Neighborhood Bingo

Neighborhood Bingo

As Minnesotan's we have a special opportunity in the summer months to connect with our geographical neighbors. When we are stuck inside for the better part of a year, we can easily forget we have neighbors all together! That is why every summer at Mill City we have...

Growing in Racial Justice and Intercultural Competence

Growing in Racial Justice and Intercultural Competence

What we can truly “do” is commit to the lifelong work of racial justice and healing, starting with our own hearts and minds. Mill City Church has been committed to racial justice and to growth as life-long anti-racist and reconciling people. We see this commitment at...

Ways To Help Meet The Needs Of Our City

Ways To Help Meet The Needs Of Our City

Here is a list of partners and trusted organization to support the needs in the wake of the riots and violence in Minneapolis: Sanctuary Covenant Church - North Minneapolis https://sanctuarycov.org/ Needs: Volunteers, Tangible Goods, and Financial Donations Sanctuary...

Up Experiences

Up Experiences

This summer try these various experiences to help you in your "Up" relationship with God. To download a document and list you can put on your wall or fridge click here: Up Experiences Checklist Prayer walk around your neighborhood - Simply walk alone or with someone...

The Spirit Moves Through The Scattered Church

The Spirit Moves Through The Scattered Church

In the book of Acts we read that the church was “scattered” - unable to gather in the same way as they were before. (Acts 8) They were facing persecution and other hardships that most of us have only read about. However, God does an interesting thing through these...

Liturgy of Disappointment

Liturgy of Disappointment

Welcome to this lament playlist. You can access the songs on Spotify or using the Youtube Videos below. These are six songs (7 including a quick benediction) and prayers that have led me through lament in my own life. The playlist is around 35 minutes. While the...

Loving Our Online Neighbors

Loving Our Online Neighbors

Loving Our Online Neighbors In Christian circles, and certainly at Mill City, we talk regularly about loving our neighbors -- the people we interact with regularly. But what does it mean to love our neighbors in an online environment? Who are our neighbors on...

Guided Lament Experience – With Playlist

Guided Lament Experience – With Playlist

Welcome to this lament playlist. You can access the songs on Spotify or using the You Tube videos below. These are six songs that I have chosen that have led me through lament in my own life. The playlist is around 32 minutes, and leads one through 1 declaration (Holy...

2018-2019 Impact

2018-2019 Impact

Mill City, you are SUCH a generous group of people! God is using you as you join in God's mission of restoration in the world that God loves. Even when there is so much brokenness around us, look at how many wrong things are made right when we respond to God's...

One Word To Help Introverts Love Their Neighbors

One Word To Help Introverts Love Their Neighbors

At Mill City, we talk about loving our community in the name of Jesus. And for all of us, our community includes our neighbors. We need to know our neighbors if we're going to love them, and this means talking to strangers, which is intimidating. I've heard of these...

Books We Don’t Read – Minor Prophets

Books We Don’t Read – Minor Prophets

The 12 minor prophets have been come to be known as "The Book of the Twelve" because for much of history they were written on one scroll and often read and understood together. Reading through the minor prophets can be a great experience to hear God's heart for the...

Fresh Start in our Relationships with God and Others

Fresh Start in our Relationships with God and Others

This month we are talking about how the beginning of the year is a great time to choose to have a "fresh start" in an area of life. Our relationships with God and others is so important to consider because a lot of our other hopes and firm decisions hinge on our...

When Gratitude Takes Grit

When Gratitude Takes Grit

At Mill City we often say that “generosity is something God wants FOR us not FROM us.” There are many reasons that I think this is true, but one important reason is from a generous heart flows a spirit of gratitude. When we are not people of generosity -  then a...

Tips for Having Courageous Conversations

Tips for Having Courageous Conversations

In our lives as Jesus followers we often need to "speak the truth in love" as Paul encourages the church to do in Ephesians 4:15. This means we will have to take courage and step into difficult and challenging conversations even when we are afraid. Prayer is an...

How to read the Bible well

How to read the Bible well

This Summer we have had a conversation on the topic of the Bible. We titled it: The Bible? The question mark is intentional because we live in a time where the Bible is not always given an assumed place of authority in people’s lives. The truth is, the world around us...

Neighboring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Neighboring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Tis the season in Minnesota to jump into "the art of neighboring" (a phrase we have borrowed from a book by the same title written by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon). Neighbors are outside more because it's not frigid and there are more social opportunities to get to know...

Black History Month Resources and Opportunities

Black History Month Resources and Opportunities

Black History Month Resources As you know, this month is Black History Month. Any month is a great month to celebrate the lives of our African American leaders and history makers but let’s not miss this intentional opportunity! The Action & Awareness Missional...

Reflections on Sacred Pathways

Reflections on Sacred Pathways

When I first heard of the Sacred Pathways a few weeks ago, I was very intrigued. I hadn’t read the book by Gary Thomas before, nor had I ever heard anyone talk about these Sacred Pathways for describing how they connect with God. The main reason why my attention was...

Anti-Trafficking Efforts for the Super Bowl

Anti-Trafficking Efforts for the Super Bowl

Anti-Trafficking Efforts for the Super Bowl I’m sure you are aware that the Super Bowl is coming to our city Feb 4th, but what you might not be aware of is that along with the Super Bowl often comes an influx of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Sadly, this...

