Short Term Mission Trips

Short term mission trips in the US and abroad are planned as needs arise.
We are currently partnering with ministries in the USA, Haiti, Liberia, Slovakia, and Guatemala.
If you are interested in participating in a trip, want to donate, or want to be added to a list for an upcoming trip, contact: Rose | ext 1600. 
Sign up for the Missional Life Email to get information about events and ways to serve others. 


A Work Of Love (AWOL) - Dayton, MN for youth

See the Families page.

Mission Trip dates: Jul 21-26


Minnesota Camp

MN Disability Camp and Teen Challenge have partnered for a week to host a camp at beautiful Lake Geneva, Alexandria for adults with disabilities all over Minnesota! Come join us for an exciting week of beach games, worship, uplifting sermons and more! Caretakers and volunteers 18 and older (or volunteers with parents) are encouraged to sign up to help. Camp cost is paid by campers. 

Contact: Rene

Dates: Aug 19 -23


Guatemala

Open Door is joining Food for the Hungry (FH) in Guatemala to support a community called Caserio Lopez with their dreams and vision for their community. The local leaders work with FH to learn and develop a plan to partner with God as they work their way out of poverty. Partner with us and this community through prayer, attend an annual trip, or through a child sponsorship, and you may even have the possibility to meet your supported child in person. Join our October trip.  Contact: Rose

Trip dates: Oct 12-20

Apply by Aug 4



Liberia

This 10-12 day trip is the third in a long-term relational commitment to our Liberia family at Mission of Hope for the Disabled (MHD). Disability Motivational Network, Inverted Arts and Open Door are partnering with MHD to bring to life the dreams they have for their community. The heart behind the trip will be to continue building relationships by being present, loving, listening, seeing, learning, discerning, praying, and asking good questions. Our brothers and sisters at MHD are made in God’s image with talents, skills, gifts, abilities, dreams, ideas, and entrepreneurial spirits as well as a passion for Jesus and for one another! Due to the nature of difficulty traveling and limited housing, the team will be small and hand-picked at this time. We hope to expand the number of people and trips as we continue our partnership with MHD.

Contact: Rose | rlarson@thedoor.org

October 2019

Maple Grove Days 2019

Here's a great opportunity to serve the community around us! Consider volunteering for Maple Grove Days 2019 with other Open Door folks! The Maple Grove Community Organization has a SignUpGenius available for volunteer opportunities. Convenient times are offered and you'll receive reminders. PLUS get free swag! All volunteers receive a Maple Grove Days t-shirt and are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Night, July 9. 


Two steps: 

  1. Sign up to volunteer on SignUpGenius
  2. Then, email Taylor to get on the Open Door team!


Maple Grove Days

July 10 - 14

Summer Trips

Next Gen Youth Wilderness Adventure Trip

This Wilderness Trip in Ely, MN will give students (entering 11th-grade to completed 12th-grade) space to unplug from the pressures of life that are causing anxiety, a chance to participate in outdoor experiences that will stretch them, and personal faith and growth tools that will help center them when they come back to the challenges of life.  Leaders will be Kathy Collier and Jason Dyer. Contact: Kathy at kcollier@thedoor.org.

 

Trip dates: Sat, Jun 15- Fri, Jun 21

Registration closed. Please pray for the students and leaders on this trip! 

Open House

Whether you are new to Open Door and you're wondering where to start, or you've been here for a while and you're looking to get more involved, we've got you covered! Connect with other new people, members, and staff, in a fun, light-hearted atmosphere. We believe that our journey to becoming more like Jesus happens when we get to know each other and invite others to walk this spiritual journey out with us. Engage with Open Door's mission and vision, learn more about our hope and future for this church, and activate your next step deeper into community, formation, and mission. You will leave this gathering with a few simple ways to move toward a more fulfilling life with God and others.
Contact: Taylor


First Sundays, 11:15am - 12pm

SERVE Outside Our Doors

Learning to live our lives for the sake of others is a big part of becoming fully alive in God.  We are called to live our lives missionally wherever God leads us - in our families, our neighborhoods, or around the world. Here are some of the organizations where the people of Open Door volunteer.  


