New Mission Starts
Jesus sends the earliest disciples out into the world with the charge, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This charge is the foundation for the work of evangelical mission that we are a part of as the Saint Paul Area Synod. In collaboration with the Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA, the Saint Paul Area Synod works to go and make new disciples. In some instances this has led to efforts to launch new starts. These new mission starts are not any more special than existing ministries - they simply have come to be because the Synod, Congregations, and Leaders have discerned the need for church to exist in these new ways.
Currently, the Saint Paul Area Synod has six new starts under development as well as several mission explorations on the horizon.
Joy Fellowship Chinese Outreach (Video)
Joy Fellowship is an outreach group to serve Chinese Christians in the Northern St. Paul Suburbs. They currently meet at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, biweekly at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (9185 North Lexington Ave, Circle Pines). The program includes potlucks, singing, adult Bible study, and youth and children education. Joy Fellowship grew out of Minnesota Faith Chinese Lutheran Church, the only Lutheran Chinese Church in Minnesota. Contact the Rev. Shen Lin at 651.324.6898, or at www.faithchinesechurch.org.
Good Samaritan Lutheran Church (Video)
Good Samaritan is an intentional outreach to the Hmong community on St. Paul’s East Side. They worship at Hope Lutheran Church (1340 N. Hazel Street, St. Paul) on Sundays at 11:30am. The Rev. William Siong is seeking to reach out to the second and third generation Hmong Community to develop a ministry in which people from all Hmong clans are welcome. Contact Pastor William at 651.815.7118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humble Walk (Video)
Humble Walk is a “worshiping community of seekers”, that “seeks to create a faith community in St. Paul’s West 7th neighborhood by meeting people where they are and inviting them into relationship with one another and with God.” Begun in 2008, they meet weekly for worship on Sundays at 4:30 at Art House North (793 Armstrong Ave, St. Paul). They also can be found quite often for Storytelling and Beer & Hymns events at Shamrocks Pub on West 7th. Contact the Rev. Jodi Houge at 651.786.9028 or visit humblewalkchurch.org.
Shobi’s Table (Video)
Shobi's Table is a ministry of, by, and for folks in St. Paul's Eastside who struggle on the margins of our community, bringing church outside the walls and onto the streets. They do church out of a food truck, offering healthy food, radical hospitality, and a chance for all people to celebrate and develop their gifts. This vision is rooted in the story of Shobi (2 Samuel 17), who provided hospitality for David and his troops. Shobi's Table is currently on pause. More information can be found here.
LydiaPlace Collaborative Communities (Video)
LydiaPlace is a collaborative community centered in Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone along the University Avenue Green Line light rail and Raymond Avenue. They faithfully live into the mission of nurturing relationships around faith, work, and daily life by worshiping together on Sunday nights at 5PM at Dow Art Gallery (2242 W. University Avenue, St. Paul) as well as hosting monthly Hymn Sings at the Dubliner Pub. For more information, contact the Rev. Scott Simmons at 612.859.1134 or visit lydiaplace.com.
Cristo Rey (Video)
Developing out of Christ the King Lutheran (1900 7th Street NW, New Brighton), Cristo Rey seeks to connect with the growing Latino population in the area. The congregation worships on the fourth Sunday of the month at noon. Weekly Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm provides the foundation for this growing ministry. Ana Becerra serves as mission developer for Cristo Rey and can be reached at email@example.com or 763.225.7079.
African National Ministry
Launched in May 2017 in partnership with the Presbyterian Church USA, the African National Ministry is an outreach to the Anuak community in Minnesota. They worship on Sunday at 1:30 pm at Calvary Baptist Church (2120 Lexington Ave N, Roseville). In addition to worship, educational classes focused on leadership development and integration into US culture take place throughout the year. For more information, contact the Rev. Gilo Gora Agwa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.800.6779.