About this Directory

A Brooks MetroStudy
These are Christian organizations assisting Twin Cities churches
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There are over 4,300 known churches in the Twin Cities. These churches are assisted by dozens of parachurch organizations that provide specialized services to the churches and their members.
Church Scouts has commissioned Chris Brooks to make a study of the major parachurch organizations operating in the Twin Cities. Findings will be reported here.
Parachurch
Definition from Wikipedia
Parachurch organizations are Christian faith-based organizations that usually carry out their mission independent of church oversight. The prefix para, is Greek for beside, or alongside. Most parachurch organizations, at least those normally called parachurch, are Protestant and Evangelical.
Parachurch organizations are Christian faith-based organizations that usually carry out their mission independent of church oversight. The prefix para, is Greek for beside, or alongside.Most parachurch organizations, at least those normally called parachurch, are Protestant and Evangelical.

Some of these organizations cater to a defined spectrum among evangelical beliefs, but most are self-consciously interdenominational and many are ecumenical.

Roles that parachurch organizations undertake include larger more national or international movements:

• Evangelistic crusade associations (patterned after the Billy Graham Association)Evangelistic and discipleship ministries (such as The Navigators, Cru (Christian organization), and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)

• Music and print publishers, radio and television stations, film studios, online ministries

• Study centers and institutes, schools, colleges and universities

• Political and social activist groups

• And smaller, more localized movements: Welfare and social services, including homeless shelters, child care, and domestic violence, disaster relief programs, food pantries and clothing closets, and emergency aid centers (such as the City Missions Self-help groups

Bible study groups [Bible Study Fellowship, Community Bible Study, etc.]

3,500,000 Population
800,000 Church Attenders
3,400 Churches
[?] Parachurch organizations
The WHOLE CHURCH of the Twin Cities is comprised of Christians AND Churches AND Parachurch organizations.
Other sections of this site provide statistics, analysis and detail about the spiritual and social demographics of the metro area ... and about the numbers and types of churches ... but until now there has been no major study, compilation and descriptions of the parachurch organizations which are assisting Christians and churches in ministry in the Twin Cities.
ELEMENTS OF THE STUDY
1 SEARCH AND IDENTIFY. Ask a large number and wide variety of pastors and other Christian leaders to name the parachurch organizations that they believe are having the greatest spiritual impact on the Twin Cities, or at least on their church.

2 DEVELOP MASTER LIST. Create an online list of all known parachurch organizations that have some physical presence and significant influence in Twin Cities ministries, with links to their web sites. This is start of a list that can be constantly expanded and groomed over time.

3 GATHER BASIC INFORMATION. For the most frequently mentioned parachurch organizations and/or the ones thought to have the greatest impact, contact the organization to learn more about its type of ministry, staff, budget, methods, etc., with emphasis on what it is actually doing, not just stated objectives, and as quantitative as possible. Link this supplemental information to names on the list.

4 INTERVIEW MAJORS. For some of the largest and most influential parachurch organizations, personally interview the leader to get details about operations and plans. If possible, do a simple SWOT. Summarize the interviews as small online stories that can be expanded and modified over time. Express the desire of Church Scouts to help make these organization better known.

5 VALUABLE RESOURCE. Maintain the list and associated information online, accessible from this page and/or separate URL. Make this section of churchscouts.org a valuable resource for providing greater understanding of the WHOLE CHURCH of the Twin Cities and for facilitating collaboration and assistance for local ministry.

This study will commence October 2018 and continue for an indefinite period of time – with constant updates and grooming – depending upon response, findings and use of the information. Progress reports will appear here.

Contact: brooks@churchscouts.org
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