ministry partners

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Oak Hills is a member of NAE, whose motto is “Influence for Good”. NAE President Emeritus Leith Anderson is personal friends with our own President Martin Giese, & has spoken twice at Oak Hills, most recently at Dr. Giese installation service.  The NAE is now led by Walter Kim. Check out their magazine titled “Evangelicals”, & click the link below to see more info about how our Christian faith should connect with current political issues.


Oak Hills partners with Tim Johnson and his MCMA to provide our Bemidji Rekindle ministry conference. The Rekindle conference is the primary ministry conference in northern MN for local pastors and lay leaders. 


Oak Hills has been a member of the Global Leadership Network since 2012 and is the northern MN host for The Global Leadership Summit. This is the primary leadership development conference in the US for all sectors of society.

CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship)

Our Center for Indian Ministries & Church Ministries partnered with Huron Claus and his CHIEF ministry to provide the July 2017 United in Christ – Native Christian Leadership Conference. Oak Hills continues to partner with CHIEF in our Mokahum Ministry Center and upcoming BUILD program of mobile discipleship training for reservation communities.

interim pastor ministries

Our Church Ministries team regularly directs churches entering pastoral search processes to contact IPM for assistance. Many evangelical churches in northern MN and in eastern ND have been blessed through IPM’s experienced pastors.

transform Mn

Transform MN is a new ministry organization based out of the Twin Cities that has caught our attention with their ministry collaboration and networking to bring relevant help for current issues churches in our MN are facing. Transform MN is a co-sponsor of the Grow! Leadership Conference for the Rural and Small Town Church, which was last held on March 3, 2018 in Willmar MN. Transform MN is partnering with Converge North Central, MN District Assemblies of God, North Central District of the EFCA, Northwest Conference of Evangelical Covenant Church in providing the Grow! Conference.

EFCA – North Central and Northern Plains Districts

Oak Hills is an inter-denominational ministry, and one our strongest connections in this region is with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Our Church Ministries team both attend local EFC’s, Rick Weinert served as District Superintendent for the Northern Mountain District, and Jim Hodgson serves on the board of the North Central District and grew up connected with the Northern Plains District.

Evangelical Free church of America


The EFCA is an association & fellowship of autonomous & interdependent churches united around the same statement of faith. Considered one of the most diverse denominations in the US, the EFCA is reversing division, multiplying Kingdom growth & developing transformational churches among all people. Their All People Initiative is a national coalition of multiethnic & multicultural leaders committed to disciplemaking, gospel impact & community transformation.


Right Now Media is like Christian Netflix w/ a vast streaming library of Bible study videos available. They also are the ministry that hosts the Work as Worship livestream and resources. Research signing your church up as a member.  (Complimentary access is given to all current Oak Hills staff and students” by signing in through the link above)


Next Step Resources is an EFCA affiliate ministry, based in Bloomington MN, providing Christian books & church ministry curriculum. They are the one-stop-shop bookstore for our OHF Church Ministries team, and we recommend them to churches & ministries in our northern region.


How do you know you’ve made a disciple? Sonlife’s disciple-making training takes you back to the model – Jesus Himself – so you can do what He did.

4 Chair Discipling


With over 60 million people in rural America, a movement is emerging to plant, resource, and multiply life-giving, spirit-filled ministries in rural America. The Rural Matters Institute is a community for pastors and Christian leaders serving in non-urban contexts. With the convening power of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, RMI was created to provide support, learning, and community for denominations, networks, and churches ministering in non-urban contexts throughout North America.

RURAL home missionary Association


RHMA plants & strengthens churches in small towns, ministering to thousands of town & country churches. Our President Dr. Martin Giese is close friends with RHMA’s Executive Director – Ron Klassen, having co-authored their book Leading Through Change together with Barney Wells. Martin is also a frequent presenter in their TACT program for seminary students.

Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Our Church Ministries team has entered into a new ministry partnership with the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, in providing Rural Ministry training to their pastors & lay leaders through online webinars. Martin Giese, Rick Weinert, Mark Hovestol, & Jim Hodgson join their NW Conference team in providing these online & recorded training sessions every other month.