When Jane and I moved to Andover in 1990 to launch what became Prairie Oak Community Church, we had no idea of the adventure that was before us and the stories we would see rewritten. Our family had the opportunity to witness God create something out of nothing. When we arrived in Anoka County, we had no people, no money, and I was a young kid.
God has taken us on an incredible ride and we’ve had so much fun seeking God and attempting to breathe life into our community in creative ways. The DNA of Prairie Oak has been carried to many places and, through a few church plants, thousands have been transformed because a small group of people made their lives an offering so that God could do something new. Since day one, our goal was to invite people to the incredible adventure of following Christ. Over the years, many people have sacrificed and given to model the sacrificial love of Christ.
We’ve had some setbacks that have made it impossible for us to serve the community at the level of excellence we have been accustomed to. Therefore, we are in a season of studying how to re-position our church and campus to better serve the community. As of now, we are not having weekend worship services, but are still offering a few things that we believe can add value to others. We are grateful to be part of what God is doing in our community and world. We pray God’s blessings on all the churches of Anoka County.
Pastor Steve Gahagen
PS: Here is a link to a phenomenal message I stumbled across related to building friendships by Irwin McManus of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGmJfmmmpyw
Here is another inspiring message. This one’s from Francis Chan, encouraging us to seek God’s gifts, which He gives us specifically so that we can help others.
In this season of transition, we are still offering:
Small Group Bible Discussion – We’re studying the top 100 Scriptures we need to know in order to have a Biblical world view. Let us know if you would like to register to attend in 2020 (contact us here.)
Connect – A Tuesday night connection event for middle and high school students sponsored by Play To Your Strengths. The goal of Connect is to create a community of young people who are learning about their unique talents and how they can make a difference in the world. It runs from 6-8 p.m. and includes dinner. Learn more details here.
Pastoral/Crisis Care – We are still here to serve people facing crisis or loss situations. We have a special passion to serve those who don’t have a connection with a church or any church background.
Faith Coaching – A six-week coaching plan to help people become confident in their relationship with God and to develop a game plan to connect with and follow Christ. This is a very personal and tailored way to take a major leap in your relationship with God. No church experience necessary. In fact, this is a great way to explore faith if you’re a skeptic.
Youth Contender Coaching – One-on-one strengths-based faith coaching to help young people become confident in their relationship with God and who God has created them to be.
Our Facility and Campus
One of the long-term values of Prairie Oak has been to generously use our campus and facility to demonstrate the love of Christ. We are still hosting birthday parties in our Treehouse Activity Park and would like to be able t0 open up the Treehouse from 10-Noon in the morning in the cold winter months for parents and kids to connect. If you would be interested in keeping posted on this or even to help host a morning, please use the contact form to let us know.
We are considering opening up our atrium as a shared office space for those who work from home. It’s a great environment for work, with high ceilings and a fireplace. There is potential to be connected to a printer and to use conference room space, if necessary. If you would be interested in knowing more about this development, please let us know on the contact page.