Being Church

Being Church

Book Description:This is the church, this is the steeple.” You probably know the rest of the rhyme. I hate to break it to you, but this is extremely misguided from what, or better yet WHO, the church is – as described in the Bible. Jesus said, “I will build my church.” Was He talking about a building? A once a week service under a steeple? Or is it possible Jesus was actually referring to people? And if the church is people, what would it mean for the world if we truly believed that to be true?

Sarah, Scott, Dan, Jamie, Gretchen
Sarah, Scott, Dan, Jamie, Gretchen



AUTHORS: Five people had a role in bringing this book to life. Jamie Miller (2nd from right) is the primary writer and humbly offers his insights on who he believes the Biblical narrative describes church to be. Sarah, Scott, Dan, & Gretchen (from left to right) contributed a written response to each section of Jamie’s writing. The feedback they presented are as unique as their background and personalities. The end product for the reader will illicit critical thinking and a much fuller picture of who Jesus’ church is called to be.


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“Retold”…now available!

Retold Cover

Retold is a heart felt collection of stories gathered from the Bible,
starting with creation and going all the way to the early church in Acts.
Each chapter holds trial and redemption and is woven together with true
life feelings and challenges.

Like any good story the objective is to bring the reader into an
emotional place of connection and understanding with the protagonist.
Sarah has taken the narratives of ten women found in the fine paper pages
of the Bible and given them flesh and passion while holding true to their
integrity. This book can be read individually or in a small group setting;
complete with discussion questions tucked near the back to help
conversation flow.

For those of us who grew up in church hearing classic character
stories told from thick children’s Bibles, poster boards, flannel graphs and
the nativity play at Christmas, you’re in for a treat because there is so much
more to be told.

Read more from author Sarah Stadler – greenheart

Consumed Dessert

Thank you to all that came to the Consumed Dessert last night. It was good to reconnect with some of you face to face. It was also wonderful to meet some of you for the first time.

The main purpose of our time together was to thank you, our wonderful prayer & financial partners, for coming alongside of us and helping us accomplish our vision of sharing the message of abundant life. Because many of you are not in MN and couldn’t join us I wanted to invite you to watch a little picture video we put together and showed last night.

We also offered to those that attended last night the opportunity to sign up for any of our (Dan, Jackie, and myself) intercessory E-mails or newsletters and the chance to give financially. Obviously you are already partnered with me in prayer. And many of you partner financially with me as well. If, however, you would like to contribute financially or set up a monthly giving partnership with us you can do so electronically here – (Just click the yellow “donate” tab)

You can also mail checks to:

Consumed Ministries
PO Box 20214
Bloomington, MN 55420

Thanks! Together, we are seeing lives transformed by the greatness of Jesus! Have a great rest of the week!

Genesis – Deuteronomy Study

If you are interested in the following, let me (Jamie) know…


What? A study of the Pentateuch (also called “The Law” – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

When? – Wednesday Nights – 7:00 pm – June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24

Where? – The Miller’s Home

Why? Well…there are many obvious reasons for studying God’s Word. The purpose of this study is to give all participants an overview of the first five books of the Bible. A desired outcome is for each participant to feel more confident in reading & studying these books so they can impact their communities. The story of God and the redemption of mankind began in these books!

What will it look like?

An overview of each book will be given at the Wednesday gathering times (Genesis – June 19, Exodus – June 26, etc.). Beginning the 2nd week we will start our gathering times discussing what we learned from the previous week’s study.

There will also be required studies outside of our gathering times. There will be 2 discussion questions posted on an online format. Each participant will need to give a required response to the initial questions (2-3 paragraphs). On two separate days before the next week’s gathering, the participants will also need to comment or ask questions concerning the other participant’s responses.

This study isn’t designed to be a once a week kind of study. Each participant will be immersed in thought throughout the week about these books. This online and face-to-face format will allow us to learn and grow from each other.

What if I can’t make it on Wednesdays (You may live in a different location)? There is a possibility of still taking the class but this will require watching a video of a portion of the Wednesday gatherings online. You can still participate in the online discussions. Let Jamie know if this option interests you.

Jars of Clay

No…not the band. I am talking about you. You are the Jars of Clay! You can hear about it here – Jars of Clay (Jamie speaking at Jesus is Lord Church in Bloomington, MN)

Jackie Bode

Jackie is the newest member of the Consumed family. She has spent the last five years reaching out to the college students at Winona State University with the great news of Jesus. She will now be transitioning to the Twin Cities to begin a new work with us. Her role with Consumed will be to coach/train/develop young worship leaders by bringing them with her wherever she leads worship- inside prisons, homeless shelters, churches, etc. She is very excited for this new opportunity as it will give her freedom to fulfill God’s calling in her life through music ministry: to raise up the next generation of worship leaders. Pray for Jackie as she settles into life in the Twin Cities and begins exploring opportunities to fulfill this calling. She will be officially starting with Consumed on July 1.

Living Beyond Awesome

I have run 3 Half-marathons in my life and dribbled a basketball during one of them. I thought completing those races was a pretty amazing accomplishment…until I read a book entitled Living Beyond Awesome. Jen McDonough is, as she describes herself, “an ordinary, everyday, mom & wife” that completed an Ironman Triathlon. I mean the real deal Ironman Triathlon…not a modified triathlon. The full fledge triathlon that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. All three phases have to be done in a 17- hour time limit to be considered an “ironman” (or “woman” in Jen’s case).

If you are looking for an encouraging story to motivate yourself to face the impossible in 2013, Living Beyond Awesome is the right push towards action you are looking for. Jen shares how she overcame her fears, perceived physical inabilities, and overcrowded schedule to accomplish what she sensed God was asking her to do. Not everyone is asked to complete an Ironman Triathlon but we all have various tasks & goals we know God wants us to accomplishment. If Jen was willing to do the hard work and persevere, I know we can too.

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Jamie spoke to the Alpha Team and Heritage Baptist Church youth group about courage on September 28, 2011. “Perfect love drives out fear” – I John