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May 14: 55th Annual Minnesota Prayer Breakfast

Our focus...simply Jesus! Join leaders from all across Minnesota as we come together for fellowship and to pray for Minnesota.

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May 16: reviveTWIN CITIES-May Outreach

reviveTWIN CITIES is a ministry dedicated to partnering with local churches in the Twin Cities, equipping them for sharing the Gospel.

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Leaders equipped for work in the city

Ministry leaders from 30 different cities gathered at Bethel University for Creating Options Together

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Revive Twin Cities Report

Thousands of people and dozens of churches across the Twin Cities recently took part in the week long Revive Twin Cities.

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May 29 & 30-Dare To Dream: Single Moms Retreat

Join other single moms from across Minnesota for a weekend of relaxation, refreshing, and fun where we will “Dare [you] to Dream” about the plans God has for your life!

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Border Crisis

Letter to Congress; Perspective & resources from evangelical organizations.

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June 9: Fathers, Take Courage-God's Design for Fathers of Families Affected by Disability

Joni and Friends with Bethlehem Baptist presents Fathers, Take Courage an evening of real-life sharing about God’s design for fathers of families affected by disability and encouragement from Steve Bundy, Vice President of Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability.

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Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling

Every American should be glad that government is not so powerful that it can dictate our conscience.

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Moms and Stress

New survey reveals moms feel stressed - but satisfied.

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August 4-7: A VBS BOOT camp

August 4-7 at Riverside Church in Bloomington

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June 13: Stop the Trafficking 5K walk/run

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Our cities are personally affected by human trafficking including the sexual exploitation of children. The average age a child enters prostitution in the United States is 12- 14 years old and at least 100,000 children are exploited every year within our borders.

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August 6: Breeders-a subclass of women?

Explore the risks and ethical dilemmas of surrogacy and the commoditization of fertility and pregnancy.

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July 22: The Life of the Mind and the Life of the Church

Pastors seminar by MacLaurin Institute with Ken Myers exploring the life of the mind as part of Christian discipleship.

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Faribault churches work together to love Somalis

Evangelical churches in rural community are collaborating to demonstrate the Gospel and meet needs of Somali immigrants.

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Poverty, race and a way up

Conference to address providing options for those in poverty. July 22-25. Creating Options Together

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August 2nd: Jesus Fest

Saturday, August 2nd at Ojibway Park in Woodbury

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Christians and Marijuana Use

Most Christians say no. Only 32% of non-mainline Protestants favor legalization.

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Rochester Churches Team Up to Serve Neighbors

Member churches in Rochester team up to serve neighbors and community.

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Creating Options Conference Addresses Needs of Those in Poverty

Transform Minnesota offers scholarships to ministry partners of Cru Inner City. July 22-25.

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July 25-July 28: Single Life Workshop from Love After Marriage

Friday, July 25th-Monday, July 28th at Living Waters Church, Elk River

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How ‘Bible Minded’ Is Your City?

Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh rank higher than Minneapolis/St. Paul in belief in Bible's accuracy.

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July 6-10: Camp Kilimanjaro Vacation Bible School

Each year, Berea Lutheran Church offers a free, week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) program for children ages 4 to 8th grade. Daily they have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn more about their Savior through a variety of fun activities.

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Evangelicals and Catholics increasingly find ways to collaborate

Survey shows strong support for cooperation on common values of life, marriage and religious freedom.

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August 2nd-3rd: Restore

Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Grace Church in Eden Prairie

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Churches & City Partner to Combat Human Trafficking

Stop the Trafficking Citywide 5K run will raise awareness and resources to combat issue locally.

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How often do you attend church?

Attendance remains strong social norm in U.S., even non-religious feel pressure to report some church attendance.

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July 31 and August 1: WorshipMob-Encounter 2015

Wilderness Prayer Center and Prairie River Camp of Bricelyn, Minnesota will be hosting Christian recording group WorshipMob: Encounter 2015

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August 1: Sizzling Summer Celebration

Food, games, music, prizes and more!

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August 2: Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass Concert

The King’s Brass, formed over two decades ago, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country who desire to use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship.

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August 4: Night to Unite

Come meet new friends and neighbors! There will be music, puppet show, free ice cream, prize drawings every 15 minutes, Angry Bird games and much more!

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Nelson Leads Forum on Combatting Human Trafficking

Superbowl Champion Ben Utecht joins forum at Minnesota Prayer Breakfast.

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August 10-14: Immigrant Pathway Institute 2015

The class touches on every area of immigration law, including citizenship; family-based, employment-based, and other visas; inadmissibility and deportability issues; removal proceedings and defenses; asylum; and immigrant rights, as well as issues in legal practice, such as legal research; legal writing; interview skills; case management; and ethical responsibilities.

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August 12: Community Concert

Enjoy a summer night listening to a community concert celebrating Gospel music!

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June 5: Global Missionary Training Movements

TCAMP network consults with key national leaders of missionary training schools.

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August 14: Tim Hawkins LIVE

With special guest Jonnie W at New Hope Church

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Church Refugee & Community Gardens Thrive in Twin Cities

Metro churches provide gardening space to more than 1,250 gardeners last year, including many new refugees.

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August 21: Pretty Pretty

An event for women who find themselves in difficult situations.

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August 23: Calvary Heirs Concert

Come out and hear some southern Gospel music at Anoka Wesleyan Church in Anoka

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August-November: Disability Ministry on Sunday-How to Thrive and Survive

Joni and Friends are conducting church trainings that are offered on multiple days, times and at different locations. Check out more details inside!

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What's In a Church Name?

Churches without denominational name viewed as "less formal" according to recent research.

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Dozens of men find hope & restoration

30 men have already graduated from Christ-centered transition program in 2014.

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The Gospel, the Church & Immigration - AUDIO

Listen to Leith Anderson, the NAE President from Coming Together Conference in 2013, discussing the Biblical framework for immigration reform.

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Join the Network!

New online form allows participants to signup and join Transform Minnesota.

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September 18: What to do with my Life

Leading middle school and high school students toward vocational stewardship.

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September 19: Food Pack Program and Training

Our mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

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September 19: Faith in the halls of Power

A conversation about leadership, vocation, and faith and work

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September 12: Reconnecting with love and laughter-A one day marriage conference

Join us for this one-day marriage conference with special guest presenter, Greg Speck!

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September 21:MissionShift

This is a non-denominational college level introduction to cross-cultural ministry that meets one night per week during the school year. This program utilizes community and ministry leaders to "Equip Christians to Build and Lead Cross-Cultural Ministries."

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Religious leaders address violence in Central African Republic

Transform Minnesota calls on Christians to be peacemakers as NAE travels with US State Dept delegation seeking peace.

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September 22: All For One-Unity Brunch

A time to reconnect, rejoice and renew!

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September 23-November 1: 40 Days for Life Twins Cities

Be apart of a positive pro-life message for the community. Read on for more information on this event!

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Our Responsibility to the Ministry of Reconciliation

The ministry of reconciliation originates with God and encompasses our relationships with others.

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Pastor's Corner: Church, Let's Just Stop this Madness

Many issues today result from churches failing to give Biblical leadership to reconciliation in 50's and 60's. Let's give Jesus a chance to fix this.

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Time for Church to Talk Candidly About Race

Attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds writes that "in the law we learn that silence is acquiescence".

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Silence Says Something

Cries for God’s justice have echoed from pulpits, pews, prayer benches and street corners; but not from white evangelicals.

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October 1-3: Open Expo

Wooddale is hosting the Open Expo, along with co-sponsors: Grace Church, New Hope Church, Bethlehem Baptist, Reach Global and CMBC. It will be offered on three different days and time. Read on for more details!

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White Evangelicals and Race in America

Different life experiences lead to silence, feelings of abandonment. Church needs to acknowledge and work to heal division.

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Next Week - Let's give Jesus a chance to fix this

Next week 4 Christian leaders write to help us understand the issue of race today. Come back each day to read a new article.

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Good Friday CrossWalk

Mission: St. Paul will lead walk of humility & repentance on Good Friday, April 18. 11am. University & Dale Streets.

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Hillsong United will lead worship at UNITE National Day of Prayer

UNITE NDOP will be at the University of Minnesota in Mariucci Arena. Area pastors will lead prayer. Evangelist Nick Hall will present the Gospel.

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The American South remains country’s most religious region

Recent Gallup poll shows that more than 40% classify themselves as very religious. In Minnesota, 42% do so.

