The Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ has a special partnership with the Southeast Mindanao Jurisdiction of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines that spans nearly thirty years. It began in 1986 with an overture from the Rev. Lloyd Van Vactor of the United Church Board for World Ministries to the Rev. Robert L. Bergfalk, an Associate Conference Minister in Minnesota. That following year, in response to a proposal from the Stewardship/OCWM Committee, the Board of Directors approved a “Partner in Mission” relationship with the Mindanao Jurisdiction of the UCCP. The stated purposes were:
- to raise the consciousness of our churches and members about life and ministry in third world situations;
- to give local churches opportunities to have personalized relationship with local overseas congregations;
- and to exchange leaders between the two churches.