For the Sake of Others Booklet (PDF)


Contact: Rose | ext 1600 if you attend Open Door and would like to have your organization included in this booklet.

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Did you know? 

By shopping online, you can donate to Church of the Open Door without spending an extra dime! 


For every purchase you make through Amazon’s charitable website, AmazonSmile (the same products and prices!), the company will donate 0.5 percent of your purchase to Church of the Open Door. And even though half of a percent doesn’t sound like much, every bit adds up and helps us to further our mission of inviting people to engage in the struggle of becoming fully alive in God!


DONATING IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3!

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  2. Type in "Church of the Open Door of the Christian And Missionary Alliance."
  3. Start shopping! 

*Note: The official name is connected to our beginnings as a church with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and is attached to our federal tax ID and non-profit 501c3 status. Church of the Open Door has been and remains a non-denominational Christian church since 2002.  


It’s that easy – you shop, Amazon gives directly to Church of the Open Door! Get started today!

MELA Book Drive

Help us collect new books for the students at Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy (MELA) as they kick off their year of literacy next fall. The teachers have put together recommended reading lists for the summer in three grade categories. Open Door hopes to provide at least two books for each of the 180 students who attend school in the lower level of our building. Please, grab a request, purchase a book or more, and drop it off at Open Door by May 19. Then, we will assemble book packs for the students before they head home for the summer.


The book needs will be located in the Gathering Place from May 5-19...extended to May 26! Please deliver books to church by this weekend. Thank you for your generosity!


Online Amazon wish list purchases should be shipped directly to Church of the Open Door before May 19. 


PreK through 1st-grade Book Wish List (Amazon)

2nd and 3rd-grade Book Wish List (Amazon)

4th, 5th and 6th-grade Book Wish List (Amazon)


   


 


















God For Us 
Lenten Project 2019

If Christmas celebrates God with us, then Easter celebrates God for us.

Our God is for us in all of life – for our healing, our wholeness, and our salvation – and not just for us, but for the whole world!

We have invited artists from our community to contribute creative reflections on the season’s lectionary readings in a Lenten Project. Receive a weekly email consisting of art, photography, poetry, and devotionals by our very own people from Ash Wednesday through Easter. As a community, we will be using this collection as a guide for our Lenten journey, March 6 - April 21, 2019.


Good Friday Service

Fri, Apr 19, 7pm


Easter Sunday Services

Sun, Apr 21, 9am & 11am














The Process

Our search for a new Lead Pastor involves a clear and well thought through process. Developed by NL Moore and implemented by the Governing Board of Open Door, we are currently working through this process that we believe God will use for us to find our next Lead Pastor. 


  • In March 2018, we started the process by asking the people of Open Door to participate in a "Congregational Assessment". We were highly encouraged when 876 people chose to respond!  

  • On April 29, 2018 the results of the Congregational Assessment were presented to the congregation and a two-page Executive Summary was made available. Copies of the two-page summary are available at the Welcome Kiosk before and after services. 

  • Following the Congregational Assessment, the people of Open Door were invited to participate in focus groups designed to hear their hopes and dreams for our faith community. Again, we were extremely encouraged that approximately 260 people participated in 19 focus groups and individual interviews. This totaled more that 25 hours of "listening to the voice" of the church as expressed through its people. 

  • On June 17, 2018 Nancy Moore presented a "Findings and Recommendations Report" based on the congregational assessment results and the feedback from the focus groups. A copy of the two-page Executive Summary that was presented is available at the Welcome Kiosk before and after services.   An audio file of the presentation is available by following the link below.

          Audio from June 17


          To read more about the process: 

  • On July 15, 2018 in response to the Findings and Recommendation Report given the Gov. Board of Elders by NL Moore, Dave Fredrickson, Board Chairperson, shared an update with the congregation.  A significant part of the update that day was the announcement and introduction of Gregg Bergman as our Interim Staff Pastor. Gregg will be working with the Lead Team, Staff, and Elders to accomplish some of the Elder's recommendations for the next three to six months. For more detailed information on this update, please refer to the two links below.