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October 9: A King is Coming Concert

Join us for a concert with Paul Wilbur and For His Name sake where there will be one heart, and one voice, and they will proclaim the Kings coming Reign!

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October 10: Called Out of Darkness

Please join Outpost Ministries for our 12th annual Called Out of Darkness Celebration, featuring testimonies of freedom and hope from those impacted by homosexuality.

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October 15: Middle East Ministry Forum

Transform Minnesota, in partnership with the NAE, is excited to host six evangelical leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance in the Middle East. These ministry leaders will...

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October 15: Evangelical Leaders Forum with Ed Stetzer

Transform Minnesota is excited to host Ed Stetzer, an expert analyst of American Christianity and Executive Director of Lifeway Research, at an Evangelical Leaders Forum.

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October 16 & 17-Agents for Redemptive Change: International Students Conference on Economic Development

The purpose of the conference is to challenge and equip international students and scholars to bring redemptive change in their home societies and in their workplaces by integrating a Christian perspective into their professional training and discovering, with other international students and scholars, new strategies for promoting human flourishing God’s way.

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October 17: FamilyLife "I Still Do" Marriage Simulcast

FamilyLife® announces the return of I Still Do®, a one-day marriage event that will strengthen the marriages and rekindle the romance of the couples in your churches and community.

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Oct 22: Strategic Planning Training

Transform Minnesota is offering another Ministry Equip training opportunity for nonprofits in our network. Join us to learn practical steps in creating a strategic plan for your organization. Click to read more.

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October 21: Rosaria Butterfield

Join us for An Evening with Rosaria Butterfield, author of the recently published book, Openness Unhindered: Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.

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October 22-24: North American Azerbaijani Network Forum

This forum will provide vital information and a fi rst staging point for your church or agency’s entry to work amongst the Azerbaijanis.

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Are Science and Religion at Odds?

Study shows evangelical scientists are more active in their faith than American evangelicals in general.

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What does an evangelical network do?

Carl Nelson explains work of Transform Minnesota: Relationships - Resources - Representation.

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October 23: New Life Family Services Annual Fundraising Banquet & Silent Auction

Join us for an inspirational evening celebrating all that God has done at New Life in the past year. We would be honored if you would join us for this special event.

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October 24: Teaching Inductive Bible Study to Kids Training Workshop

Get equipped, through this workshop, with practical ideas like playing games and doing special projects as well as how to use these studies in a group setting or during a child’s quiet time

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October 24: Trafficking Justice Quarterly Event

Trafficking Justice is a group comprised of churches, faith based organizations, and individuals that come together to fight for freedom.

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October 26th: Marriage Mentoring Summit

Discover a 4-step process revealing the most effective method of marriage mentoring while creating a 5-year strategy for your marriage ministry.

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October 26: Success & Stewardship - The Bell Lumber & Pole Co Story

A free business breakfast conversation with Tom Bell, fourth generation owner and President of Bell Lumber and Pole Company (Minneapolis). 7:30 am Shoreview

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November 2: Better Than Hollywood

People love stories. They are constantly watching stories on their tablets, TV’s & theatres. No wonder when God wrote the world’s best-selling book, He filled it with stories.

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Christian Leaders Thank President for Religious Liberty Stance

Grateful that President Obama spotlighted religious liberty at National Prayer Breakfast, but ask him to uphold religious freedoms in United States.

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Calvary Lutheran Church Welcomes New Pastor

Rev. Jeff Krogstad’s call follows retirement of Rev. Steve Dornbush in 2013. Congregation is excited by his vision to see Jesus transform lives.

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November 6-8: Serving Learners in Ministry: Learning and Coaching Strategies for Millennials in a Missions Agency

Serving Learners in Ministry is a 2-1/2 day interactive workshop for missions' leaders and mobilizers.

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United in Freedom

A 3-part series exploring racism in America, and the Kingdom of God as an alternative. Oct. 20 | Nov. 3 | Nov. 17.

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November 6: Preaching and Applying the Word in Changing Times Seminar

It’s our goal of this seminar to provide ministry leaders with training opportunities that can lead to more effective ministry.

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November 12 TCAMP: Reaching the world FROM a refugee camp

The church is alive and active even in the midst of the refugee crisis. Come hear recent reports, noon-1:30 at New Hope Church.

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November 23: Prayer Gathering for Minneapolis

Mon. Nov. 23, 7pm at Shiloh Temple. Ministerial and prayer networks gathering to pray for justice & peace in Minneapolis.

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NAE files brief in contraception mandate case

Says government does not have the right to violate the religious beliefs of any of its citizens, including business owners.

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State’s Leading Evangelical Group Urges Immigration Reform

Transform Minnesota is encouraged that House Republican leaders have signaled loud and clear that 2014 is the year for reform.

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Growing Circle of Churches Join "Revive Twin Cities" Mission

TCAMP Mission Leaders Network will introduce "Engage Twin Cities Mission Trip," set for July 2014, at their March 13 network meeting.

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Reconciliation, Restoration and Renewal

During Black History month, we need to dig deep into our history, and dig deep into the details of complex issues in order to discover solutions for today.

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Statement on GOP Principles for Immigraiton Reform

Evangelicals are encouraged that House Republican leaders have signaled loud and clear that 2014 is the year for reform.

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Do evangelicals like their name?

Recent poll shows majority prefer that label; want to be identified as people who take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

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December 8: Church Planting Panel

As a taste of the new certificate and concentration in church planting at Bethel Seminary that is being planned to begin in the fall of 2016, we will have four local experts in church planting share with us.

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December 10: Culture-Making & Christian Vocation

What is culture? Is it not more than an invisible, intangible construct? Come hear Andy Crouch discuss these questions and many more!

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Christian Faith is Foundation for Justice & Reconciliation

Early abolitionists drew from their faith; today's church must continue leading the cause."

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World Relief Minnesota is now Arrive Ministries

Name change, announced today, reflects growing partnership with churches.

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Evangelical Tribes Give Me Hope

The many groups, circles & tribes of evangelicalism inspire hope for possibilities. By Carl Nelson

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December 11: Mary Beth Carlson's Annual Christmas

Celebrate the season with Mary Beth and an extraordinary ensemble of talented musicians!

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January 9: IMPACT

IMPACT is a one-day retreat designed for students in grades 9-12 to spend time studying the Word of God. Through a practical and fun study of James, your students will be informed, inspired, and engaged!

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January 11-May 2: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Perspectives bring fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

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Response to Investigation of Archbishop Nienstedt

We hold public leaders to higher standards, but I pray – and believe – this allegation is untrue. By Carl Nelson

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January 16-Working Together: Transforming Our City

Please join us for the 4th Annual Mission St. Paul Martin Luther King Commemorative Service!

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January 21-23: Walking in Greatness

Join us for Extreme Conference 2016!

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January 28: Ministry Equip Training

In order for your compelling mission to be heard by donors, clients, and the public, you must have an effective communication strategy. Sharon Sampson, CEO of Open Book Communications, will present on the importance of "Why?"

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January 29-31: Freedom Weekend

Our annual educational volunteer recruitment event will prepare you for your impact in anti- human trafficking. Multiple events, times & dates to choose from! Many of our partners will be present. All volunteer opportunities will be represented.

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January 30: Laugh For Life

New Life Family Services invites you to an evening of laughter with a purpose!

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February 5-6: IGNITE

IGNITE is a 24-hour retreat for students in grades 7-9 designed to fuel their passion and discipline as Christ-followers.

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February 6: Men's No Regrets Conference

The No Regrets Men's Conference is an annual one-day event, designed to create an environment for men to be challenged in their relationship with the Lord at home, in the workplace, and in their ministry.

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February 11: 3RD ANNUAL Pastors Preview for UNITE

Come to pray, fellowship & a FREE lunch 11:30am-1:00pm on Thursday, February 11 at Cedar Valley Church.

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February 12-13: BoldIdea Workshop

God put a powerful idea inside you. Discover it at the BoldIdea Workshop.

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February 13: Christian Songwriters Meeting

Bring your original songs and sing it live or play your recorded tracks before an appreciative small group.

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February 26-27: MCtwo

Midwest Conference on Missionary Care is a two day conference for those in ministry. Fees are $60/$75. Click for more details and to register.

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February 28: Free to Worship-A Night of Praise and Worship

Be prepared for an exuberant and amazingly high and deep praise and worship experience at this night of worship!

