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, usually independent of church oversight.


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]

Further reading[edit]

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


  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

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