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Our Team


Our Team

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Our Team


Our Team

 
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David berge - pastor

David Berge is the planting pastor of City of Lakes Covenant Church.

David attended the University of Minnesota. After college he worked for two years as the Youth Director at Aldrich Church, where he sensed the call to ministry. Upon completing seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary, David served as Associate Pastor for 4 years at Ojai Presbyterian Church in sunny Ojai, CA.

Since his college days David felt the call to start a vibrant, faithful, dynamic, and thoughtful church in the city that he loves more than anywhere else. Seven years after leaving Minneapolis, God called Amy and him back to Minneapolis to plant City of Lakes Covenant Church. The planting journey brought City of Lakes into a cooperative ministry partnership with Aldrich Church called Resurrection MPLS.

The Berges and their three sons reside in the Armatage neighborhood.

An unscientific and incomplete list of David's favorite theologians/authors: N.T. WrightPeter LeithartKarl BarthLesslie NewbiginMarilynne RobinsonDietrich BonhoefferG.K. ChestertonC.S. LewisAlan JacobsAugustine of HippoJohn CalvinRobert Jenson, and Marguerite Shuster.

You can reach Dave via email.

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MATT ANDERSON (ASSOCIATE PASTOR)

Matt is our Associate for Discipleship and Local Missions. Before joining our team Matt was the Planting Pastor of The Story in the Powderhorn Neighborhood. Matt is a graduate of Bethel University and Bethel Seminary. He brings a passion for making disciples and engaging people in kingdom ministry in our community. He is bi-vocational and for his other job he works for Ace in the City a Christian Community Development Organization. Matt, his wife and their three kids live in Richfield. 

You can reach Matt via email.

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MAI SOUA LARSON - Children's ministry director

Mai is our amazing Children's Ministry Director. She has extensive education and experience, with a BA from Northwestern University in St. Paul and an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary.

Mai is diligent and creative. She has poured herself into giving shape to our Children's Ministry since July 2015. She loves Jesus and kids, and she finds creative ways to engage their hearts and minds in kids worship and a lesson each and every Sunday. 

Mai and her husband have three kids of their own.

You can reach Mai via email.

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KATIE - WORSHIP LEADER

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her Masters in Social Work. She also opened an Lock and Key Escape Puzzle Rooms with her husband Alex. Buy tickets here! On top of all that she, shares in the worship leading duties City of Lakes. 

To put it in the simplest possible terms, Katie is awesome.

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AMY BERGE - WORSHIP LEADER

Amy is a math teacher by training, a full-time mother to three boys, a photographer, and a church planter's wife.

If that weren't enough, she's also is a fantastic worship leader and makes the best s'mores bars you've ever tasted.

Check out her photography at amyberge.com

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KRISTEN KOKESCH (CHILDREN'S MINISTRY)

Kristen is our amazing Children's Ministry Intern. She is a student at Bethel University and a truly wonderful addition to our team.

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Ryan paul plewacki - office manager

Ryan is the Office Manager Extraordinaire. If you have a question about anything, he'll be able to answer it, or find the person who can. Ryan handles building scheduling, email correspondence, bulletins, newsletters, worship slides and design He has the spiritual gift of fixing the copy machine.

You can reach Ryan via email or call (612) 825-2479.

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Stuart Erickson - custodian

Stu and his wife Cathy have been keeping the church clean since the 1990s.

 
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Our Story


Our Story

Our Story


Our Story

OUR MISSION

City of Lakes Covenant Church is dedicated to making disciples of Jesus who makes disciples for the glory of God and the good of the City.
— City of Lakes Mission Statement

City of Lakes Covenant Church began as a dream shared over dinner and good conversation between friends in September 2011. Actually, it goes back a lot farther, but that September night is a good place to start.

These friends were talking about their experience of church, their love for the city of Minneapolis, and their deep desire for a community that could be a home for the many people they knew who were disconnected from either the church, the Christian faith, or both. They dreamed of a church that took Christian faith and life seriously but did so in a way that was winsome and intelligible within the contemporary context.

They dreamed of being part of a deep and rich Christian community, one where people shared life together - with its joys, sorrows, and mundane rhythms - in the hope that such a community might be a compelling witness to the good news that "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19).