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March 3: Q Commons

Join us Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 7pm - 9pm, as we gather at City Church to learn and consider how to advance good in Minneapolis. Click for more information.

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March 10: TCAMP - The spoken WORD for more than 1 BILLION oral learners

How can oral learners personally engage with God’s Word unless it comes to them in an appropriate format? Learn about orality missions efforts Thursday, March 10 from Noon – 1:30.

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March 11-April 2: Kingdom Undone, a locally produced passion play

The critically acclaimed play with a compelling twist on the last days of Judas and Jesus gets an immersive re-staging in an intimate new venue, Art House North in Saint Paul. The one-hundred-ten-year-old-church-turned-performance space is being transformed into a Middle Eastern marketplace. The audience will be surrounded by the action, and sometimes directly involved in it, the two Acts being bridged by an interactive Passover "meal" with fresh baked bread and herbs.

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March 15: Pastors Tutorial on ISIS

Pastors, join us for a free breakfast tutorial 8-10am on Tuesday, March 15 to receive information & ask questions.

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March 17: Ministry Equip Training - Faith-based Employment Standards

"No more employee problems" is a goal for any organization, but especially for faith-based nonprofits who carry a unique religious identity. This session will focus specifically on the HR & employee challenges that faith-based organizations encounter. Hosted by Gray Plant Mooty. You don't want to miss this one! Invite & register today.

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March 19: Testimony Night

Join us for a night of hearing powerful testimonies of how God is working in peoples lives!

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March 25: Good Friday Prayer for Muslims

Prayer for the 200,000 Muslims living in MN. 11:00am-1:00pm, Wooddale Church. Click for details.

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March 31 ROCHESTER: Pastor's Tutorial on ISIS

Pastors & ministry leaders, join us for a free breakfast tutorial 9:30-11:30am in ROCHESTER to receive information & ask questions.

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March 30-31, April 1: Spring Revival Services

This is our annual revival services for impartation and strengthening of the members of the church, and also the Body of Christ.

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March 31-April 1: Take the Church Forum

Pastors and Church Leaders Forum 2016 with a Short-Term Mission Leader Track, hosted by Bethany International. Click for details.

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April 1-3: iDisciple Basic Training Seminar

The goal of this 3 day training seminar is to equip you to fully engage the life of a disciple of Jesus with the focus on completing the Great Commission. Click for more information.

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April 7: Holy Sexuality - Church Summit

How can the church teach and live out grace and truth in regard to sexual identity? Thursday, April 7, 9am-4pm, with guest speaker & author Dr. Mark Yarhouse. Click for more details.

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April 9: East-Central MN Church Summit on Holy Sexuality

East-Central MN Church Summit on Holy Sexuality, featuring Dr. Mark Yarhouse & Dr. David Clark. 9:00-11:30am, Saturday, April 9. Click for details.

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April 12: 56th Minnesota Prayer Breakfast

For 55 years, leaders from around Minnesota have gathered together to pray and reflect on the teachings of Jesus. We invite you to make plans now to attend this special breakfast

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April 15 & 16: Exalt His Name

We will exalt Him through worship, teaching, prayer, artistic expression, and outreach. He is worthy of our praise!

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April 16: Culture, Beauty, and the Church: A Conversation with Makoto Fujimura

This event is presented by Bethel Seminary's Work with Purpose initiative, Made to Flourish pastors' network, MacLaurinCSF, and several local churches .

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April 16: Piano Concert with Zelit Leite

He is a pianist from Brazil and He has a new album " Summer Feelings." He is on a Tour across the Midwest States.

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April 16: Pure Pleasure Conference

Defeating Lust & Sexual Exploitation by Embracing God's Design for Sexuality

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April 17: Global Worship 9

The Twin Cities rich cultural heritage will be highlighted for the ninth year by a huge concert event!

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April 23: Revive Twin Cities

Join with other believers for an afternoon and evening of Outreach, Worship, and Unity in the body of Christ!

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April 30: Sex Trafficking in the Midwest

Sex Trafficking in the Midwest Seminars educate, bring awareness and empower to make a difference.

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May 1 UNITE National Day of Prayer w/ Hillsong United

All ages prayer & worship at the University of Minnesota - Mariucci Arena.

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May 4- Global Worship

4:00 pm at St Paul's Lutheran Church

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May 5: National Day of Prayer Event

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

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May 5: UNITE National Day of Prayer

Join us for the largest prayer gathering in the US! Thursday, May 5, 7PM at Mariucci Arena.

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May 6: Birth Mother Dinner

The theme for this year’s event is “No Matter How Far.” No matter how far apart in distance, thought, or time a birth mother and her child may be, love is what holds them together.

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May 7: MPK Christian Celtic Band Concert

If you like Christian Celtic Music this is a perfect time to listen to this band!

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May 12 TCAMP: Training Opportunity! Disciple Making Movements

Connect with other mission pastors, missionaries and leaders at the TCAMP mission leaders network gathering on Thursday, May 12 from Noon - 1:30 at Bethany Baptist Church. Click for details.

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May 13 & 14- Esther: When Hope Hides

Join us for this exciting rendition of the amazing true story of Esther Queen of Persia

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May 14-16: Twin Cities Justice Weekend

Join the dozen+ churches across the Twin Cities who will be highlighting justice this weekend. Events include Justice Concert & Pastors Justice Breakfast. Click for details.

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May 17: Pastors & Ministry Leaders Seminar: Helping Young People Form Faith that Sticks in Life and Work

This event is presented by Bethel Seminary's Work with Purpose initiative, Made to Flourish pastors' network, and MacLaurinCSF.

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May 19 Ministry Equip Training: Fundraising Series Kick-off

Join us on Thursday, May 19 from 8:30-11:00 to hear the Biblical perspective of fundraising and how it has impacted the development of four local organizations.

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May 21: Home Town Tour

This is a one-day intensive workshop empowering churches to serve and support the local foster and adopted children and families in their communities primarily through family support efforts.

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May 26: LINC Talks

Join us to discuss The Need to Become Multi-Ethnic Churches. Luncheon, Thursday, May 26 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Click for details.

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June 4: Run For Hope

RUN FOR HOPE is a 5K to support Source Anti-Trafficking. Click for details and to register.

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June 7-11: Sahara Challenge

Sahara Challenge is a seminary level training course that provides an intense level of in-depth teaching and application for Muslim Ministry. Presented by Crescent Project, hosted by Bethel University. Click for more details.

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June 11: Stop the Trafficking

Stop the Trafficking is a collaborative, community wide event to raise awareness about human trafficking.

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June 15-18: Common Ground Training

Common Ground Consultants, Inc. equip people to "Build Bridges of Trust that Bear the Weight of Truth" Click to register.

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June 18th and 25th: Walk and Run for Life

Join hundreds of others as we walk and run for life! This event with a purpose is filled with fun for people of all ages. Register as a walker or runner and raise pledges to support life. The funds raised directly support New Life Family Services’ pregnancy centers in providing free pregnancy-related services.

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June 23 Ministry Equip: Fundraising Analytics

Joshua Birkholz, principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, will present on the importance of prospect analytics and fundraising strategies. Join us Thursday, June 23 from 8:30-11:00am at Transform Minnesota for part two of our Summer Fundraising Series.

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June 25: Walk With Compassion

Walk With Compassion is the walk to end child poverty. Leading up to the walk, Twin Cities is working together to raise life-changing funds benefiting children in the developing world suffering from extreme poverty.

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July 10: Pray Together Sunday

Will your church participate in Pray Together Sunday and commit to a time of prayer in your worship service on July 10? With a unified voice, we will join together and ask Jesus to reset our hearts and our nation. Pray Together Sunday will kick-o­ff the week leading up to Together 2016, a national campaign to bring 1 million people to the National Mall for a day of worship and prayer on Saturday, July 16.

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July 9: Prayer for Justice

Please join us in praying for justice in our world.

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July 10: End Slavery on Lake Volta

Come hear Kaign Christy, Ghana Field Office Director for International Justice Mission, describe the situation on Lake Volta.

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July 13: Covenantal Theology

Join us to hear Dr. Paul Eddy speak on covenant theology. Wednesday, July 13 from 9:00-11:30am at City Church.

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July 16: TOGETHER

Fill the National Mall with 1 million people coming TOGETHER for Jesus. Click for details.

