100 Marginalized Communities Initiative

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”  Psalm 82:3

Mission Alive gives special attention to starting new, innovative churches in marginalized communities across North America.  Very few church planting ministries focus on starting fresh expressions of the Kingdom in the most devastated communities.  These are hard places to live, work and minister.  Consequently, the churches there tend to be small, old and disconnected from their community.

Mission Alive has identified 100 locations across six types of marginalized communities in need of innovative churches to engage the brokenness of their respective community.  You may want to consider whether God is calling you or your church to start a new church in one of these communities.

By Community Type

By Community Type

Mission Alive has identified 100 locations for new churches in 6 types of marginalized communities.  While government and social welfare agencies contribute to the betterment of these communities, Mission Alive believes that the devastation goes deeper and that only solutions rooted in God’s holistic redemption will address brokenness on every level.  Mission Alive is praying for leaders and teams of leaders who will accept the challenge of embodying the Good News of Jesus among one of these six types of communities.

Urban Communities

Mission Alive has identified 30 urban communities throughout North America that are devastated with poverty, crime, addiction, poor education, poor health, etc.  Each one needs courageous and compassionate leaders to join with what God is already doing in these communities to form new, creative types of churches that will work for the betterment of their community.

  • CLICK HERE for a list of urban communities in need of new, innovative churches.

Immigrant/Refugee Communities

Mission Alive has identified 20 immigrant/refugee communities throughout North America that desperately need vibrant, healthy churches that are willing to extend help and compassion.  Mission Alive is looking for culturally sensitive leaders who can minister cross-culturally here in North America or members of these communities who want to be trained to minister among their own people.

  • CLICK HERE for a list of immigrant/refugee communities in need of new, innovative churches.

Native American/First Nation Communities

Mission Alive has identified 15 Native American/First Nation Communities throughout North America that suffer with some of the highest poverty rates and greatest desperation of any community in the western hemisphere.  Mission Alive is praying for leaders

  • CLICK HERE for a list of Native American/First Nation communities in need of new, innovative churches.

Rural Communities

Mission Alive has identified 15 rural communities throughout North America that need healthy, vibrant and creative churches to help their community by addressing the most pressing issues of poverty, addiction and teenage pregnancy.  Mission Alive is looking for leaders and teams with a heart for the forgotten communities

  • CLICK HERE for a list of rural communities in need of new, innovative churches.

University Communities

Mission Alive has identified 10 university communities throughout North America that need new, innovative churches capable of teaching the gospel in a highly secular, post-Christian culture. Mission Alive is looking for leaders who are well-educated and willing to walk with young adults as they sort-out their worldview and belief system.

  • CLICK HERE for a list of university communities in need of new, innovative churches.

Transitioning Suburban Communities

Mission Alive has identified 10 transitioning suburban communities throughout North America that need fresh and culturally appropriate expressions of the Kingdom of God.  The leaders who go to these communities need to be prepared to live and minister among an increasingly diverse working-class community.

  • CLICK HERE for a list of transitioning suburban communities in need of new, innovative churches.
By Region

By Region

Mission Alive has also sorted their top 100 marginalized communities by region.  Select a button below to see the communities identified in that region.

Northeast

  • Click here for a list of locations needing new churches.

Southeast

  • Click here for a list of locations needing new churches.

Midwest

  • Click here for a list of locations needing new churches.

Southwest

  • Click here for a list of locations needing new churches.

Northwest

  • Click here for a list of locations needing new churches.

Canada

  • Click here for a list of locations needing new churches.
FAQs About Marginalized Communities

FAQs About Marginalized Communities

What makes a community marginalized?

Mission Alive uses the term ‘marginalized’ in two distinct ways:

  1. Marginalized communities are communities that have largely been excluded from the social, economic, cultural and political life of the dominant culture resulting in having limited influence or the ability to improve their community without appealing to those holding social, economic, cultural or political power. Most of Mission Alive’s marginalized communities fit this description.
  2. Mission Alive uses ‘marginalized’ in another way – to describe contemporary culture that has been pushed away from the church.Typically, this is expressed as harsh critiques of young people and youth culture without attempting to understand youth culture and recognize the ways young people may express some aspects of Christian faith more clearly than established churches.

Why did you pick these particular communities?

Generally, Mission Alive’s research highlighted those communities that had extreme expressions of certain social dynamics. The particular dynamics considered depended on the type of marginalized community.

  • Urban communities – poverty, crime were the primary factors in identifying the particular urban communities on Mission Alive list.
  • Immigrant communities – communities with new immigrant and refugee populations and communities with highly diverse immigrant population were primary factors in identifying particular immigrant communities.
  • Native American/First Nation communities – poverty, addiction and suicide were the primary factors in identifying the Native American/First Nation communities on Mission Alive list.
  • Rural communities – poverty, addiction and suicide were the primary factors in identifying the rural communities on Mission Alive list.
  • University communities – universities with a reputation for an overtly secular worldview and newer universities (which were assumed to have fewer Christian ministries on campus) were the primary factors used to identify the university communities on Mission Alive list.
  • Transitioning suburban communities – cities with well-documented and troubled experiences with gentrification were the primary factors in identifying the particular transitioning suburban communities on Mission Alive list.

Would you consider other marginalized communities?

Yes.  Mission Alive has a calling to start new innovative churches in marginalized communities, the ones listed are just a starting place.  Mission Alive would most certainly consider other marginalized communities if a church or leader was called to that place.