Situation and Burden
The church in Minneapolis began to meet in the 70s and grew to around 100 saints. After passing through a significant storm in the 2000s many saints were lost. About 50 remained meeting in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Park and a few faithful brothers took a stand again for the Lord’s recovery and the church began to be recovered in Minneapolis. Over the past 10 years the church has grown from fewer than 10 meeting to about 40 adults and 20 children. Two older brothers are helping to take the lead along with some younger brothers. Only 10 saints are over the age of 40. The Lord has steadily increased the level of enjoyment and exercise in the church life and in the church meetings. Saints are following the ministry closely by participating in the semi-annual trainings and conferences. The church service and group meetings are also being recovered.
There is a large campus of about 50,000 students about one mile from our meeting place (University of Minnesota). This fall 2019 there will be half a dozen students on the campus assisted by two full time serving ones. Saturday children’s meetings have been fruitful for a few years and some are burdened to resume them. There is a burden also to recover some who have been lost by visiting and shepherding.
Blending occurs within the Twin Cities area with the church in Brooklyn Park through monthly table meetings and prayer meetings. The responsible brothers and learners are also endeavoring to meet for prayer and fellowship in order to have more one accord for the Lord’s interests. There are a few smaller churches in the nearby area and also pockets of scattered saints which need encouragement and strengthening. The churches in this area are also burdened to continue and increase the wonderful blending with other churches in the Midwest; with Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Winnipeg, Canada.
There is a specific need for more mature saints to join those in their 30s in Minneapolis. This will prove to be a great help in the leadership, covering and shepherding. Of course, younger saints, students and full-timers are also needed for the work on the campus here.
The City of Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Metro Area has a population of 3.6 million people, the 16th largest metro area in the United States. It boasts a strong economy with 19 Fortune 500 companies. Unemployment in the area is currently 2.9%. The economy of Minneapolis today is based in commerce, finance, rail and trucking services, health care, and industry. The city offers low housing prices and it is ranked the #6 best place to live in the USA by US News and World Report for 2019. For more information see City-Data Profile and Official City Website.
Population – 422,000
Median Household Income: $60,789
Racial Makeup: 60.3% White, 18.6% Black, 10.5% Hispanic, 5.6% Asian, 5.6% from other races and 2.2% from two or more races.
University of Minnesota – 51,848 students