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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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My mom lives in Worthington, MN.  Most of the houses on the block, were built around 1900.  Her house is a couple blocks north of the Main Street.  The two major employers in town when I was in high school were the Armour pork plant where my dad worked and Campbell’s Soup factory.  The town was predominantly made up of white European peoples. There were a few different races in town, but we all just kind of blended together.  

Things have changed in Worthington, Minnesota since I graduated from High School in 1976.  The population has grown from about 10,000 people to about 12,000 people.  In 1980, Census figures show that Nobles County (Worthington area) had a Hispanic population of 134 people, which represented 0.6% of the total population.  In 2013, there were 5,471 Hispanic people in Nobles County, making up 25.3% of the population.  The old Main Street has lost the old familiar shops and they have been replaced with ethnic shops serving the diverse population in the community.  When my mother-in-law taught in the public school in Worthington in the late 1990’s, she was told that there were 40 some odd first languages spoken in the homes of the public school children.

There are some in the community that wish that “those people” would all just go home so they could have their community back.  There are some that realize this is how we are changing and so we tolerate it.  And then there are some who celebrate the change.  If it were not for the ethnic groups, the Main Street would be filled with vacant shops again.  The town would be dying.

What about the church?  The local church doesn’t look much different than it did in 1976, though there are fewer kids and the faces have aged.  Where are the new faces in town? There are several mission churches in town that cater to specific ethnicities.  There is the Hispanic Assembly of God church, there is a group of Hispanic Jehovah Witnesses that meet in a home across the street from my mom.  We tend to think that the Hispanic are primarily Catholic, but according to the local priest, they come to the Catholic church to have children baptized and such, but they are not coming to worship.  Sadly, there is a large unchurched population that is not being reached.

In 1990, there were 53,844 people in Minnesota that identified themselves as Hispanic.  In 2013, 270,545 identify themselves as Hispanic.  In 23 years, the Hispanic population in Minnesota has increased 5 times.  This is the largest growing ethnic group in the State.  1 in 20 Minnesota residents identify themselves of Hispanic origin.  The average age of the residents of Minnesota is 38.  The average age of the Hispanic population is 24.62% of the Hispanic population of Minnesota are native born (born here in the U.S.).  91% of the Hispanic population less than 18 years of age are born here in the United States.  It is projected that the Hispanic population in Minnesota is going to continue growing.  We can either love them in Christ as our neighbor, or we can shamefully turn our backs on them and wish they would just go back to where they came from.  Perhaps there were a number of people that felt that way a little more than a hundred years ago when a bunch of Germans and Norwegians started settling in Minnesota too.

Last month, the Minnesota North District in convention passed resolution 1-2, “To Investigate Strategies and Resources for Ethnic Ministries.”  Our MaCO (Missions and Congregational Outreach) Board will be gathering resources and strategies to help the local congregation minister to the new ethnic groups in our midst.  If you have any good ideas on how to minister to the Hispanic people in our communities, we would love to hear them.

Click on the link below for an information sheet from the synod on Hispanic Ministry. Please investigate what they have to offer as well.

Hispanic Ministry

May God lead us to be bold in our sharing of the Gospel to all people.

Rev. Jeffrey A. Lee

Mission and Ministry Facilitator, MaCO

Minnesota North District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

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