American Indian Ministry Initiative

In 1838 the need for land and resources caused the United States government under President Andrew Jackson to remove the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. A forced march during the brutal winter of 1838-1839 of 15,000 men, women and children was conducted for over 1000 miles to Oklahoma. About 4000 people died during the difficult march. The event is known as the Trail of Tears. American history is littered with countless stories of acts against the American Indian in the name of progress and religion.

Today, Indian tribes continue their struggle to live in a world that still remains hostile to their independence and survival. A charge that has painful to accept is that when the Indian has suffered, the church has been silent and at times, complicit in the eradication of Indian culture and life.

However, a new wind is stirring and it is from the Lord. Churches are realizing that an important ancient people have been forgotten and we have been called to return to the harvest field to reach the American Indian for Christ. The Indian population in Wisconsin and upper Michigan justifies special work to reach them. Too long they have been missing from our churches and it is time to reach out in a renewed effort.

Our reservations in Wisconsin are Red Cliff, Bad River, St. Croix, Lac Courte Oreilles, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, Lac du Flambeau, Sokaogon Chippewa, Forest County Potawatomi and Stockbridge-Munsee.

Our reservations in Upper Michigan are L’Anse, Lac Vieux Desert, Ontonagon, Sault Ste. Marie, Bay Mills, and Hannahville.

The American Indian Ministry Steering Committee is a group of believers from various Converge Great Lakes churches who are working to create a foundation of the beginnings stages of this outreach.  From this group, the CGL churches receive support and direction for the work. The ideas, prayer requests, education and opportunities for involvement are a constant reminder to all of the importance of including all people for Christ. For more information on being involved, please contact Ken Nabi, Regional President at 608-244-5000 or via email.

Training Resource Information

A valuable resource has been developed.  Training videos featuring training by Chuck Ells, Pastor of Lakeside Community Church and Assoc. Director of Human Resources- Fond du Lac Reservation is being made available to CGL congregations. These training videos are split out into four segments which offer foundational information related to reaching this forgotten people group. The topics of theology, race and reconciliation, historical issues, culture and bridging the gap between the church and the American Indian are offered in conjunction with a study guide. 

These training resources are available!

Please view these Video Resources under our Resources/Video Resources, and the Study Guides under our Resource Library.

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