for the good
of the city
We moved back to Minnesota in August because I feel an unshakable burden for the city and people of Minneapolis. The Twin Cities are home to 3.5 million residents making it the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Minneapolis is the economic, cultural, and education capital of the North. It’s a strategic city positioned to influence not only the surrounding area but the upper Midwest as a whole.
The city suffers from an increasing achievement gap, injustice, poverty, and crime. The events in the past years involving Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, and safety threats in public schools are evidence that this city needs the gospel. Minneapolis also holds the third largest income gap between blacks and whites in large metropolitan areas.
While the city is generally segregated according to ethnicity, the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis is the most diverse neighborhood in the U.S., with over 100 languages spoken. Minneapolis is also home to the largest urban concentration of Native Americans in the United States.
Like many areas in the U.S., the majority of residents of Minneapolis do not attend church or identify as Christians. Additionally, Minneapolis has one of the largest concentrations of witches in the United States, numbering over 20,000, and is home to the largest Witch/New Age publishing company in the world.
Minneapolis contains the largest Somali, Hmong, Oromo Ethiopian, Liberian, Karen Burmese, and Anuak populations in the U.S., as well as the second largest Tibetan concentration.
The story of the Minneapolis is one of enterprise, technological advancement, education, and sadly, inequity.
And yet, for all of these achievements, the shadows of inequity have plagued its history. The advance of some has often come at the expense of injustice toward others. Minneapolis embodies Minnesota “nice” on the outside, but our engine runs off suspect motives on the inside. Nice is not always good. And passive-aggressive tendencies mean our city drifts often toward polarizing positions.
Although people are “nice,” they are often lost and far from God. Families are broken and need healing. Neighborhoods are fragmented and need reconciliation. Minneapolis needs Jesus.