It’s a strange new world we are living in. 

The way we used to do life and community has shifted. People have lost jobs; parents have been thrust into homeschooling, areas of injustice and prejudice have become more exposed, and all of us have suffered grief and loss. To help us navigate this new way of life, we’ve put together some resources* we believe will be useful to you in the coming weeks and months. 

Together we can learn to live and grow and thrive in this new way. 


Topics include:

CAREERS & JOBS    ETHNICITY, RACE & FAITH     FINANCE     GRIEF & LOSS    HAVING FUN

KIDS@HOME    RELATIONSHIPS    SELF CARE, SOUL CARE & MENTAL WELLNESS

 
Check back often as we have more resources in the works and will be adding to this page in the coming days!

Don’t see a resource that you would find helpful? Reach out to info@thedoor.org to share your idea.


*These resources are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Church of the Open Door of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporations, organizations or people included in this list.

career & jobs

Job changes or losses and navigating the new marketplace.


RESOURCES COMING SOON!


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Finance

Budgeting, saving, and handling our money with a hope-filled perspective.


VIDEO RESOURCES

BOOKS

  • The Money Answer Book: Quick Answers to your Everyday Financial Questions by Dave Ramsey

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Accountable.networkoffers guided steps to financial freedom through coaching, resources and events
  • Daveramsey.com: provides tools and resources for money management
  • Mint.com: helps you effortlessly manage your finances all in one spot


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grief & loss

Walking through the big and small losses together.


VIDEO RESOURCES:

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, PhD and Christine A. Padesky, PhD
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • The Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson
OTHER RESOURCES:
  • Grief.com (David Kessler’s website mentioned in the Next Steps in Grief video))



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having fun!

Smiles and joy are the best medicine. Here’s how to have more fun!


RESOURCES COMING SOON!


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kids@home

Distance learning, parenting through the changes and activities to bring you closer together.


VIDEO RESOURCES:

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeff Van Vonderen
  • The Whole Brained Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

OTHER RESOURCES:


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relationships

Interpersonal connection during times of change.


RESOURCES COMING SOON!


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self care, soul care & mental wellness

Caring for your whole self.


SOUL CARE

  • The Practice Podcast: learning to live out Jesus’ teachings in the world.
  • Renovare Podcast: Nathan Foster talks to ordinary saints about spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines and everyday life with God
  • Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast with Pete Scazzero
  • The Next Right Thing Podcast with Emily P. Freeman
  • Living the Resurrection by Eugen Peterson


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our contributors

Many amazing people from the Open Door family helped to put these resources together! 

  • MARY JO GRASKE has been part of Open Door for 22 Years. She has served in the Marriage Ministries area at Open Door for many years, teaching pre-marriage classes and mentoring engaged couples. As a Certified Prepare Enrich Counselor, she has served many married, newly married and remarried couples. Mary Jo has served in Women’s Ministry, as a Communion Steward and on the Missions Team. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from St Mary’s University and a Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Alfred Adler Graduate School. She has worked in Golden Valley and Elk River as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice for the past 15 years.

  • BEN MONSETH has been part of Open Door since 2006 and has volunteered on the Care team, with Next Generation and with the Welcome Kiosk team. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of Elders at Open Door. Ben works as a licensed mental health professional at a private practice in Plymouth, MN, and provides therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Ben and his wife Dre live in Maple Grove with their two children, Hope and James.

  • BRUCE KUEHL has been part of the Open Door community for nearly 30 years.  He has served in Next Kids & Youth and helps lead the Men’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study.  Bruce is the owner of LifeStage Wealth in Minnetonka and is a Certified Financial Planner. The firm specializes in financial planning for retirement, investment and estate planning. Bruce and his wife Ranelle live in Medina and have three grown children and a brand new grandson!