Immigration Is Complicated.  Let’s Talk.

Millions of people around the globe have been displaced from their homes and Christians are called to love our neighbors as ourselves.  How do we respond to these truths in ways that are compassionate, wise, and just?

Sermon Series runs October 20-November 24

You’ll find us at the Shoreview Community Center on Sunday mornings.  Service times are 9:15 am and 10:45 am.

Refugee Life Ministries (RLM) Interest meeting — December 4, 7pm

Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm at our ECC offices (513 Tanglewood Dr. Shoreview).  Join us for an Interest Meeting about how you (and your family) can partner with Arrive Ministries and the work they do with refugees and asylum-seekers. Find out who is coming to Minnesota as refugees? And what are the opportunities to get personally involved? Hear stories of others who have walked alongside these new-to-country families. RSVP to Bekah Backman (

  • Emmanuel Covenant Church

    About Us

    At Emmanuel (ECC), we don’t duck the hard stuff.  Join us as we explore what the Bible says about immigrants and refugees, present facts and dispel myths, and provide practical ideas that you can use to bring help and hope to a hurting world.  We’ll have a Resource Table in the lobby where you can learn more about the partners and resources that you’ll find on this page.

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  • Covenant World Relief

    Global Partner

    For more than 60 years, Covenant World Relief (CWR) has responded to human suffering and injustice in the world.  CWR works through local partners around the world to reduce human suffering and to support healthy communities.

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  • Arrive Ministries

    Local Partner

    Arrive Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of the refugee and immigrant.  Over the course of our Complicado series, you’ll also hear us mention Refugee Life Ministries (RLM).  RLM is a ministry of Arrive Ministries and shares their vision to empower churches to walk alongside refugee families with the love of Christ.

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  • Emmanuel Children's Home

    Global Partner

    If you’ve seen news reports about the immigration crisis on our southern border, there’s a very good chance that you’ve seen footage of a bridge that we cross every year.  Emmanuel Covenant Church has partnered with Emmanuel Ministries (EM) from the start.  Sharing a name and a special relationship with this remarkable oasis of hope in Juarez, Mexico keeps us anchored to the fundamentals of our faith (James 1:27).

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  • St. Mary's Health Clinics

    Local Partner

    St. Mary’s Health Clinics provide free medical care, outreach and education to low-income, uninsured families and individuals who are not eligible for government programs.  They conduct health promotion, health screening, health education, and outreach in collaboration with community organizations while helping low-income individuals find affordable healthcare coverage.

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Local & Urban Engagement

Engaging in ministry to displaced persons is one of many substantive ways that Emmanuel is committed to coming alongside those who are hurting.  If you’d like help finding your fit, contact our Director of Outreach,  Bekah Backman.


Recommended Resources

At our Resource Table on Sunday mornings, we’ll connect you with a host of relevant Scripture passages, links to helpful websites, handouts with shocking stats, and resources like these quality books and films.


  • Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

    Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr Issam Smeir
  • You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us

    Kent Annan
  • SHORT FILM: 4.1 Miles

    Daphne Matziaraki
  • SHORT FILM: The Stranger Film

    Evangelical Immigration Table