Outreach Ministries of the Minnetonka Seventh-Day Adventist Church
The Minnetonka Adventist Church has adopted and strives to live by its Mission Statement which says in part, “…to intentionally SHARE GOD as caring disciples who SEEK out people, SERVE their needs, and SHOW them God’s love.”
This statement is the steering mechanism that ensures that we are going in the right direction as a church. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. You are the salt of the earth. Go and make disciples.” (Matthew 5:14,13; 28:19). That’s our purpose. That’s our work.
Besides all the effective ministries that take place in our church, there are those that are mostly Outreach Ministries that touch lives for Jesus. They answer the question, “What is our church doing for people who are not members of our church family?” Here are some of our Outreach Ministries.
- Building Our Church Family (BOCF)
- Minnetonka Christian Academy
- Alpha – Basic Christianity Seminar
- CHIP — Coronary Health Improvement Project
- Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR)
- Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA)
- Discover Bible School
- Financial Peace University
- Hospitality Ministry
- Mission: International & National
- Men’s Ministry
- Prayer Ministry
- Prison Ministry
- Russian/Jewish Outreach
- Minnetonka Kids (Vacation Bible School and Day Camp)
Building Our Church Family (BOCF)
In an effort to become a culture of active participation, we encourage everyone to not only worship together but also build friendships. No matter where you are on your spiritural journey, you will find that the relationships you develop will enhance your goals.
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Students receive Christian education at our K-12 school that seeks to help young minds decide to make a commitment to Jesus Christ and be the best servants of humankind they possibly can. Students who do not attend our congregation or are unaffiliated with our religion are accepted at our school.
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Twice a year the community is invited to a ten-week Basic Christianity seminar where all questions are considered in a safe and accepting environment. Participants share a meal, hear a presentation on a topic that focuses on how to have a real relationship with God, and enjoy a small group discussion period.
Twice a year the community is invited to attend a 16-night course to help them make wise and healthy lifestyle choices. Participants have their blood analyzed at a heart-screen before and after the series in order to measure progress. They are taught healthy lifestyle practices that could reduce health risks and even reverse some diseases.
The Minnesota Adventist Community Services and Disaster Response team is the official community outreach and disaster response ministry of the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. MN ACS serves the whole person, a concept known as holistic ministry whose mission is to “serve the community in Christ’s name”. Click here to visit MN ACS DR website.
Food (non-perishable) items are collected and delivered to a food bank. Website www.icafoodshelf.org
As people request Bible Studies by mail, we send them lessons and try to develop a nurturing relationship with them.
People who wish to get out of debt and enjoy Financial Freedom attend a 13-week training course.
Several families take turns on Sabbaths to invite guests who attend our church to their homes for lunch and fellowship after church services. This builds relationships and gives a feeling of belonging to those who are new to our church.
Annually a team of students and adults go to some location where they help needy people in projects such as disaster clean-up, building a school, teaching the Bible and showing compassion.
Men of God, interested in strengthening their relationships with God, their community, and families while also building a bond with each other are encouraged to join our church’s Men’s Ministry. Send an email to Aaron Hoy for more information and if you want to participate.
People are invited to share requests for prayer that are circulated by email to a team of pray-ers. Prayer groups also meet in homes. A group of ladies, JULIETS, and The Faith Lift ladies Bible study group, make prayer central to their activities.
A team of volunteers visits the Shakopee Women’s Prison every Sabbath afternoon to lead a Bible Study group.
Some Russian-speaking Adventists have a “Shalom” meeting at a neutral venue on Friday nights with several persons who have responded to their invitations in the Russian newspaper published in the Metro. They also have Bible presentations in the church on Sabbath afternoons at 1:30 PM, followed by a potluck meal. Visit their website by clicking on www.shalomcentermn.com
In the summer children are taken to several “stations” where they do crafts, play games, learn Bible lessons in a fun way, and sing songs as a group for one week. The older children go on a fun outing in the afternoon.
Want to Participate?
If you have a desire to be involved in any of these ministries, please speak to one of the pastors. And please pray that God will produce much fruit from these efforts to grow the Kingdom of God.