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CTI music ministry set to host concert in Willmar, Minn.

CTI 14:22 members Wyatt Girton, from left, Nolan Nordlund, Matt Midthun and Kara Fortney perform in Taiwan. (Submitted photo)

After nine-months of national and international touring to support mission and ministry through the impact of music, two CTI Music Ministry teams, comprised of 14 members, will culminate their servant hood during a final concert June 12 at 7 p.m.

With 350 performances in 357 days, including in two Canadian provinces and three weeks in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the teams, "CTI 14:21 and CTI 14:22," will perform one last time as part of the 2010-2011 full-time program in the Epicenter at Willmar Assembly of God.

Named after the biblical passages of Acts 14:21-22, the teams will perform as one group and then "pass the torch" to the summer teams who will begin three months of performing, CTI Booking Assistant Russell Weller said.

"It's a really neat way to wrap up the fulltime year of touring to do it right here in Willmar," Weller said. "It's a really neat opportunity to have them share something they have experienced on the road and we always want to open that up to the community."

So after months of traveling and sharing their message, the two CTI teams, formerly known as Carpenters Tools International, will transition to the three summer groups that arrived June 7 in Willmar. CTI Executive Director Chris Reed said nine fulltime members went through a weeklong training to help lead the music ministry teams overseas.

three team, comprised of 26 total members, will spend about four weeks in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore after they leave the U.S. June 21. second group of teams, with 23 members, will travel to Guatemala and Honduras leaving July 21st.

"Now is a very exciting time because everybody gets to meet the people you will work with from all over the country and be able to see them all come together in one place," Reed said.

CTI, originally a part of the West Central Youth for Christ, has a strong emphasis on local teens and young adults spread the ministry through music.

After the word got out about the ministry, Reed said CTI branched off in the 1970s and became a separate organization as more national and international participants began applying.

Set out to encourage, challenge and share their ministry and the Christian faith, CTI focuses on two large components during every tour.

Reed said the first, the outwork component, is the impact that the ministry has on the people that attend and listen to performances while they also support other ministries involved in Christian outreach.

The second component focuses on how the team members change and develop during the program and "what happens in the lives of team members who take part in it," Reed said.

"Music is this common passion that draws us together," Reed said. "We are encouraging each other to be more like the one we serve."

By providing the opportunity for young adults to experience Christ through music, Reed said CTI Music Ministry has created a large network of young adults who foster their beliefs and spread the word to many across the world.

"We try to give them the tools and different aspects as they strive to develop their character and bring them through servant hood and opportunities to share their faith," Reed said. "The big thing is mobilizing them in partnership with the church."

To get involved with either the fulltime or summertime programs, Reed said the best way is to go on CTI's website,, and read through what CTI has to offer.

Reed said a majority of team members include young adults that have seen CTI teams before.

Willmar area residents wanting to help with CTI can also go online where they can sign up to help in many capacities including hosting a program participant during their stay in Willmar.

"Our relationship with host families has built over time," Reed said. "We live and die by volunteers in town which have grown up with us over the years."

The culminating concert for the two teams, and beginning concert for three, is set to communicate to the area what CTI is, Reed said. Concert goers will get a sense of the ministry as it's "not a representation of what we do, but a celebration and a continuing challenge of those doing it," Reed said.