    Gregg Bergman Bio
    Audio from July 15

  • On August 5, 2018 as part of an ongoing effort to keep the people of Open Door informed, Dave Fredrickson gave an update from the Gov. Board of Elders. This update included how our desire to be generous impacted a financial decision we recently made. Also addressed was our continued discernment regarding the recommendations from our consultant. To listen to the audio from this update, simply follow the link below.

          Audio from August 5


  • On August 15, we held our 2018 Annual Meeting. It was a night of significant updates and encouragement from the staff, Pastor Dave, and the Governing Board. If you were not able to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to listen to the audio recording from the night.

           Audio from Annual Meeting


  • On August 26, 2018 our Pastor of Prayer Ministries, Peggy Lang, shared with us the importance of prayer during this time of transition, and also invited us to some upcoming prayer opportunities. Please take a few minutes to listen to Peggy's important words at this time in the life of our church. 

          Audio from August 26


  • On September 16, 2018 Gov. Board Elder, Ben Monseth, gave an update followed by a special announcement from pastor Al Schuck. After Al's announcement that he would be leaving Open Door's staff and serving as Executive Director at Beyond Our Door Global, pastor David Johnson shared a few words. We highly encourage you to listen to these audio recordings if you were not able to attend. 

          Audio from Elder Update

          Words from David Johnson


  • On November 18, 2018 Gov. Board Chairperson, Dave Fredrickson, gave an important update regarding the search process. That day, Taylor Bongard and Kati Beasley were also commissioned as new Associate Pastors for our congregation by David Johnson and the Governing Board of Elders.  NL Moore and Associates have worked with the Search Team to present a completed "Candidate profile" to the board, and will officially begin the search for our next Lead Pastor in December. 

    Audio from Nov 18 Elder Update



  • On Dec 16, 2018 Ben Monseth updated the congregation that the board has approved an Opportunity Profile for the position of Lead Pastor of Open Door. Our consultants have begun the active search process, and are currently making this Profile available to pastors. Ben also mentioned that Steve Pukal's scheduled time on the board has ended, and we have been very blessed to have had Steve serve for such a long time on our board. Thanks, Steve! 

  • On Jan 6, 2019 Dave Fredrickson gave an update from the Governing Board that the Opportunity Snapshot is ready for viewing. He also mentioned that Gregg Bergmann has agreed to stay on with us as Interim Staff Pastor through June 2019 and maybe even a little longer. We think that Gregg's presence could be a valuable overlap and hand off to a new Lead Pastor.

    Audio from Jan 6 Elder Update


  • On Feb 17, 2019,  Search Team Chair, Doug Lang, gave an update on our search process for our next Lead Pastor.  Our search consultant, NL Moore, continues to speak with candidates on our behalf narrowing down her list of more than 470 contacts with the goal of presenting about five candidates to the Search Team in early April. From there the Search Team will begin the interview process with each of these candidates. We are excited about the work that is being done and ask that you continue to pray with us in each step of the process.

    Doug also announced the addition of Jason Close and Wayne Thyren to our Search Team, giving the group a well-rounded blend of strengths and perspectives as they prepare for the interview process.

    Audio from Feb 17 Search Team Update

Minnesota Foodshare

Right here in our own community, children and adults are going hungry. Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. 

Throughout March, we join Minnesota Foodshare, food shelves, faith communities, businesses, and organizations across Minnesota in acting to end hunger and food insecurity. Please bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to the shelves in the Gathering Place. Open Door will donate these items to Cross Services and CEAP. Top needs include: proteins, flour, cooking oil, sugar, canned fruit, dry rice,  beans, and personal care items. Together, we can ensure #FoodForAllMN.