Resources for Learning About Race

Resources for Learning About Race

Resources for Learning about Race God's heart for racial justice and reconciliation is a mission priority for Mill City Church. Check out these resources that will help us learn and grow! Podcasts: Truth’s Table Code Switch Books: One - by Deidra Riggs The Next...

Resources for Connecting With God

Resources for Connecting With God

In order to receive God’s love and grow in trusting God, we need to take daily steps of faith. In order to create space for that to happen we need to prioritize some time and engage in any resources needed. Here is a short list of resources that have been helpful for...

Make Technology Work FOR Your Wellbeing not Against.

Make Technology Work FOR Your Wellbeing not Against.

"There's an app for that." This phrase would have made little sense even just 15 years ago! I remember we were just realizing that we could send text messages from our flip phones right about then! Today, as we all know, is very different. Many have written about the...

What getting kicked out could teach us…

What getting kicked out could teach us…

(Pastor Steph also writes at PastorSteph.com)  Last week on Friday afternoon, we found out that the school we have worshipped in every Sunday for over 8 years couldn’t host us for potentially most of the summer. It’s not like we were “kicked out,” technically - but...

Response to the Yanez Verdict on Friday, June 16th

Yesterday we had a wonderful worship service with Mill City Church focused on God’s commandment to love our neighbor. We heard stories from Mill City people who are doing this and seeing some amazing things come from their relationships with those around them. But...

Unity Takes Practice

Unity Takes Practice

If you are a part of the Mill City community, you may have noticed that we have started celebrating communion together every Sunday after the sermon as we transition into worship. We are going to begin having the Prayer Team available every Sunday as well during the...

Fighting For Unity

Fighting For Unity

Confession: In my former life I was a hockey player. That’s not the confession. The confession is that broke the record in my high school for penalty minutes. That’s right, I was in the penalty box my senior year for over 100 minutes. In my defense, the NHL record is...

What We Are All About

What We Are All About

The mission of Mill City Church is "to love our community in the name of Jesus." This is a reflection of our calling to participate in God's mission by being the church. Loving our community and serving northeast Minneapolis is the natural result of this. It all...

Navigating Conflict Over the Holidays

Navigating Conflict Over the Holidays

The Mill City Community is diverse, and so are the families that we all come from. As we think about going home for Thanksgiving, many of us feel nervous or anxious about sitting around the table with people we love but may deeply disagree with. How can we, as...

Halloween: The most missional day of the year?

Halloween: The most missional day of the year?

Think about it: what other day of the year do families from all over your neighborhood come up to your door ready to interact? It's a pretty sweet deal (pun intended), and a really fun way to love our community in the name of Jesus. What if the purpose of Halloween...

My Thoughts on Fear…

My Thoughts on Fear…

I am serious about chocking hazards. I still cut my 6 year olds grapes in fourths (sidebar: that's cool, right? what about when she's 16?). Ask my friends about my reaction when a kid even slightly coughs while eating. Total overreaction. I'm in fight or flight ready...

Mastering the Art of the Missional Community Potluck

Mastering the Art of the Missional Community Potluck

Do you feel like you are in a never ending potluck cycle? Does pot-luck feel like pot-stuck? Many Missional Communities center around meals... which is honestly a really important part of doing life together. It's important the the meal isn't a 4 course catered...

Missional Community is a Crockpot, not a Microwave

Missional Community is a Crockpot, not a Microwave

I have always been a microwave person. No matter how many viral posts I read about how microwaves may cause cancer or something else horrible, I just can’t resist the instant satisfaction of warming up food in 2 minutes. Sure, I have an oven a stove top and a crock...

Training Sunday // Searching for God

Training Sunday // Searching for God

Below are recordings of April 3rd's Training Sunday. We concluded our series, Searching for God, by having a few related workshops. Soul Care LISTEN  Presenter: Dr. Christine Osgood Dmin, LMFT, Mdiv (Founder of the Urban Retreat) Description: Christine helps us answer...

House Blessing

House Blessing

What is the spiritual atmosphere of your home? I don’t mean whether people in your home believe in Jesus or not, though that’s an important question. I mean when you enter your home -- is the space one  of peace, grace, and comfort? Does your experience of being in...

Moving Back Into the Neighborhood

Moving Back Into the Neighborhood

Getting to know neighbors is often easier said than done. This is a problem as a Jesus follower. Jesus clearly showed us, both with the way He lived and the things He said, that to be His follower means to love our neighbors as ourselves. But how do we do this? We...

Creating Space for God

Creating Space for God

It was the summer after my junior year of seminary, and I was burnt out . I wasn't just tired. There was an emptiness. Not just physical fatigue but spiritual emptiness. God felt distant, I felt emotionally numb. It's not that I didn't believe, its just that I was...

When Pain Goes Unseen

When Pain Goes Unseen

When the Pain Goes Unseen As I made my way to the lobby having just finished my Sunday sermon at my church I young woman I had never met came up to me. She had come with her friend to visit our church that day. “Thank you for what you said today in your sermon. I have...

A Letter to Mill City

A Letter to Mill City

Dear Mill City Family, I am so proud of you. You should hear me talk about you all behind your back! I tell everyone about the risks that you are taking and the ways that you are stepping out in mission. I tell people about how you love people different than you and...

Joining God at Work

Joining God at Work

Work matters! We believe God is at work in the workplace. God is a missionary God, at work in the world redeeming, reconciling, and making all things new in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, and God wants us to join in? Sounds exciting right? But this truth begs...