Word of Life Ministries
We are active in many ministries and pursuing new opportunities to meet the Mankato area community. Ministries either equip and edify the body of Christ (in-reach) or proclaim the Gospel with and without words through acts of service and mercy (outreach). There is a place for you and your heart for ministry at Word of Life!
Women’s Bible Study 9am Thursdays
As women, our lives can be so busy, and it can seem almost impossible to find time to invest in either friendships or Bible study. This is a group for women of all ages to come together and be encouraged and grow in their faith walk together. While we focus on looking to the truth of God’s Word to speak to our lives, there is no greater joy than the fellowship of growing into Christ together!
We’re a friendly group who enjoy our time together. For more information, come by and visit us on Thursdays @ 9am or contact us for information on our current study.
Busy moms: childcare arrangements are available- contact us!
Women’s Missionary Federation (WMF)
The purpose of the WMF is to awaken and deepen interest in and love for the kingdom of God, at home and abroad, thus sharing in the great missionary enterprise of the Christian Church. We dedicate ourselves to the great commission of the Lord Jesus Christ when He said, “Go in to all the world, and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16 :15).
We are open to all women interested in studying the Bible, furthering mission work around the world, and supporting the ministries of the WMF. Meetings are held on a monthly basis after the women’s Bible study which meets Thursdays @ 9am.
Insight: Bible Project at Word of Life (Coming Soon)
“Insight” is an upcoming weekly ministry event which explores the world of the Bible through the vivid imagery of The Bible Project. We will pray together, study the Bible, deal with hard questions, and sing praises to God. Whether you just are interested in learning about Jesus’ story or you’ve made His story part of your own, you are welcome here. Stay tuned for details!
The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create videos that walk through the unified narrative of the Bible, book-by-book, and theme-by-theme. Their videos concisely treat major theological features of the story with compelling artistry. And all of it is distributed for use from thebibleproject.com for free!
Foundations of the Faith - Confirmation
Foundations of the Faith is a one-on-one time to explore the authority of Scripture, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, the Sacraments, some Lutheran confessional writings, and the principles of the free church movement, all with a focus on Law and Gospel.
Lessons are introduced with a Bible passage intended to lead students into discussion topics. The core of each lesson is the study of Scripture as it applies to the topic. Lessons are written in such a way as to allow freedom and flexibility for Pastor Chris to teach to the student through discussion, collaboration, inquiry, reading, and writing. The lessons are modeled after a Cornell notes format in which students are encouraged to ask questions and write summaries of learning.
Contact Pastor Chris for questions and scheduling.
Free Lutheran Ministries
Our Bible COllege (AFLBS)
AFLBS is a two-year Bible college designed to help students know and understand God’s Word and apply it to their lives. As students study the Bible, they grow in their relationship with God, develop life-long friendships, and learn to serve God with their lives.
Our Seminary (AFLTS)
Since 1964, AFLTS has been preparing servant pastors for free and living Lutheran congregations. AFLTS offers a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree in a three-year classroom format and one-year internship.
Seminary training at AFLTS includes three years of classroom instruction on a beautiful campus in suburban Minneapolis. The fourth year includes a one-year congregation-based internship in a Free Lutheran congregation, with an experienced AFLC pastor as supervisor.
The ARC (The Association Retreat Center)
The ARC is located in northwestern Wisconsin along the beautiful St. Croix River Valley just 45 minutes from the Minneapolis-St Paul Metropolitan area. In 1979, the AFLC bought the abandoned radar base to be used as a summer Bible Camp. Over the years, the ARC continued to expand its offerings and is now a year-round, full service camp and retreat center with five main meeting rooms, a full-service kitchen, a man-made swimming lake and the ability to lodge up to 600 guests.
The ARC exists to glorify Jesus Christ by providing a place where people can be equipped to make a positive difference in their lives, homes, churches, and communities. Throughout the year, the ARC hosts both faith-based and non-faith based groups. Family Camps, Bible Camps, craft and quilt groups, recovery groups and athletic groups are just a few examples of groups that find the ARC a great place to ‘Come Away and Rest Awhile’ for retreats, conferences, camps and other events.
Nate and Rhoda Jore
Nate and Rhoda Jore and their children, Elijah, Judah, Hannah, Jeremiah, Julia and Evie Mae are AFLC missionaries to Uganda, East Africa. Nate and Rhoda arrived in Uganda to begin the work there in the fall of 2006. The first year was spent studying the language and culture and building relationships. They continue by ministering to the people and working with the training of pastors and leaders of the churches.
The Miriam Home was started in 1990 with one little boy, who's Mother died from a heart attack in her early 20's. Social Services from Campo Mourão had come up to see if we could take this child. So little Ricardo came to us and the Miriam Home was born. Since Ricardo, hundreds of children have passed through our doors - some being adopted to other families, others returning to their recuperated family.
Paul and Becky Abel
Pastor Paul and Becky Abel serve AFLC World Missions in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Their daughter Joanna, her husband Silvo and four children live in Brazil. Their other daughter Christina and her husband Daniel also live in Brazil. Andrew is married and lives in Minneapolis and is employed by the AFLC Schools. Matthew and Ednay were married in 2015 and are serving as AFLC Missionaries in Paraguay.
Since 1985, the Abel’s have established four churches in the metropolitan area of Curitiba, as well as the Brazil ARCA retreat center, where they have made their home since 1992.
Paul and Becky are planning to go to the United States the end of August 2019 for furlough.
Levi Berntson currently serves as Ministry Intern at Shiloh Church in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Levi is studying full-time at John Witherspoon College in Rapid City, SD. He is a graduate of our Association Free Lutheran Bible School, in Plymouth, MN. Levi and his wife, Jordan, were married in 2017 and are enjoying living in the Black Hills.