TOP NEEDS IN THE TWIN CITIES FOR OUTREACH AND CHURCH PLANTING
BY GEOGRAPHY AND PEOPLE GROUPS
BY REV. DR. JOHN A. MAYER, CITY VISION
It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Romans 15:20 NIV
Geographically most underchurched and difficult places to plant churches in the Twin Cities:
- Uptown area ”Church Planter’s Graveyard” — John A. Mayer
- University of Minnesota area
By People Groups:
- Tibetans: Tibetans are Buddhist. Only 15 know believers in North America. No Tibetan Church in North America. Only about 250 known Tibetan believers in the world. Twin Cities has the second largest Tibetan concentration in America with about 3,500. We now have three Tibetan believers living in the Twin Cities area.
- Somalis: 80,000 Somalis in the Twin Cities. Highest concentration of any U.S. city. Only 34 known Somali believers with the rest all Muslim. We have some Somalis ready to become leaders but they need some theological training (i. e. MATS degree) and need some long-term sustainable funding. Church plant previously in Twin Cities fell apart. Lot’s of spiritual warfare. 75% of Muslims that convert to Christianity go back into Islam. Some tactical ministry but no strategic plan to reach and disciple Somalis long-term.
- Native Americans: 40,000 live in the Twin Cities area. Phillips Neighborhood has the highest urban concentration of Native Americans of any urban area other than reservations. Only 1% of Native Americans attend church. 12 Native American churches in the Twin Cities with an average attendance of 30.
- Deaf People: 45,000 deaf people live in the Twin Cities area and only 2% go to church. There are just 10 deaf churches in the Twin Cities with an average attendance of 32. Very few churches have signing.
- Sikhs: 2,500 Sikhs in the Twin Cities with Sikh Temple in a former church in Bloomington. No one I know is reaching out to Sikhs or praying for them in the Twin Cities. Very few converts in the world.
- Thai: 9,000 Thai in the Twin Cities with two small Thai churches totaling 75 attendees. Thai are about 1% reached.
- Iranian: 5,000 Iranians with 27 known believers. The Iranian in the Twin Cities are less than 1% reached.
- Turkish: 3,100 with 2 known believers and are thus less than 1% reached. No one reaching out to them.
- Saudi Arabians: 700 of them with no known believers. They are mostly students and thus will return to their home country.
- Witches: The Twin Cities is known as Paganistan with 20,000 Witches of all types here with 303 known covens. The Twin Cities has the largest Witch/New Age publishing company in the world. One Witch coven even meets in a church. In 2006, MN had a Witch run for Governor of MN.
- Gen-X/Gen-Y: Especially Gen-Y/Millennials. Metrospirituals. Every church should have a community garden and bike racks to attract them.