Bruce Anderson, Pastor Emeritus at Central Baptist Church and Certified Master Police Chaplain, has been a minister for 50 years serving congregations in four MN communities and two in SD prior to his current role. During this time, he has seen a tremendous increase in the amount of money needed for basic needs of citizens seeking help. At one time fuel requests were frequent and today, though this need still exists; more families are needing help with rent payments to keep them from becoming homeless. He and Randy Tweeten, Pastor of Care Ministries at Central Baptist, show their concern for those in need by referring them to The Community Outreach.
“There is a vast difference between giving money to people in need and helping people,” said Pastor Anderson. “The Community Outreach compassionately counsels those we refer and conscientiously helps them by understanding not only their immediate financial need but also their complete situation. They do a budget with every person they see.” He added, “Giving money is not always helpful and Carrie (in-take caseworker) knows when it is and isn’t. I wholeheartedly encourage a partnership between churches and this agency. By doing so, faith leaders and the agency are better equipped to handle the ongoing needs of a family and client when we work together.”
Pastor Anderson’s 30-year volunteer police chaplaincy and care ministries work has shown him a whole different side of the community. As a pastor he chose to devote 10 percent of his time to go to people on the street instead of waiting for them to come to him at church and by doing so he feels he became a better minister.
The Community Outreach would like to thank Pastor Anderson and his colleagues at Central Baptist Church for their prayers, support and partnership and wish him and his wife, Alice, many more blessed years together to enjoy their 10 grandchildren and three grown sons.Print This Email This