Addis Hewot Ministries at Trinity First Lutheran Church (LCMS)
At Trinity First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1115 East 19th Street
Minneapolis MN 55404
Founded in 2004 by Pastor Francis Stephanos Beko, a former president of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus in Ethiopia (http://www.eecmy.org/
), Addis Hewot is one of the newest ministries in the area. Music is used for at least 70% of the Amharic service, and the young musical leadership represents the pastor’s plan to distinguish his ministry from North American Lutheran practices. He emphasizes the importance of involving the youth in services and sees declining membership in US Lutheran churches as the result of the institution’s failure to maintain its youth membership: “[If you do not let them lead], you lost the young people. In most of the American churches they stopped with the old songs and they are left alone now” (Beko 2006). The younger generation at Addis Hewot is enthusiastic about the direction of the ministry. Sam Francis, one of the younger members who leads the music, states: “We’re Lutherans, but at the same time, I think of us as modern, born-again Lutherans [who are] open to exploring” (Francis 2006). The charismatic style that accompanies Addis Hewot’s services reflects a newer interpretation of Lutheran worship.
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