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. We call this Missional Life.


Living a missional life includes expanding your heart and mind in Jesus for the sake of others, and growing and educating yourself on God’s grieving and restorative heart for His world and children. 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. 



SERVING LOCALLY          SERVING GLOBALLY          MISSIONAL LIVING RESOURCES

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET PLUGGED IN NEARBY?

The following opportunities are all located within the Twin Cities metro area.

  • MN FOODSHARE

    The Minnesota FoodShare Campaign brings together organizations, businesses, faith communities, and individuals to help stock and support the capacity of nearly 300 food shelves around the state. 


    From March 1 - 31 our Open Door Family will be collecting food & supplies to help restock CEAP, Cross Services and MELA food shelves.

     

    As you purchase your donation, take a moment to pray for the individuals who will be receiving them. Donations can be dropped off in the Gathering Place until March 31. 

     

    We will also be doing a competition in OD Kids to see which classroom can collect the most food. Bring your donations to church on Sunday mornings. The winning classroom will get to participate in a snack party and gym time with Pastor Dave and Sarah Pederson!

     

    You can also donate online directly to CEAP, Cross Services, and MELA's food shelf. 

             Donate to CEAP: www.ceap.org

             Donate to Cross Services: www.crossservices.org

             Donate to MELA:. www.melaschool.org/donate


    *CEAP is also in need of grocery bags (paper only, please). These can be dropped off at the FoodShare wall during the month of March. 

  • FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN

    Have fun with family and friends by packing meals together at Feed My Starving Children (Coon Rapids location). Turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids and experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.


    Contact: Kimla Abeler | KimlaAbeler@gmail.com

    Dates: Monthly (typically the 2nd Saturday), 9-11am

    Location: Feed My Starving Children, Coon Rapids

    See Events page for next opportunity


    Learn more about Feed My Starving Children >>>




  • LOCAL FOOD SHELVES

    Help our neighbors who are struggling by donating food and supplies to our local food shelves or volunteering to serve these neighbors as they come in to shop. 


    CEAP in Brooklyn Park



    CROSS SERVICES in Rogers



    MELA Food Shelf



We closely partner with a few organizations working to address the needs that people face locally and globally. We look to these partners, who have already been working in communities, to tell us what needs and service would help.

Short Term Mission Trips

Want to step out of your comfort zone and serve internationally? We have a few opportunities for you to do that!


Short term mission trips in the US and abroad are planned as needs arise. 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: Tom Johnson | tjohnson@thedoor.org. 


  • LIBERIA MISSIONS TRIP  

    2024

    Open Door is sending a fourth team to Liberia from OD to partner with Mission of Hope for the Disabled (MHD) located outside of Monrovia, the capital city. 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, listening well and asking good questions. We will also do nurse training, eye check-ups, assist with an art camp, replace mosquito screens on windows, enjoy a beach day and worship with our brothers and sisters at MHD. These dear friends have talents, skills, gifts, abilities, dreams, ideas, and entrepreneurial spirits as well as a passion for Jesus and each other! 


    Dates for this trip at TBD.


    Questions or want to learn more? Contact: Rose Larson | rlarson@thedoor.org


    Contribute towards the general fund for the trip or towards individual team members HERE.

     

  • Slovakia MISSIONS TRIP  

    June/july  2024

    Open Door is joining GoodSports for their summer baseball / sports / English camp in Klacno, Slovakia. It’s a time to be Jesus with skin on for the youth and volunteers who come to enjoy a variety of sports, crazy camp games, campfires and conversational English.

     

    Devotional time in the morning is enhanced with music and faith stories at evening chapel. Demonstrating God's love through interaction with campers can be life-changing for young people who often come from families that have rejected the church. It's a challenging and exhilarating time in a beautiful part of a former Communist country.


    Contact: Tom Johnson | tjohnson@thedoor.org

    When: June 25 - July 9, 2024

    Location: Bratislava and Prievidza, Slovakia

    Cost: $900 plus the cost of round trip airfare to Vienna, Austria

    Apply by February 1, 2024


    Contribute towards the general fund for the trip or towards individual team members HERE.

  • GUATEMALA MISSIONS TRIPS  

    JUNE AND OCTOBER, 2024

    Open Door is joining Food for the Hungry in Guatemala to support the small village of Caserio Lopez. We will be helping to lead a vacation Bible school for children, distributing water filtrations systems to families, visiting sponsored children and continuing to building relationships with the community members and leaders. Each trip is unique depending on what the community decides is the best project for that season. Food for the Hungry is an amazing organization that we get to partner with and learn from. We will continue to have one or two trips a year, each with a slightly different focus. Stay tuned. 


    Contact: Tom Johnson at tjohnson@thedoor.org

    When: June 15-22, 2024 and October 12-19, 2024

    Approximate cost: $1,800-2,000

    Ages: 16+ (unless with parents)

    Apply by February 1, 2024 for the June trip

    Apply by June 1, 2024 for the October trip


    Contribute towards the general fund for the June trip HERE.



Missional Living Resources

We have put together a few resources to help us live a more missional lifestyle. Be led forward in seeking justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God by reading and experiencing stories through these rich resources: 

Missional Living Resources (PDF)



MISSIONAL LIFE EMAIL

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




circlefacebook  MISSIONAL LIFE FACEBOOK GROUP

Our Facebook group includes additional conversations about how we live our lives for the sake of others as well as opportunities to practice. If you're not on Facebook, but still want to know about upcoming events, ask to be added to the Missional Life email list. Join the Missional Life Facebook group.



Be sure to check the Events page for special missional related events. 

Contact: Rose Larson | rlarson@thedoor.org