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

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

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Pastors Invited to Lift Up Jesus at New US Bank Stadium

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

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

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

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Churches Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

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

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How Covenants Show God’s Heart for Relationships

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

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Urban Church Planting Q & A Series: Jubilee Community Church

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

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