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St. Michael Church Plant

The Call

The mission of The United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”. We plant new churches to reach persons who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ or those who presently are outside the Church.

Cross Winds senses a calling to establish a United Methodist Church in the St. Michael area to the west of Maple Grove, partially because Cross Winds was a new church start in 1992. The St. Michael area is the growing area bordering the northwest metro, consisting of St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego and Hanover. This area has been growing and is anticipated to grow by 90,000 people by year 2040. This area is currently underserved by churches.

Our Response to the Call

The Minnesota Annual Conference has initiated a search for a Pastor Planter for the new church plant in the St. Michael area.   Laura and Brent Cottington are preparing the way for the pastor planter as called Lay Planters.   Cross Winds role in supporting the church plant is being discerned through a Lead Team and the vision and direction of Pastor Mike.   The members of the Lead Team are Carolyn Bossen, Jeff Emerson, Bill Lewis and Becky Real.   The effort is being supported at the Minnesota Annual Conference through the direct involvement of our Area Director of New Church Development, Ben Ingebretson, as well as many others across the conference.

What Can I Do?

  • PRAY – Pray for people in the St. Michael area that do not know Jesus or have a church home. Ask God’s guidance for our planting team. Pray for the emergence of a Planter Pastor.  Pray about what your role may be.
  • NETWORK – Please help the planting team develop connections lists of folks looking for a church home or others who may be helpful in guiding our work.

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