Welcome to the Minnesota North District - Brainerd / Baxter, MN

Our Mission:   The mission of the Minnesota North District of  the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is to further the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and to  assist congregations as Great Commission  churches.

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In our beloved Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod there are more than, 6,000 Called Pastors and over 16,000 Commissioned Workers who serve in the Lord’s vineyard as laborers in the congregations, schools, ministries, and missions in America and overseas. That seems like a lot of servants for Jesus; but it isn’t a large number when you consider that our church body serves over 2 million souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Those 2 million-plus souls are also witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus in the places where they work or study or play. Again, that may seem like a lot of witnesses, until you consider there are over 7 billion people in the world, most of whom aren’t even nominally Christians. The task of bringing Christ to the nations is more than an individual Christian or even an individual church body can do alone. Furthermore, many people throughout the world are cold, if not outright hostile to the Gospel and its representatives, so the enormity of the task seems even more awesome.


A seminary student once asked a professor what he was to do if the mission prospects he spoke to rejected what he told them and sent him away. Quoting the Apostle Paul, the instructor replied: “…I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and thorough instruction. For the time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will surround themselves more and more with teachers who say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn to myths. But you, keep a clear head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, carry out all the duties of your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:1-5).


As disciples of our Savior, Christ Jesus, we are all sent, each of us in a different way. Pastors don’t just happen to be in a particular congregation. No, the Holy Spirit placed you as overseers and undershepherds of God’s flock. He sent you there, to bear testimony to the risen and coming Christ. Teachers and other church workers – God has sent you to the places where you serve. All of us (church workers and laity); you didn’t just happen to be in that family, or in that job, or in that neighborhood. You have a vocation from God there in that place. It is your station, your calling in life that God has given to you. He sent you there so that Christ’s love may be reflected in your love for others, so that they may glorify your Father who is in heaven. He sent you there, so that you might learn how to speak of human need and divine solution, of Jesus who was crucified by sinners and for sinners, raised in victory for all, and coming again in glory.


We are all commissioned to represent Jesus and His Gospel. Those who receive or reject the Truth we teach aren’t receiving or rejecting us, but Jesus who sent us.    

        

A blessed and enjoyable Summer to you and yours!                                          
President Don Fondow