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July 19: Unity Service at Shiloh Temple

Unity Service - We are Praising God and Moving Forward! This is a critical time of coming together to pray against the divisive tricks of the enemy that have attacked our community. All people who love God and want justice to prevail are invited, as African American clergy demonstrate that bridges are being built, not walls.

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July 20 Ministry Equip: Digital Fundraising

It is time to bring your fundraising into the digital age! Join us Wednesday, July 20, 8:30-11:00am for part three of our Summer Fundraising Series: The Use of Digital Tools in Fundraising.

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July 22-23: Epic Breakdown: Movie Making 101

An overview of the art of filmmaking with Katie Travis.

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Catholics & Evangelicals Call for Immigration Reform

Leaders ask Minnesota Christians to urge their Congressional Representatives to pass just, compassionate immigration reform .

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July 26: Is the Refugee Crisis Over?

Please join us from 8-10am for a free and informative event with Matthew Soerens, co-author of the recently released book SEEKING REFUGEE on the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis.

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August 1-5: "Find Your Way" Vacation Bible School

Saint James VBS presents Bible lessons with: skits, videos, puppet shows, fun games, songs, crafts, lots of lively singing, music & fun-filled ways to learn Bible passages!

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August 3- October 16: Foundations of Biblical Leadership Class

This is a course that is suitable for teachers, mentors, small group leaders, ministry leaders and church elders, as well as people who lead outside of the four walls of the church building, i.e. supervisors, team leads, and managers.

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August 7: Operation Christmas Child Benefit Concert

Come and tap your foot to some Southern Gospel hits and enjoy piano music that will soothe your soul, all the while supporting the worldwide efforts of Operation Christmas Child.

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September 8th: 11th Annual Gold Classic

Monday, September 8th at Bearpath Golf and Country Club

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August 13 Faith Night at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins will host Faith Night at Target Field presented by Praise FM on Saturday, August 13, when the Twins take on the Kansas City Royals. The event will feature a postgame program featuring live worship music and testimonies by Brian Dozier, Kyle Gibson and other Twins players.

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August 18: Distinctions for Youth

In preparation for the new school year, we invite youth pastors, youth leaders, and parents of youth to join us for this seminar designed to empower leaders to form an educated, biblical, and compassionate response to gender and sexual confusion. Join us August 18, 9-11:30am at Substance Church North Campus.

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August 24 Ministry Equip: Engaging Financial Leaders

Cultivating a Culture of Sustainable Giving. Launching a giving ministry isn’t only about money. It’s about raising up people to fulfill the mission and vision God has placed on our hearts. Kimberly Stewart, Executive Director of Development at Eagle Brook Church will share the way they were able to develop a stewardship culture that has led to sustainable giving, with an emphasis on financial leaders.

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Cover-to-Cover Bible Survey - Online

Study God's Word from the comfort of your home! Look inside for more details!

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August 26: HymnSing with the Roots Worship Collective

Roots Worship Collective, strives to bring unity to the Body of Christ, and hymn sings are an active way of generating unity locally and providing a space for members of other churches to meet each other interdenominationally. We invite you to join us for a night of Hymns, Psalms, and Old Time Gospel music. Come with your voices warmed up and ready to sing along!

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July 21-27: Revive Twin Cities

7:00 am-6:30 pm daily. Location still to be determined.

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September 8 TCAMP: Avoiding Dependency in Missions

Please join us on Thursday, September 8, Noon - 1:30pm to discuss Avoiding Dependency in Missions. Unhealthy Dependency makes a great percentage of our mission goals and work counterproductive. During this TCAMP, we will explore the consequences, the causes, and most importantly the sacrifices we need to make to avoid creating a culture of unhealthy dependency. Click for details.

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September 14: Discipleship with Monday in Mind

Join fellow pastors and ministry leaders, along with pastor and author Tom Nelson, to explore the perils of the lack of faith, work, and economic integration in the life and mission of the local church. Hosted by Bethel University.

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MissionShift

September 22, 2014 through May 11, 2015 at St Paul Lutheran Evangelical Church

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September 26th: Prayer Vigil

Friday, September 26th at the Upper Mall of State Capitol

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September 27th: Lovin' Moms and Dads Seminar

Saturday, September 27th at Village Church in Maple Plain

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September 28th: Free showing of "God's Not Dead"

Sunday, September 28th at Woodbury 10 Theatre

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September 29th: UNITE Pastor's Launch

Please click for more information about the Pastor's Gathering!

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September 29: Business as Mission Workshop

This seminar explores the role of business people in church and mission.

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Oct. 1-2 SCC's Justice Weekend

The Sanctuary Covenant Church will host the 2nd Annual Justice Weekend with special Guest Lisa Sharon Harper on October 1st and 2nd. Join us as we explore the intersection of faith and justice in the Church. At this year's justice weekend we will focus on the concept of Shalom and Witness with author Lisa Sharon Harper.

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October 6: Community Session with Dr. Christopher Yuan

Join us to hear from Dr. Christopher Yuan as he articulates a Biblical View of sexuality through the narrative of his personal transformation.

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October 6: A Christian Response to Homosexuality (Twin Cities Pastors)

Twin Cities pastors, join us! In light of the growing relevance of sexual identity today, we offer this morning seminar for pastors and ministry leaders as a resource to expand and deepen theological understanding of human sexuality. How should Christians respond in a gospel-centered way to homosexuality and those in the LGB community? How do we minister to those experiencing same-sex attractions and offer a safe and redemptive place to grow in Christ?

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October 9: Q Commons Twin Cities

7-9pm at Christ Presbyterian Church: Hear inspiring stories for engaging culture to advance the common good. Presented by Transform Minnesota, The Table at CPC and Q ideas.

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October 7: A Christian Response to Homosexuality (Rochester Pastors)

Rochester pastors, join us! In light of the growing relevance of sexual identity today, we offer this morning seminar for pastors and ministry leaders as a resource to expand and deepen theological understanding of human sexuality. How should Christians respond in a gospel-centered way to homosexuality and those in the LGB community? How do we minister to those experiencing same-sex attractions and offer a safe and redemptive place to grow in Christ?

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October 7 - 8: INDULGE Seminar

Join us as we explore what unbounded spiritual appetites look like in the many trials and joys of the Christian life. Free 2 Day Seminar hosted by Bethlehem College & Seminary.

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October 11th-Homosexuality: How do we respond?

Saturday, October 11th at Sojourn Campus Church in Minneapolis

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October 13: Q Commons

Join the conversation: “Engaging our Divided Nation.” National and local speakers will lead 9 minute talks on how we can engage our cultural moment and consider how to advance good in Minneapolis.

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October 15: Health & Wellness Caregivers Matter

An event for community and church patrons. This one-day event will bring together health professionals, clinicians, physicians, caregivers, dynamic speakers, educators, vendors, and experts in care-giving and healthcare reform. Hosted at Shiloh Temple International Ministries.

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October 15: Evangelios

Christ through Four Gospel Portraits Hispanic Pastors Seminar by Juan Hernandez, professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Bethel University. Cristo a través de los Cuatro Evangelios" explorará las contribuciones históricas, literarias y teológicas de cada uno de losEvangelios del Nuevo Testament a la cuestión de la identidad y la misión de Jesús para sus primeros lectores. La serie comenzará con unaintroducción general a los cuatro evangelios y luego explorará cada uno individualmente y de manera más detallada.

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October 17-18: Prophetic School

October 17th-18th at North Heights Lutheran Church

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October 21-22 BELONG Tour

The BELONG Tour (formerly known as "Women of Faith") is a two-day experience challenging women to discover their purpose, pursue their passion, and live out their faith.

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October 18th: Walk 'n' Roll

Saturday, October 18th at Burnes Park in Hopkins, Mn

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October 17-18: IGNITE Conference

Friday, October 17- Saturday, October 18 at Bethel University

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October 21-22: Unveiled Conference

Highly respected leaders from the Middle East, East Africa and the USA will give testimony to what God has done and is currently doing, and challenge our hearts to be unveiled to God’s call. Hosted by Grace Church, Eden Prairie.

