Commonly referred to as the “Twin Cities,” Minneapolis and St. Paul combine to form a metropolitan area with a population of almost 3.3 million. The two cities operate as separate municipalities with a notable rivalry that started more than a century ago. However, they share many things, including five major sports teams and a need for the gospel.
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With almost 3.3 million people, Minneapolis–St. Paul is the largest, most influential urban area between Chicago and Seattle. It is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and many privately-owned businesses. The theater industry is among the top three in the nation, and it serves as the home base for teams in the five major sports: MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and MSL.
The area includes 14 counties in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin. And with more than 720,000 either first- or second-generation internationals (88 percent of whom come from unreached people groups), the region has unique neighborhoods and needs. Though many residents come from churched backgrounds in the Twin Cities, evangelicals still make up only 13 percent of the population.
Southern Baptists are even more rare. The first Southern Baptist church in the state started in nearby Bloomington in the 1950s, but early church plants in the area focused mostly on reaching transplanted Southerners—not native Minnesotans. More than half a century after the first Southern Baptist church in the area started, the statistics are staggering. There is only one Southern Baptist church for every 56,839 people. It has, by far, the lowest Southern Baptist church-to-population ratio of any major city in the United States.
Southern Baptists in the Twin Cities can see God moving. Ten new Southern Baptist churches have been started in the past year in the area. But to continue the momentum, we need new partners, more resources and invested team members.
From planting a church to partnering with those already on mission in the Twin Cities, you and your church can make a difference; connect with us to learn how.
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