Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc. — Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be divinely inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and redemptive death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the father and His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation for the lost and sinful man, regeneration, by the Holy Spirit is biblically essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling and empowerment he Christian is enabled to live a Godly life and through whom the Spiritual gifts are operational in the Church today.
- We believe that to every believer God has provided an endowment of spiritual power for the evangelism of the lost.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost ‘into the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Outreach / Evangelism—Prayer Needs
First Nations Recovery Center—Prayer Needs
Faith-Based Curriculum (Life Recovery in Christ)
Comprehensive Support Services—Prayer Needs
Life Skills Training
Native Spiritual Practices
Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc. (Overcomers Ministries) adheres strictly to the teaching of the Bible. Those who decide to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior forsake all other things that would compete with God’s claim as the all knowing all powerful eternal God.
For this reason, Overcomers Ministries does not participate in non-Christian spiritual practices including prayers to ancesteral spirits, burning sage and participating in sweat lodges.
The attempt to combine such practices with Christian beliefs is known as syncretism. Scripture in both the Old and New testaments strictly warn against syncretism – especially by those who claim to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We would appreciate the opportunity to communicate with you about this further if you are interested in knowing more.
Faith-Based Addiction Treatment
The First Nations Recovery Center – a component of Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc., is a licensed Alcohol and Drug “culturally specific” outpatient treatment program for Native Americans. The Recovery Center was launched in June 2007 under a contract with Hennepin County and is strategically located in the heart of the Minneapolis Native community and has graduated over 50 clients in the one and one half years of operation.
Faith-Based Curriculum (Life Recovery in Christ)
In launching the First Nations Recovery Center, two tracks of curriculum were developed. The first track is for Hennepin County contracted services that excludes faith-based curriculum.
The second optional track is the Life Recovery in Christ discussion group which reaches out to individuals in recovery, friends, and family members who desire to learn what the Bible says about overcoming addictions and out of control living.
Barriers from Without and From Within
There are a variety of barriers that Native Americans face that can make it difficult, at least initially, to accept Christianity as the way to living a fruitful life today, tomorrow and for all eternity. Barriers come both from without and from within. From without are the mistakes that have been made by those representing the Christian community going back many generations. From within are the barriers that may be unique to Native Americans in addition to barriers all people have to Christianity until God sovereignly reveals himself to them.
Barriers Native Americans Face When Presented with the Christian Message
- Spiritual Forces: As do all people, Native Americans have spiritual forces working against them.— Ephesians 6: 12 Romans 1:25.
- Paternalism: A practice used on aboriginal people of North America by dominated Anglo-American/Canadian government and church groups in carrying out the doctrine called, “Manifest Destiny”.
- Failed Policies of Organized Religion: In essence a policy of the 1800’s and early 1900’s to “Civilize” Native people that impacted and perpetuated the resistance Native people have to the true meaning of Christ’s message of love.
- Denominational Conflict: On most reservations and Canadian reserves, the existence of multiple denominations result not in cooperation but in conflict. This separates communities and hinders the acceptance of Christianity.
- Breakdown of Family and Community: Alcohol, drugs and suicide have torn down otherwise more healthy Native American values of family, community and related lifestyles. Learned patterns of alcohol abuse are passed on from generation to generation.
- Lack of Men in Church Leadership: In churches on most Reservations and Reserves, women assume leadership roles due to the low participation of men.
- Few Indigenous Pastors: Not only do many churches attended by Native Americans lack a Native American pastor, but many were founded under, and may still be influenced by “cultural imperialism, patronizing approaches and institutional dependencies” which inhibit church planting efforts. For this reason, Ralph Winter* stated that most Native American tribes are still “unreached” in that few churches attended by Native American’s are truly indigenous. —Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, 1999, p. 364 *Ralph Winter was the Founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission and coined the phrase “unreached people groups”. Note: Currently, only 1% of Native Americans call themselves Christians.
- Self Satisfaction: Native American Christians who are satisfied in their own abilities to meet their needs may become complacent and lack the motivation to take the steps required to grow in their faith.
- Compromising Christian Walk: Some Native American Christians may continue in activities that, while acceptable in the general culture, are in conflict with the teachings from the Bible. Such activities include gambling, mixing non-Christian beliefs with Christian beliefs, and drinking or drinking to excess.
- Limited Financial Resources: Native American churches and para-church organizations like Overcomers Ministries often lack the financial resources to sufficiently support missions to Native Americans. In addition, churches with missions budgets rarely view Native Americans as an “unreached people group” in the same way as they view unreached people groups located overseas. As a result, churches often allocate relatively few dollars to support missions efforts among Native American. See ‘Few Indigenous Pastors’ above.