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Preaching Seminar: October 23

Thursday, October 23 at Bethel University

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Lifekeys Train the Trainer: October 23-24

Thursday, October 23 through Friday, October 24 at Westwood Community Church

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October 25: Business Executive Working Luncheon

Since 1939, CBMC Northland groups have been meeting in the Twin Cities area. CBMC Business Forums are peer advisory groups led by a trained moderator and are comprised of 8-12 business owners and senior level leaders that meet in a Christ centered, confidential meeting once per month for the purpose of sharpening each other personally and professionally. This luncheon is intended to provide business leaders with information regarding the launch and opportunity of Christian Business Men’s Connection’s monthly Peer Advisory Forums in the downtown Minneapolis area. 11AM - 3PM, Minneapolis Club.

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October 28: UNITE Local

This is an evening for the Church to come together and pray for the Twin Cities.

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October 30: A Taste of Timber Bay

Come for a taste of delicious Hors d’oeuvres; leave with a taste of how you can partner with Timber Bay and provide safe, caring mentors for the youth in our community.

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Oct. 30: Transforming Churches to Transform Communities

Seminar with Eric Swanson, author of "Externally Focused Church". 10:30-2:30. Presented by Crossroads Alliance and Redeemer Covenant churches in Brooklyn Park. Early-bird rate through Transform Minnesota.

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Friday, October 31st: Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 31st from 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm

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November 1: Live|Dead - a call to action

Join us to hear a powerful message from Dick Brogden, director of Live Dead as we discuss local and global unreached people groups. Tuesday, November 1 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Cedar Valley Church.

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November 1: Provoke & Inspire Seminar

Come&Live! Provoke & Inspire - a worldwide series of seminars designed to awaken and empower Christian artists to use their God-given creativity to revolutionize the world, locally and globally, for Jesus! Presented by Wooddale Church. Click for details.

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November 5: Make it Zero

You may not know it, but our communities have a growing problem. Children everywhere are at risk of sexual exploitation, not just in the big cities. Come hear Mary Frances Bowley, executive director of Wellspring Living, author of The White Umbrella and her most recent book, Make It Zero, lift the veil on this darkness and discuss simple yet critical ways we can get involved. Sponsored by Trinity Church.

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November 5: Clean Comedy Night

The 4th Annual Clean Comedy Night featuring Amy Barnes. Presented by The Mission and hosted at Revive Brooklyn Park Church, 7PM.

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November 5: Better Together - A Love & Money Story

Better Together: A Love & Money Story is an evening for couples to gain a greater understanding of their money story and how it impacts their marriage. Built on sound research and biblical principles, this event challenges couples to explore their relationship both with money and with each other. 6-9:30PM - Music Box Theater, Minneapolis.

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November 9 Ministry Equip: Entangled in Email

On average, you handle more than 100 emails each day. What you do with that 100 (or more!) can sink your productivity, waste your time, and make you feel frustrated. Many of the email habits we’ve formed are bad ones. Take control of your emails to make them work for you. Learn strategies to get more done each day at this Ministry Equip Training.

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November 10 TCAMP: Contextualization - How Far Can & Should We Go?

Connect with other mission pastors, missionaries and leaders at the TCAMP mission leaders network gathering on Thursday, November 10 from noon-1:30.

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Nov. 13 TCAMP: The Church's Response to Ebola

Noon - 1:30. Meet with Executive Director of Liberian Ministers Association of Minnesota. Learn how the epidemic is affecting people in Liberia and how we can stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Liberian church.

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November 12: Every Child Every Church

Christ has called ALL of us to care for the widow's and the orphans. Come see how you can make a difference.

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November 17-19: Lee Strobel Events

Three Opportunities to Hear Lee Strobel - Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas. Click for details.

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November 19: Marriage Booster Retreat

When was the last time you and your spouse had time to really focus on each other and the issues that touch your marriage? That is is exactly what a Family Fest Marriage Retreat will help you do. Click for details.

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November 19: Refix-ideology Conference

The Stream of Nations in Affiliation with NAMB invites YOU to REFIX-IDEOLOGY. Click for details.

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January 9 TCAMP: Business as Mission

B4T is a new model of doing missions; a radical approach to reaching the unreached via business by working hand in hand with the local sending church. Connect with other mission leaders and learn about this new model. Click for details.

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January 9 & 16: World Religions Class - Taoism, Shintoism and Confusionism

The MissionShift Institute is offering a FREE World Religions Class

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Starts January 9: New Testament Survey

Village Schools of the Bible helps students discover the unity of the Bible and encounter God through His Word

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January 26 Ministry Equip: Finding Funding

Understanding how to effectively write grants is a useful tool for nonprofits. Comprehending how to find potential funding opportunities is equally important. Join us as we walk through the landscape of grants.

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February 3rd-25th: 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical

The hit musical comedy returns for its fifth Valentine's season! It’s the show that will have you elbowing your date in the ribs, sneaking a kleenex from a nearby purse, and/or laughing 'til it hurts-so-good.

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February 4: Off The Streets SUPER Run 5K

A 5K walk/run on February 4, 2017 in the concourse of Target Field. 100% of proceeds go toward fighting human trafficking among youth in our city. Click for details.

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February 17: The Insanity of God Community Film Screening

Nik & Ruth Ripken's LIVE Testimony & The Insanity of God Community Film Screening. Join us to see the recently released documentary film The Insanity of God, based on the life and stories of Nik & Ruth Ripken.

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February 17-18: The Insanity of God Conference

Join Nik & Ruth Ripken at this 2 day conference. Click for details.

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February 16: PULSE Pastors Summit

Pastors and leaders from all across the Midwest will gather together to pray and hear the vision for Pulse Twin Cities. The local church is coming together for a season of outreach in the Twin Cities. Will your church join? Come hear how to get involved.

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February 17-18: Missionary Care Conference

Learn & be inspired to care for your church's missionaries. Click for details.

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February 18 & 19: Sessions with Dr. John Perkins

Dr. Perkins is one of the foremost racial reconciliation advocates in the world and will be here to share his story at a breakfast and in interviews.

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February 21: Six Ways to Implement a Whole-Life Discipleship Making Church

What would happen if our churches were places that envisioned, equipped, encouraged, and empowered people to be fruitful in the places where they find themselves during the week?

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February 24: This Is Why We Dream

In honor of Black History Month, City Church is hosting a special musical experience. “This Is Why We Dream” is an original musical that celebrates the music of the African American experience. A cast of vocalists, instrumentalists and actors bring this dynamic and colorful part of American History to life through gospel, blues and jazz. Written by Sam Reeves together with special guest Robert Robinson.

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February 25: Twin Cities Outreach

This outreach event is an opportunity to serve the community's spiritual needs by loving, listening and sharing -- leaving people feeling blessed, hope-filled and encouraged.

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March 2: Standing with Refugees

Engage with other pastors, ministry leaders, and missionaries around this important, timely topic about Standing with Refugees – as we are both pro-security and pro-refugee. Learn facts and ways to talk about the status of the church’s call and ability to welcome refugees. Click for details.

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March 9: Growing Young Pastors & Ministry Leaders Seminar

This seminar, with Kara Powell, explores findings as well as stories of real-life churches that are thriving. You’ll leave with a host of doable ideas to help your church right now. Your church doesn’t have to grow old—come discover new ways to grow young!

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March 9: LU Praise Gospel Choir

Nationally acclaimed LU Praise Gospel Choir invites you to join them for a free concert featuring music in the African-American gospel choral tradition.

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March 11: Grow! Leadership Conference

God has strategically placed churches in rural areas and small towns in order to impact our culture for the Kingdom of God. This conference will provide pastors and board members of these churches information on how to minister effectively, encourage them to see their unique role in God's plan, and help them take the steps that can impact their world for all of eternity. Litchfield, MN.

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March 17-19: Freedom Weekend

Click for a listing of events taking place during Freedom Weekend.

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March 18: Praise Brought Me Through

This gospel tour features Award Winner - Myron Butler; Sunday's Best Season 3 Winner - LeAndria Johnson; Sunday's Best Finalist - William Demps, and Twin Cities own - The Hurst Experience and Ebenezer Church Community Choir.

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March 21-26: 6th Annual Convention Celebration

The Recreation Fire and Miracles Ministries Annual Convention Celebration is taking place to celebrate and appreciate God's grace over the ministry and to seek for the move of God over the community.

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March 24: MERGE Twin Cities Night of Prayer

We invite you and your congregation, friends, and family to come join with other believers from among the many ethnic and national backgrounds from across the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to pray for the Lord to unite, save, and give hope to our diverse city.

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March 24: Dr. Brian Volck "Attending Others: A Physician's Education in Bodies and Words"

Dr. Brian Volck, MD will read from his recent memoir "Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words." Hear his reflections on practice of medicine well beyond formal education.

