PROTESTANTISM

With multiple locations throughout the metro, a place of worship is never far from home.

The options when it comes to Christian congregations are vast, thanks to the many denominations within the religion. Many Twin Cities churches represent the Protestant branch of this faith tradition, whether they are Lutheran, United Methodist, Baptist, Evangelical Free or even non-denominational.

With two campuses (one is conveniently located just south of downtown Minneapolis), Mount Olivet Lutheran Church has been serving the Twin Cities area for more than 90 years, and has a congregation of about 13,000 members. An ELCA-affiliated church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities also has two campuses—one in Minneapolis and one in the western suburb of Minnetonka.
Located in Maple Grove, Church of the Open Door is a non-denominational congregation that serves thousands of singles, couples and families in a beautiful facility. And with six campuses throughout the Twin Cities metro, Eagle Brook Church is one of the largest non-denominational places of worship in the area.

Finding an accepting congregation is no problem in the Twin Cities, where we have many LGBTQ-friendly (otherwise known as “welcoming” or “reconciling”) congregations. Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, St. Stephen’s (Lutheran) in Bloomington and Edina Community Lutheran Church are among the many welcoming congregations, as well as Bloom, a less formal congregation that started in 2008. Bloom meets at a middle school building in St. Paul and follows a less traditional approach to corporate worship, which includes group discussion and asking questions.

The Twin Cities also have congregations that can provide support in physical and mental illness or disability. Located in Minneapolis, Zion Lutheran Church hosts a weekly Recovery Worship service for those struggling with addiction, mental health issues, grief or loss. There are churches all over the Twin Cities with services in American Sign Language and for the deaf community, including Bread of Life Deaf Lutheran Church and Deaf Life Church in St. Paul.

Being as rich with immigrants from all over the world as we are, it’s no surprise that the Twin Cities have congregations that reflect cultures from North Africa, Southeast Asia and more. Located in Brooklyn Park, Ebenezer Community Church has a large number of Liberian members, and St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church has traditional Hmong services, children’s services and services in English.

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