Pastor’s Column

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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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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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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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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Pastor’s Column: Growing Rural Motley Church from Single Digits to 300

For our Pastor’s Column series we are focusing on thriving and growing rural churches. We asked Jim Johnson the pastor of Motley Free Methodist Church to share how Motley FMC has grown from less than a dozen attendees to averaging nearly 300 in worship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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