Parachurch organization

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Parachurch organizations are Christian faith-based organizations that work outside and across denominations to engage in social welfare and evangelism. God's mission on the planet is Huge and it takes lots of forms of organisations to accomplish this. Parachurch organisations seek to come alongside the church and specialise in things that individual churches cannot specialise in by themselves. They often cross denominational, National and international boundaries providing much needed specialised services and training.


These bodies can be businesses, non-profit corporations, or private associations.[1] Most parachurch organizations, at least those normally called parachurch, are Protestant or Evangelical. Some of these organizations cater to a defined spectrum among evangelical beliefs, but most are self-consciously interdenominational and many are ecumenical.[2]

In Protestant and Catholic theology parachurch organizations are termed sodality, as distinct from modality, which is the structure and organization of the local or universal church.

Roles and organizations[edit]

Parachurch organizations perform a number of roles, including:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael J. Anthony, Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the Twenty-first Century, Baker Academic, USA, 2001, p. 283
  2. ^ Candy Gunther Brown, Mark Silk, The Future of Evangelicalism in America, Columbia University Press, USA, 2016, p. 28
  3. ^ Alvin Reid, Introduction to Evangelism, B&H Publishing Group, USA, 1998, p. 81

Further reading[edit]

  • Wesley K. Willmer, J. David Schmidt, Martyn Smith, The Prospering Parachurch: Enlarging the Boundaries of God's Kingdom