Backus Church of the Nazarene

A Church of the Nazarene church in Backus, MN
  • Backus Church of the Nazarene

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Address
618 State 371 Nw
Backus, MN 56435

Phone
218-947-4243

Website

Directions
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Who We Are

We Are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.  more >>

We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism with the Holy Spirit"-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.   more >>

We Are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.

Vibe
Casual, Young families, Lots of kids, Multigenerational, Neighborhood-focused

Programs
Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Community Service

Music
Traditional Hymns, Contemporary

Denomination
Church of the Nazarene

Size
Small

Language
English

Contact

Address
618 State 371 Nw
Backus, MN 56435

Phone
218-947-4243

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
Come as You are. Upon arrival you will be greeted with some smiling people who will make sure you are welcomed. We are committed to having a service in which you experience the hope and love of God. All are invited and come as you are. You will walk into a church that you are loved and cared for. You are welcomed to come in and grab a hot coffee, sit and enjoy a snack that is prepared by our wonderful ladies of the church. We are a family friendly church and strive to make your first visit an enjoyable one.

What is the community like?
Urban

What if I'm not a Christian?
Visit our website and I have the full Salvation plan laid out. If that don't work call or email and lets talk.

Leadership

John Rister

John Rister

Hello, My name is Pastor John Rister but most friends just call me John. I hope that we can become friends. I am originally from the Detroit Michigan area and recently moved to Northern Minnesota. This is a beautiful area as well as home to some amazing hunting and fishing. I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior back in 1994, after I tried to drink myself to death. God got ahold of my life, cleaned me up and called me to ministry. I try and help point people to this amazing relationship with Jesus Christ. I am not perfect and neither is the church, but our desire is to reach out into the community and invite our friends to church. I have an amazing family who love the Lord and also desire to serve the community. We would love to get to know you and become your friend. Jesus said he came to save the lost and show them a life of hope and of forgiveness. If you are looking for a church home, one that is honest and authentic than please come and and let us get to know you and embrace you as a friend.

What Members Say

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  • Run for the hills as this church does not recognize John 3:16. Lead by a misguided Pastor who seems to believe he sits at the right hand of the Father.
  • People are hurting and suffering under Pastor John and his religion of hate. I wish the Board would find a new pastor!!
  • According to Pastor John, accepting Jesus is not enough. Unless you give him all your money he will not profess your salvation! This Pastor needs to go. Prayers for all the families he has hurt over the years!!
  • Simply no words. I will never return to this cult lead by Pastor John and his hateful words.
  • Wow has this church changed under Pastor John and his message of hate. It’s sad to see a Pastor that believes he is God himself based on his own interpretation of the Bible. All he cares about is donations to his church expansion which he wants all the credit for.
  • This church’s Pastor does not recognize John 3:16 which is sad. According to Pastor John belief in Jesus is not enough and you can lose your salvation. He makes sure to bring this up after one of your loved ones passes away at their service. This is NOT your parents and grandparents Nazarene church any longer. So sad to see.
  • I am sad to report that I love nothing about this church since John took over. He is a terrible pastor and adds things to the Bible that simply are not true like his personal belief that you can lose your salvation if John is thrown out of your house when you make an unannounced visit and use “choice” words at him. John has no filter and seems to enjoy causing pain to grieving families. The Backus liquor store is just across 371 John. You would be better serving the good citizens of Backus in a business you are very familiar with. Pastoring is simply not your call!!!
  • I am sad to report that I love nothing about this church since John took over. He is a terrible pastor and adds things to the Bible that simply are not true like his personal believe that you can lose your salvation if John is thrown out of your house when you make an unannounced visit and use “choice” words at him. John has no filter and seems to enjoy causing pain to grieving families. The Backus liquor store is just across 371 John. You would be better serving the good citizens of Backus in a business you are very familiar with. Pastoring is simply not your call!!!
  • We are a church of people who love one another, love our pastor and appreciate his love for us and the community our church serves. He is a gifted preacher whose sermons touch the hearts of all of us.
  • John has to be the worst and most disrespectful pastor I’ve witnessed. Honestly the worst sermon I’ve ever been to. Uninspired, irrelevant, sloppy, and full of gossip. Since John took over, this place has gone downhill.
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