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March 25: Hispanic Pastor's Conference - Christ Through the Four Gospels

"Christ through Four Gospel Portraits" will continue to explore the distinct historical, literary and theological contributions of each the NT Gospels to the question of the identity and mission of Jesus for its earliest readers. The series began with a general introduction to the four gospels in October (2016). Our next study on March 25th will explore the contributions of Mark's Gospel to the message of Christ and to the call to Christian discipleship.

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March 27 & 28: The Gospel & Race Conference

2 Part Event. Discover ways to move beyond conversation. Come join us for an evening with Dwayne Bond to hear his perspective on ways the church can respond to the growing need to move beyond conversation.

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March 30: Religion and Human Flourishing in a Globalized World

Dr. Miroslav Volf, Yale Divinity School, explains why we need religion to address the challenges of globalization.

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March 31: iDisciple Seminar

Click for details on the iDisciple Training - Intended to equip you to fully engage the life of a disciple of Jesus with the focus on completing the Great Commission

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March 30-31: Pastors and Church Leaders Forum

Join other pastors and church leaders in discovering how your church can participate in completing the Unfinished Task of Global Evangelization. This missions forum is designed just for Pastors, Church leaders, Mission Leaders, and Short-Term Mission advocates to “Join the Conversation” on current issues and trends in missions relevant to the church.

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April 8: Love Moves Conference

Love Moves Conference featuring speaker Claude Hickman and a variety of workshops. Click for details.

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April 14: Good Friday Prayer for Muslims

Join us as we intercede for the 200,000 Muslims living in Minnesota and the 1.7 billion worldwide, who don’t know Christ as their Savior.

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April 14: Mission St. Paul Good Friday CrossWalk

Mission St. Paul, an interdenominational collaboration of churches, pastors, and ministries seeking the peace and welfare of the city of St. Paul, is hosting its annual Good Friday CrossWalk: A Walk of Humility and Repentance, in the neighborhoods along University Ave. and Dale St. in St. Paul. This is an opportunity for us as the church here in this city to publicly identify with Christ in His suffering for our city.

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April 19: Design for Non-Designers

This is a class that offers some helpful, backbone graphic design skills to people who aren’t officially designers, but find themselves doing the work anyhow. Come learn the basic rules of graphic design.

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April 20: Charmaine Royal "Race, Genetics, and Identity: A Christian Exploration"

What do we mean when we talk about race? In this lecture, Dr. Royal will explore what genetics and social science tell us about race and racial difference. In doing so, she’ll discuss how her Christian faith motivates and informs the study of racial and ethnic difference and the aims of reconciliation.

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April 27: Transform Ideas, The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony

Transform Ideas is a public forum designed to inspire, inform and engage Christians as thoughtful citizens of the Kingdom of God, serving the common good.“The Timeless Call for Racial Harmony” will address the history of race and the sin of racism in America, pieces of our present day situation, and a future hope rooted in the Church’s call to move forward with reconciliation and unity in the Kingdom of God.

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May 4 & 18: Leading a Flourishing Team

How you lead your nonprofit and work with others matters. Maximizing your individual strengths and the strengths of your team is crucial for the flourishing of your ministry. Once you better understand yourself and one another, you can capitalize on your strengths and roles for a better quality work environment and more effective outcomes in ministry. Join us for this 2-part interactive leadership development training.

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May 5-6: Keep Your Love On

Keep Your Love On reveals the higher, Jesus–focused standard defined by mature love—love that stays ‘on’ no matter what. Danny Silk’s practical examples and poignant stories will leave you with the power to draw healthy boundaries, communicate in love, and ultimately protect your connections so you can love against all odds.

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May 5 & 6: Appointment with Destiny

Please join us for two days of glory-filled worship and kingdom training. Learn the keys for prospering in kingdom living and purpose - unlocked and unhindered! Jesus is calling...it's time to be free, bold, and radiant!

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May 6: Justice-Seekers Twin Cities Prayer and Worship Gathering

Join justice-seekers across the Twin Cities for this powerful prayer and worship event.

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May 11 TCAMP: Maximizing Short-term Missions Impact

Hear from local missions leaders about Short-term Missions Strategy. Connect with other missions pastors, missionaries and leaders at the TCAMP mission leaders network gathering on Thursday, May 11 from noon-1:30.

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May 11: Dismal Science, Glorious God: Biblical Decision-Making and the Language of Enterprise

In this second lecture in Bethlehem College & Seminary's Commerce and Vocation Series, Dr. David Kotter (Dean and Professor of New Testament Studies, Colorado Christian University School of Theology) will join us to discuss how the Bible gives wisdom and a foundation for all decision-making, including in vocational enterprises.

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May 12-13: Reign Dance Theater presents "FLASHBACK"

Join Reign Dance Theater for the return of their original dance theatrical production of FLASHBACK, a fun telling of an aspiring filmmaker whose unexpected project sends him reeling into the greatest encounter of his life!

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May 16: 57th Minnesota Prayer Breakfast

An inspiring morning for church, business and civic leaders around the state to gather with the Governor in the teachings of Jesus, fellowship and prayer for a stronger Minnesota.

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June 1: 9th Annual Pastors Appreciation Lunch

Join us for fellowship, prayer, prizes and a wonderful lunch. Free for pastors!

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June 2-3: Single Moms Retreat

Join with single moms from across Minnesota for a weekend of relaxation, refreshing, and fun as you are encouraged to “Dare to Dream” about the plans God has for your life!

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June 2-5: Love Somalia Food Pack

On June 2-5, 2017, help pack 6 million meals to feed Somalia — a country on the brink of famine.

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June 8 TCAMP: Assisting International Partners to Effectively Engage the Unreached

On Thursday, June 8, Bethany International will be hosting 50 mission agency representatives for a networking and strategy luncheon. The invitation is open to the TCAMP network. Click for details.

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June 20-24: Sahara Challenge

Held every summer in Minnesota, Sahara Challenge provides in-depth teaching and application by high-level instructors, followed by a short-term trip to a Muslim culture.

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June 30: MERGE Twin Cities Prayer Meeting

Christians of every denomination coming together to pray for the city and unreached immigrant populations in the city.

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July 9: Pray Together Sunday

Dedicate a portion of your churches July 9th worship service to a time of prayer for spiritual renewal in our communities and country for Pray Together Sunday.

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July 13: Finding Funding Part 2

Distinguish How to Position Your Organization with Faith-Based and Secular Funders

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July 19: Uncovering Hidden Shame

This seminar will focus on resourcing pastors on the profile of offenders, the stages of succumbing to temptation, and how the Church can minister and offer hope to those struggling with secret sexual sins.

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July 20-22: United in Christ Conference

Join us for three unforgettable days as Christian leaders involved in Native ministry challenge us. There will be plenary sessions, workshop break-outs, exhibits of ministry, panel discussions, concerts of worship, and opportunities to network with Native leaders and ministries working among tribal groups throughout North America. 

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July 21: MERGE Twin Cities Prayer Meeting

Christians of every denomination coming together to pray for the city and unreached immigrant populations in the city.

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August 24: Living Reconciliation

In a world increasingly divided into "us and them," how can we begin to build bridges across the divide? What does it look like to be a reconciler in my daily life with my co-workers, neighbors, and the broader community? 

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September 13: An Evening with Tom Nelson on the Economics of Neighborly Love

Calling all pastors! Join your fellow pastors for dinner and discussion as we spend an evening together learning how to grow in both compassion and capacity. 

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September 21: Refugees 101: Path to Resettlement

Learn the basic facts of refugee resettlement, hosted by Arrive Ministries. A space to ask questions and learn about our newest neighbors.

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September 27-November 5: 40 Days for Life Twin Cities

40 Days for Life Twin Cities is the local campaign of the largest international prayer campaign to end abortion. Since 2007, this Christian interdenominational movement has had over 750,000 individual participants, spanning 40 countries and over 19,000 churches.

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September 28: Transform Ideas - Creation Care

Explore the effect of a changing environment on resources and vulnerable populations. What are the changes occurring? Who do they impact? Learn and discuss at the Transform Ideas public forum on Creation Care.

