MainStreet is a community of intentional Discipleship & Formation committed to
A Jesus-shaped Ethic
Healing & Forming Souls
Wise Cultural Engagement
Life in Authentic Community
3 CORE VALUES Guide MainStreet
We're committed to "doing life" together and fostering honest, life-giving relationships. Fellowship meals, small group discussion, and Huddles are ways we foster this.
We aspire to help people grow spiritually by providing Bible teaching and kingdom resources, spiritual direction and mentoring, lifegiving fellowship, the sacraments, and more.
Everyday life is our mission field, and we aspire to embody the life and love of Jesus in all the spaces we inhabit each day. We want to shine a light into a dark world.
In 2005, Pastor Jeremy Berg sensed God's call to be a servant of Christ in his hometown of Mound, MN. He launched Revolution Youth Ministry while serving as youth pastor at Bethel United Methodist Church. In 2010, Jeremy and Keri began planting MainStreet Covenant Church. Excelsior Covenant Church soon came along as a valuable mission partner and sister church.
MainStreet launched weekly worship services at the Gillespie Center in January 2012 and we moved into the Stonegate Plaza strip mall in 2013 where we resided for the next seven years. In 2020, we moved our ministry home to St. Martin's-by-the Lake Episcopal Church in Minnetonka Beach.
MainStreet is a small, come-as-you-are family of faith focused on intentional faith formation, being honest about our brokenness, and celebrating the amazing grace of God and His gift of new beginnings. Far more than a Sunday 1-hour service, we are a community of friends doing life together and learning to live and love like Christ.
Meet Pastor Jeremy
Dr. Jeremy Berg is a pastor-scholar blending a professor's mind with a pastor's heart. Prior to church planting, Jeremy spent years working with youth as a basketball coach, substitute teacher, and serving two churches as a youth pastor. Between Sundays "Dr. J" can be found in college classrooms trying to ignite a passion for Christ in the heart of young adults. He's an adjunct professor of Bible and Theology.at Bethel University and the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
Jeremy earned a doctorate degree from Northern Seminary near Chicago where he studied with renowned New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. He holds a Master's degree from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul. Jeremy is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
He and his fun, spunky wife Kjerstin have three children — Peter, Isaak and Abigail, along with 9 chickens and two barn cats. Jeremy enjoys jangly electric guitars, sparkling beverages, the smell of old books, reading to his kids, watching PBS Masterpiece with his wife, and hours on his lawn tractor listening to nerdy podcasts. Jeremy writes at Kingdom Harbor sharing Jesus-shaped perspectives and anchors for the soul.
MainStreet Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). We are a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish Immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity. Find out more about the Evangelical Covenant Church here.
When new members join a Covenant church, they are asked two questions about belief: "Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?" and "Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?" They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and members of the church and denomination.
That's all. That is enough.
But on another level, of course, the answer is a good deal more complex. While the Covenant Church does not require adherence to any written creed, we take our theology very seriously, and our history as well. We are a Reformation church, a part of the Church universal, and an evangelical church. In that heritage, we share certain central beliefs, which draw us together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among us on more widely ranging issues. We describe those central beliefs as "affirmations."
We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
Learn more about the Six Covenant Affirmations by watching this video - http://covchurch.tv/affirmations-overview/