Sometimes the best way to invite more people into Christian community is to start something new. As parts of the region expand and diversify, opportunities for new congregations arise. Some follow a pattern with which we are familiar. Some are creative responses to new circumstances. All are begun in partnership with others. If you are interested in conversation about a mission start, contact Director of Evangelical Mission Deb Stehlin.

October is New Starts Month!

Choose a Sunday this fall and hold a special offering to support our synod’s new starts.  You can find a bulletin insert, a prayer, a newsletter blurb, photos, and stories to help you below.
Bulletin Insert
God of welcome and hospitality, many of our neighbors have never heard the powerful message of your love, acceptance, and welcome.  But you have called us to be your witnesses to the ends of the earth. Empower us as your people to trust the Holy Spirit who pushes us out into new places and spaces in order to reach out to new people to listen to them and welcome them in Jesus’ name. Bless our local missionaries Pastor Melissa and the ministry of Tapestry, Pastor Marissa, and the ministry of Tree of Life and Pastor Mike  and the ministry of Intertwine as they knock on doors, listen to stories and share your gracious love with new people throughout the Minneapolis Area.  Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.
Every congregation is invited to hold a “New Starts Sunday” this fall. There are three “new starts” in the Minneapolis Area Synod: Tapestry, Intertwine NE, and Tree of Life. Tapestry is a bi-lingual, multi-cultural community that meets in Richfield. Intertwine NE is a community that has a strong emphasis on eco-justice and asking questions. Tree of Life is just getting off the ground in the North Loop of Minneapolis. Please consider supporting these new ministries when we take our special offering.

Read stories about these new starts

Tapestry
Intertwine Northeast
Tree of Life

What is the Minneapolis Area Synod Doing?

Tapestry is a new bi-lingual, multi-cultural community that seeks to connect people across race, class, and culture in the name of Jesus. They gather on Sunday evenings for worship and a meal in the Richfield area.

Tapestry

Intertwine NE is a developing ministry that’s just held their first worship service on September 18. You can find their leaders at coffee shops and join in their monthly experimental gatherings.

Intertwine Northeast

Tree of Life is a developing ministry that’s just getting off the ground in the North Loop in Minneapolis. You can find Marissa Sotos having conversations at coffee shops and dreaming together.

Tree of Life

What is the ELCA Doing?

In the ELCA, 345 new ministries are currently under development, and more than 50 have begun so far this year. Since the beginning of the ELCA, 510 new ministries have become organized congregations. More than half of all new starts are among ethnic/multicultural communities, and 27 percent are being developed among people experiencing poverty.

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