Mar 1 - 31, 2019

















Missional Life Gathering

Sunday Mornings

The world invites us to live our lives for ourselves, but Jesus invites us to live for something far greater. He calls us to turn our faces outward and live for the sake of others. Each Sunday we gather to hear how others from Open Door are serving people around them and get informed about upcoming events that help us see others through Jesus’ eyes. Contact: Rose | ext 1600


Sundays, 10:15-11am


Keep in touch with us! Sign up to receive a weekly email about special guests, upcoming events, and opportunities that broaden our understanding of God's heart.

Missional Life Email Sign-Up

Facebook: Missional Life at Open Door

Lent

This season is a time to walk with Jesus towards His death on a cross. We begin the Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday by repenting and remembering our need for God’s saving grace. For the next six weeks, we prepare our hearts with prayer and fasting, repentance, and Scripture meditation. On Good Friday, we stand vigil at the foot of the cross. Our journey ends on Holy Saturday as we watch and wait for Christ’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.


We invite you to join us as we intersect our stories with the bigger story of Jesus, and to prepare our hearts for Christ’s death and resurrection. 



Good Friday Service

Fri, Mar 30, 7pm


Easter Services

Sun, Apr 1, 9am & 11am

Short Term Mission Trip text only

Liberia

Our seven person team has returned home, and experienced deep community as they began building relationships with the people at Mission of Hope for the Disabled. Thank you for all your prayers and support! This was a four-organization partnership between Mission of Hope, Open Door, Disability Motivational Network (founders Prince and Agnes Cole) and Inverted Arts (founder Mark Collier).   



Haiti

Throughout the year, we send short term mission trip teams to Haiti with Beyond our Door Global. Each team has the opportunity to be with the staff and children at the Mephibosheth House and Mother Teresa orphanage. Check out Stories of Haiti for a glimpse into a recent team's experience. Contact: Rose | ext 1600


Hurricane Harvey Response

Open Door is partnering again with ReachGlobal Crisis Response to send another team to respond to the rebuilding needs after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. This is the third trip to serve the families and homeowners of Rockport, Aransas Pass, and Port Aransas, TX. This team will be led by Del Sipma (Hearts in Action.) The team will stay at Bayshore Bible Church in Corpus Christi, TX. For a glimpse of past trips, check out this photo gallery. Contact: Rose | ext 1600 or Julia | ext 1902 or stop at the Welcome Kiosk if you have questions.

Please pray for the 6 men that make up this team.  

Trip dates: Nov 4-9 plus travel time

Donations will go toward mission trip costs and building supplies and tools needed directly in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. 


Slovakia
GoodSports Slovakia serves youth and young families in a former Communist country which was part of Czechoslovakia from 1918 – 1993. The Open Door team will join Tom and Debbie Johnson for a short visit to the capital city Bratislava, before heading two hours East. They will participate in an annual summer sports/English camp serving over 100 young people ages 9-17. The camp is located in the beautiful hills surrounding the charming village of Bojnice with it’s stunning castle. Contact: Debbie

Mission Trip Dates: Jun 26 – Jul 8/9.


Advent & Christmas Reflections

Walk together with us through Advent and Christmastide with these reflections following the sermon each week. #TransformationTuesdays


From Dec 23 & 24 message by
Anne-Marie Finsaas, Pastor of Formational Life

"God came to earth two thousand years ago as a baby born in a manger in a tumble-down stable. And God comes to us now. He moves into our neighborhoods––our shabby, run-down, paint-peeling, cracks-in-the-sidewalk––neighborhoods. He comes to us and moves into our messy, complicated lives. The ones with mortgages to pay, and homework to do, and family relationships to patch up, and world news that scares us. Into these lives––not the frilly, fancy lives we wished we had, but our very real lives––Jesus is born."


Reflecting Inward: Where, in your real life today, do you need God to come? Jesus can be born in the most unlikely places. Can you believe God is moving into that very unlikely place in your life?


• Reaching Outward: When God comes, everything changes. How will you live out the good news of Christ’s birth in your life today? How will you offer the good news of God coming to your world?