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September 28: Fall Pastors Summit

You and your pastoral leadership team are invited to gather together for a free lunch at the Fall Pastors Summit. Together we’ll worship God, pray for our city, and dive into details about what’s ahead this fall as we approach PULSE Twin Cities outreach on May 18, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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October 3: Minnesota Community Leader Luncheon

Come hear Focus on the Family President, Jim Daly, share about the approximately 489 children and youth in Minnesota who go to bed every night without a permanent family, wondering if tomorrow they will be forced to leave...again. And Minnesota has over 5,000 churches. This means the church can be a part of the solution for these kids! And as a pastor or church or community leader, we need your help!

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October 3: Purple Light Rally

Learn about the effects of the Super Bowl on Sex Trafficking and how you and your church can be a part of changing it. 

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October 5: Daring Generosity Evangelical Leaders Forum

We invite you to this Evangelical Leaders Forum luncheon featuring Brad Hewitt, Rob Ketterling, and Carl Nelson. Dare Generosity! Gain tools to help your church experience the health of abundant generosity.

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October 6-28: Bucket Brigade presents "SAM'S SON"

A New Prohibition-era Musical: Gifted with unnatural strength, Sam Jr. wants to accomplish great things, but his reverend father seeks to shelter him from the wide world. When a Prohibition agent comes digging for secrets in the town of Goode, Sam and his father get caught up in a tangled mission of truth, where lies get revealed at great cost. 

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October 7: A Matter of Life or Death: Understanding Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) and Euthanasia

Gain a fuller understanding from both a medical and biblical perspective on this highly charged issue—and be equipped to interact with our culture with a godly response.

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October 10: Bridging the Gap between Work and Church

Do your church experiences and your day-to-day activities ever seem miles apart? Secure your seat for this must-attend event featuring Dan Mead, former president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, and Dan Nold, lead pastor of Calvary Church in Pennsylvania. Discover how these leaders came to personally understand the intersection of work and faith.

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October 12: The Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation Fall Gala

Come enjoy a wonderful Gala dinner and hear about some of the amazing new opportunities opening up for the Pilgrim Center both here in the USA and in Africa.

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October 13: The Common Good Conference

This conference is for those who want to explore the role the common good should play in our Christian lives, and for those who are already working in their communities and want to dig deeper. By bringing individuals committed to their cities together for an innovative and interactive learning experience, cg2017 will empower the local church as a primary agent of cultural renewal for the common good.

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October 14: Called Out of Darkness

Announcing Outpost Ministries' 13th annual Called Out of Darkness Celebration!

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October 18: Boomers and The Church - What You Need to Know

You're invited to attend a presentation and resource fair sponsored by The Fountains at Hosanna! where LaRhae Knatterud, aging transformation expert and chief staff of Minnesota's Aging 2030 initiative, will speak to how metro churches can prepare for a permanent shift in the age of our population.

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October 18: "Same Kind of Different as Me" Premiere

Please join Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities as they host a special private premiere of the movie, Same Kind of Different as Me - a powerful true story of a successful art dealer who finds redemption through his relationship with a homeless man he meets at a Texas rescue mission.

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October 19: Merge Twin Cities Launch Luncheon

You're invited to join with hundreds of other Twin Cities pastors and Christian leaders for a luncheon to celebrate the official public launch of Merge Twin Cities!

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October 20-21: GO Twin Cities

Consider being a part of the first Twin Cities multi-church, multi-ethnic, inter-denominational, missions conference! This is a conference created by and for churches in the greater Twin Cities metro to energize, educate, and engage God’s people for Christ’s mission in our diverse city and unreached places in the world.

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October 24: Sex-Trafficking in Minnesota

Come to be informed about the reality of sex-trafficking in Minnesota.  Leave equipped with ways to make a difference. 

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October 26: Connecting the Church and the Marketplace

This is part of a series of gatherings designed to give pastors and ministry leaders the opportunity to learn from one another as we seek to develop whole-life disciples in our church communities.

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October 26: Q Commons

Join with thousands of attendees in hundreds of cities to be equipped on how to engage this unique, American moment.

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October 27: Behind Closed Doors

Through plenary presentation and breakout sessions, participants will gain in-depth knowledge of the multiple and complex factors associated with abuse and trauma.

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October 27: UNITE Local

In an effort to gather churches in communities around the Twin Cities, PULSE hosts UNITE Local, a night of prayer and worship centered on God's heart for our cities. 

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November 4: Walking in Faith Conference

Join us as we explore how to create a solid foundation built on Faith. Topics include how to embrace our personal calling, build a Faith-based foundation, and live out a life of meaning and significance.

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November 8: Stay Out of Hot Water

Learn best practices for discipline procedures, documentation steps and the employer and employee’s legal rights in the case of termination. Plus learn how effective communication during difficult conversations can transform your organization. Seminar includes workshop-style and real-life scenarios.

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November 10-19: North Central University presents "Willy Wonka"

Come to North Central to enjoy a magical, fun, family-friendly show! In this fall's production of "Willy Wonka," you'll see Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir come to chocolate-covered life. With candy and comedy, this show will be sure to please both young and old!

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November 10-11: Pure Desire University Conference

Grace Church will be hosting Pure Desire University on November 10-11, 2017. It’s specifically designed to equip the church to better understand what drives addictive sexual behavior and how to come alongside and offer hope and freedom to those struggling.

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November 11: Wait No More

If you have ever considered foster care, adoption from foster care or want to learn ways to support an adoptive family, plan to attend our FREE Wait No More event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.

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November 13-15: North American Azerbaijani Network Forum 2017

This joint conference with the North American Azerbaijani Network and North American Central Asian Forum will be held together with other partnerships and agencies working with Azerbaijanis and amongst the peoples of Central Asia to bring the Good News to them.

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November 29: Redeeming Our Cities

In promoting gospel-centered ministry in our area, our aim is to serve ministry leaders by providing an atmosphere in which diverse, but like-minded individuals can connect with one another, find resources, encourage each other, and be encouraged. Come hear from people who are doing gospel-centered work to bring redemption to our cities!

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December 1-2: "The Great Divorce" A Play

A theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' thought-provoking exploration of faith, God, and bus tours.

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December 9: Not In Our City 5k

Human trafficking of women and children is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. On December 9, take a stand to stop sexual exploitation by coming together as a community during the Not In Our City 5K event at Target Field.

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December 7-February 15: Triple Espresso - a highly caffeinated comedy

Triple Espresso - A Highly Caffeinated Comedy is the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist Hugh Butternut, magician Buzz Maxwell and comic Bobby Bean reluctantly reveal the details in a high energy joy ride that will make you laugh and laugh and laugh!

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January-April 2018: Cover-to-Cover Bible Survey - New Testament

This is a 16-week study of the entire New Testament from Matthew to Revelation.

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January 3-February 28: Everyday Faith Seminar Series

An 8-week discipleship seminar series with eight leaders from across the Twin Cities!

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January 8 &15: World Religions Class

Join MissionShift for a World Religions Class. Everyone is invited to attend!

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January 24: 2018 Crisis & Security Summit

The world is more dangerous than ever before. Are you and your organization prepared for a crisis or security issue? Join AM 980 The Mission to connect with resources to help improve security within the Church, schools, and more.

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January 26: A Night with Blanca

Enjoy a delicious catered dinner followed by a concert from nationally known Christian recording artist, Blanca. 

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February 1-4: Get in the Game "Street Outreach Blitz"

It’s time to get in the game! Our nation—and the world—will have their eyes set on the Super Bowl in Minnesota. Events the week leading up to the game will capture the attention of football fans and our entire community. Whether people see it as a disruption or highlight, the Super Bowl hype gives Christ followers an opportunity to share with our neighbors and visitors on the street the most amazing victory of all time—not by a sports team, but through the eternally victorious Jesus Christ.  

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February 2-24: Til Death - A Marriage Musical

Ethan and Olivia are stuck in marital midlife crisis and in a tiny cabin with a honeymooning couple who are perfectly perfect for each other. Will their marriages last...the weekend? A new musical that's ridiculous, heart- wrenching, squirm-inducing and lovely... just like marriage. Get your tickets today!

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February 9-10: Sisterhood Leadership Retreat

Join Bridging the Gap for the Sisterhood Leadership Retreat - a weekend getaway with training, coaching, Q&A, connecting, breakouts, idea-sharing, giveaways, prayer, rest, lots of fun, and coffee!

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February 9: Night to Shine

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God's love for people with special needs ages 14 and older. Whether you're a guest or volunteer, we would love for you to stand with us as we celebrate people with special needs!