They dreamed of being a part of God's mission to the world in Jesus Christ: a mission to bring light to dark places, to give purpose and direction to the lost, to give hope to the jaded and cynical, to reconcile people across the artificial barriers we have constructed, and to love mercy and do justice.

This is the church that we dream and pray of becoming. A church radically centered on the person, work, and teachings of Jesus Christ. A church relentlessly focused on experimenting with what it means to pursue and live out Christ's vision of the kingdom of God in our time. A church completely comitted to blessing this city that we love and in which God has placed us for his glory.

This is our story, this is our dream, this is our vision, this is our prayer. We invite you to join us on the journey as we seek to be the church in and for south Minneapolis.

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Our Denomination


Our Denomination

Our Denomination


Our Denomination

THE EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH

City of Lakes Covenant Church is a church plant of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The word Evangelical derives from the Greek work evagel meaning "good news." Our denomination is evangelical in that we believe that it is our mission to declare that the message and ministry of Jesus are good news for all people.

The word covenant means "agreement" or "promise." We call ourselves a Covenant church because we have committed to being in relationships of support, mission, and accountability with other churches. Though each Covenant church is self-governed, we place ourselves in intentional relationships with other churches who bear the Covenant name.

The values of the Covenant are well captured by the "Four ALs" which themselves mirror the Nicene marks of the church, that she is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

There were two historic questions early Covenantors asked one another which help define who we are as a denomination.

  • BiblicAL - "where is it written?" This affirms that the Covenant is apostolic - founded on the teachings of the apostles as witnessed to in Scripture.
  • DevotionAL - "how is your walk?" This affirms that the Covenant is holy - committed to living lives that are pleasing and acceptable to God.

As Covenantors formed in the U.S., they chose the name "Mission Friends" and two new questions arose which capture new dimensions of our denominational identity that emerged in this country.

  • MissionAL - "are we pursuing Christ's purposes?" This affirms that the Covenant seeks to fulfill the catholic - meaning universal - scope of Christ's mission to proclaim and embody the Kingdom of God.
  • ConnectionAL - "are we together in Christian community?" This affirms the Covenant's commitment to embody in our network of churches the reality that the church of Jesus Christ is one. The unity of the church is essential to its witness to the reality of the triune God.

To learn more about the Covenant go to covchurch.org.


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Cooperative Ministry


Cooperative Ministry

Cooperative Ministry


Cooperative Ministry

At City of Lakes we've entered into a cooperative ministry partnership with Aldrich Avenue Presbyterian Church. Cooperative ministry may be defined as:

“...[S]everal congregations in a particular geographical area...that covenant together to envision that area as the place in which Christ is calling them to cooperatively plan and engage in ministry and mission. While each congregation maintains its own session or board, the covenant requires the participating congregations to share ideas, energies, leadership and resources. The goal of cooperative ministry is to maximize and focus the ministry of the participating congregations it is a way to enliven congregations and allow them to move from an attitude of surviving to one of thriving. It may involve churches from one denomination or it may be ecumenical.” - Spiritual Vitality Through Cooperative Ministry

In the Fall of 2014, we moved our worship services to the Aldrich Church facility seeking not just a landlord but a partner in ministry. Over the course of our first months there, we discovered that our congregations share a common mission to reach south Minneapolis with the gospel and to be a vital Christian presence & witness in that community. We began to explore what it would mean for us work more closely together for the cause of the kingdom in our community. This process of discernment led us to a vision for cooperative ministry partnership because we believe that our two congregations are better when we collaborate together. Together we can be more faithful, more missional, and more effective reaching south Minneapolis with the good news of Jesus Christ.

We share the common goal of helping everyone discover and live into their true purpose - we are all created to glorify God and enjoy God forever. We share core theological commitments to the centrality of the Word of God, the necessity of grace, the reality of our unity through faith in Christ, the power of the kingdom of God in our midst, and our dependence on the Holy Spirit for any of our efforts to bear fruit. We share the belief that working together is itself a missionary activity (John 17:20-21).

City of Lakes is still a distinct congregation with its own leadership. However, we've chosen to enter into a partnership with Aldrich in order to be more faithful to our own mission and core values. For us this is a step into a deeper obedience into who God is calling us to be. The Covenant is a center-set denomination, together with Aldrich we're working to dig wells that draw people to Christ, not build fences to keep us separated from each other.