Community Blessing

During the Christmas season an atmosphere of blessing is created as needs among the Open Door community are shared and responded to in turn. Think of how you may need support this Christmas season. This might include groceries, meals, rides, help decorating, purchasing of gifts, household preparations, repairs, help wrapping and mailing items, etc. Contact: Rose | ext 1600


Visit the Community Blessing wall in the Gathering Place to respond to the needs that were submitted.


Respond to needs Dec 2 - 16


*Note: We will also be supporting the needs of our Ministry Partners from Dec 3-10 at the Community Blessing wall. 

Find A Group

Home Groups

Connect with others in a home setting at locations throughout the metro. There’s a group for everyone, whether you want to explore the most recent sermon together, study God’s Word, talk about marriage issues, build relationships with others your age or not your age, or just grow deeper in Christ as you connect with other attenders. If you don't see a group that fits what you're looking for, or if you'd like to start a group, let us know. Contact: Kati | ext 1204


Maple Grove Home Group

Connect with other families at Open Door through the good ole' combo of food, yard games, and other kid-friendly activites. We meet at Central Park in Maple Grove.

For: Families with young kids

Once a month, 5-7pm

Contact: John & Lisa


Minnetonka / Wayzata Home Group

This group embraces the struggle to become fully alive in God by  connecting with each other in the of our shared life at Open Door. Through personal stories, discussion of the recent sermon messages, and periodic service projects, this group provides a place to know and be known. 

For: Adults (20+)

Every other Mon, 7-9 pm

Contact: Jim and Liz

Give to the max

GiveMN.org links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Your tax-deductible gift to Church of the Open Door supports the work of God's kingdom here and beyond. Please help us reach our financial goals when you donate now through Nov 15. 


Thank you!


November 1 - 15, 2018

Half-day Retreats

The Center for Spiritual Formation offers the Saturday morning sessions of the Formational Community as a stand-alone experience. Each Saturday retreat focuses on different ways to intentionally arrange our lives around transformative spiritual practices.
Register for each retreat individually without the two-year commitment. Contact: Dawn | (763) 416-5846 ext 1406

EAster

We celebrate the good news of Christ’s rising from the dead on Easter Sunday. By His death and resurrection, Jesus overcame sin and death and we can confidently hope in the restoration of all things! 


Join us as we proclaim He is risen and celebrate Eastertide for the next fifty days until the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. 

Easter Sunday

Welcome! Celebrate with us the Risen Christ! Meet authentic people who want to meet you, and get to know you! See our home page for the Scripture readings for this Sunday. We will celebrate together the resurrection of Jesus! 


Between services, we'll have donuts and coffee, and stop by the Welcome Kiosk for a free gift subscription to RightNow Media, the Netflix of Bible studies!


Easter Sunday

Apr 1, 9am and 11am

Join Us



Join us for this moving and experiential service as we enter into the last seven words spoken by Christ on the night of His crucifixion. 



Good Friday, Mar 30, 7pm

Call Me

Do you have a special skill or talent that you'd like the church to know about? Are you interested in helping the church with special projects? Maybe you have woodworking or metal skills, or can design a chalkboard wall. Maybe you play piano and would be available for funerals or weddings. Maybe you are a photographer or want to help feed our volunteers a meal on Wednesday nights. 


We'll add your specialty to a list and check-in with you as needed. Let us know you'd like to be on the "Call me" list. 

Contact: callme@thedoor.org

BE the Church
and 2017 Gift Guide

Be the Church
Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, instead of Sunday morning services, join us at 3pm & 5pm for a Christmas Eve candlelight service. That morning we encourage our church family to “be the church” to those around us. Find time that morning to serve your neighbors and ministry partners. A list of ideas is available below.

Sun, Dec 24

Be The Church ideas


Open Door Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas shopping is in full swing and we are excited to introduce the 2017 Open Door Gift Guide! Make your money and gifts go the distance by shopping at one or all of these companies whose whole purpose is to give back!

Open Door Gift Guide 2017

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