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February 13: PULSE Twin Cities Pastors Summit

The local church is coming together for a season of outreach in the Twin Cities. Come and learn more about mobilizing your church at the Pastors Summit!

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February 20: Lunch and Learn with Eric Swanson

You're invited to a Lunch and Learn with Eric Swanson, co-author of The Externally Focused Church (Group, 2004). Eric will talk about what it takes for a church, community and a city to have focused intention toward the people outside the walls of our church and how we can respond to those in need with grace and true biblical hospitality!

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February 23-24: Midwest Conference on Missionary Care 2018

Join us for this year's conference as we learn together how to encourage our global servants toward effectively working in community with one another.

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February 23-24: Pure Desire University

The Pure Desire University (PD-U) is a two-day conference designed to equip men, women and students with an understanding of the factors that create and reinforce addictive sexual behavior. It also provides a comprehensive understanding and the tools required to develop a ministry to men, women and students.

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February 24: "Me Too" Luncheon

Join hundreds of women who are walking in forgiveness from a past abortion at the 2nd Annual Twin Cities "Me Too" Luncheon.

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March 3: GROW! 2018

Last year 300 pastors across Minnesota and 3 surrounding states joined together in fellowship and learning the strategic significance of their ministry in rural communities. Join us March 3rd for the second annual Grow! Conference serving rural and small town church leaders.

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March 3: One Body Conference

God calls us to be one body, regardless of ability. This conference is designed for families living with disability, volunteers, ministry leaders, pastors, and all who feel called to care for God's people. The day will focus on the need for disability ministry in the church, along with tools and strategies to begin or enhance your ministry. 

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March 17: Somali Outreach and Cultural Training

A great opportunity to learn more about Somali culture and ways to deal with some of the challenges that are encountered in this compelling cross-cultural ministry.

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March 20: Strategic Social Media

In our ever evolving social media landscape, this seminar will equip faith-based non-profits to stay current with effective social media marketing tools.

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March 30: Good Friday Prayer for Muslims

Local ministry leaders will lead prayer for Muslim people groups living in Minnesota, international students, local imams and scholars, refugees coming to Minnesota, worldwide prayer for unreached people groups, missionaries, and Muslim background believers.

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March 30: CrossWalk

Join Mission St. Paul for their annual CrossWalk through St. Paul on Good Friday. Prayer walk from 4 locations and gather near University and Dale for a time of corporate prayer at noon.

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April 6-7: "Take the Church" Pastor & Leader Forum

Join other pastors and church leaders in discovering how your church can participate in completing the Unfinished Task of Global Evangelization. This missions forum is designed just for pastors, church leaders, church mission teams, and short-term mission advocates to "Join the Conversation" on current issues and trends in missions relevant to the church.

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April 6-8: iDisciple Training Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to equip you to fully live as a disciples of Jesus with the focus on completing the Great Commission. You will discover from Jesus' teachings how to make disciples, beginning with your friends and family. 

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April 8: Sang Choir Gospelfest

Sang Choir Gospelfest brings together the best gospel choirs and singers in the Midwest for a awesome night of fun and high spirited praise! Also includes celebrities and local Twin Cities community leaders!

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April 10: Listen: Stories From Those Forced to Flee

Join us as we have an incredible opportunity to hear insights from some amazing people who have been displaced from their homes and have relocated to Minnesota. We will have a panel in which they will share their stories and teach us how to better love those whom God is bringing to our communities after a difficult journey. This promises to be helpful and inspiring event. 

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April 12: Living Reconciliation

Join us for an experiential interactive Living Reconciliation evening exploring key hidden challenges to reconciliation and shalom.

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April 19: Transform Ideas - Awakening the Church to Mental Health

This Transform Ideas forum will address the calling of the Church to care for people and their families who are struggling with common mental health concerns.

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April 20-22: Freedom Weekend

Six events over three days to deepen your knowledge and guide you on the journey towards preventing sexual exploitation and trafficking in our communities. Get equipped. Get engaged.

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April 20-21: Theologians on the Christian Life

Come learn from the lives of seven great theologians! Bethlehem College & Seminary and Crossway Publishing are offering a free weekend event based on a series of books devoted to the exposition of famous theologians' practice of the Christian life. The books' authors will share with us key highlights gleaned from their research. 

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April 21: International Dinner for the Persecuted Church

You and your families are invited to hear the testimony of a family who had to flee their native country because of their belief in Christ. A buffet dinner of a variety of international foods and a time of worship will precede the testimony. 

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April 22: Second Chance 5K Run/Walk

Join Prison Fellowship and Crossing HOME for a 5K run/walk to raise awareness of the "second prison" in America and help create meaningful second chances for those who have paid their debt to society.

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April 30-May 3: Sankofa - Journey to Harmony

Join us in Spring 2018 for our second Sankofa – Journey to Harmony. Click here to read more!

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May 3: MN State Capitol National Day of Prayer Observance

Join others in praying for our nation! A variety of government, denominational, community, ethnic leaders and various age groups will be leading prayer for 5 areas of society.

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May 3: More Than a Grad Gift: Launching Faithful Graduates into All Walks of Life

Youth pastors are invited to join together for a fantastic lunch and to hear from a team of speakers from Anselm House at the University of Minnesota about the transition from High School to College/Career.

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May 4: IJM Twin Cities Prayer Gathering

Join us at the IJM Twin Cities Prayer Gathering and boldly pray for the freedom of every child, woman and man being abused, trafficked and enslaved across our world.

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May 5: Frontline Discipleship Tour

The Frontline Discipleship Tour is a nationwide revival to encourage believers to spread the Gospel through civic (&) cultural engagement. This tour is a part of the AND Campaign, which hosts events in 8 major cities to spread biblical framework for engaging the public square!

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May 8: Cupcakes, Coffee and the Future of the Church: Insights for Discipleship and Mission

Come join Made To Flourish for an evening addressing the future of the church. We will explore all kingdom facets that contribute to flourishing local churches and their communities. We will examine leadership and life, empowerment and ethics, and the need for both global vision and local application.

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May 9: Discipleship through Economic Wisdom: How Faithful Churches Create Flourishing Communities

If we are planting and revitalizing healthy churches, our neighborhoods and cities will experience the impact of an awakened church. In this interactive time together, we will explore the biblical, historical and practical principles that help us know if we are making progress in our disciple-making and in the flourishing of our communities. 

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May 11: Annual Birth Mother Dinner

Every year, New Life Family Services hosts a Birth Mother Dinner the Friday before Mother's Day to honor those who have made a difficult, loving, and courageous adoption decision. All birth mothers are invited to attend regardless of the adoption agency you worked with.

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May 11-12: Reign Dance Theater's "Dragonslayer: A Tale of Redemption"

Reign Dance Theater presents their new original dance theatrical production of DRAGONSLAYER: A TALE OF REDEMPTION.

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May 12: 9th Annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness

The Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote increased public awareness, understanding and acceptance of mental health care. Join in on the 9th Annual 5K Walk!

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May 17: 10th Annual Pastors Appreciation Lunch

Join AM 980 The Mission for their 10th Annual Pastors Appreciation Lunch with Keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Jeffress.

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May 17: Introduction to Recovery Communities

Join the Midwest Mentoring Collaborative for an introduction to recovery communities with Lee Buckley, MN Department of Corrections Reentry Coordinator.

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May 18: Pulse Twin Cities

PULSE is working in collaboration with over 725 churches for a city-wide outreach event! Lecrae, Hillsong Young and Free, Tye Tribbett and the Jabbawockeez will be performing and Nick Hall will be sharing a clear and simple Gospel message. Click to learn more!

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June 9: Walk & Run For Life

Join hundreds of others as we walk and run for life! This event with a purpose is filled with fun for people of all ages. Register as a walker or runner and raise pledges to support life.

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June 9: Stop the Traffick(ing) 5K Walk/Run

The goal of this 5K Walk/Run for Justice is to come together as a community, raise awareness and engage in the fight to Stop the Trafficking. All proceeds from the race will be designated to organizations working to help sexually exploited youth and women.

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June 9: Man Up Minneapolis

Man Up Minneapolis will be the largest outdoor Urban Youth Outreach in North Minneapolis for all Middle School, High School, College Students, and Young Adults! Come join thousands of youth to gather on the front lawn of Sanctuary Field for a crazy night of Urban & Hip Hop praise and a gospel message by Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist XROSS!

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