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  • n. Plural form of parachurch.

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Examples

  • Focus on the Family moved here in 1991, followed by 11 other large evangelical ministries, sometimes called parachurches, over the next 10 years.

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  • So, we should probably call these kinds of support organisations 'hupochurches' (from the Greek hupo meaning 'under'), not 'parachurches' (from the Greek para meaning 'beside').

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  • Moreover, the perception that parachurches do little locally is inaccurate, city and ministry leaders say.

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  • But city leaders say the parachurches have been more of a benefit than a curse, and records show that the groups do far more for the local community than is generally known.

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  • In 1997, Focus took over the organizational and administrative responsibilities of the Community Roundtable, formed in the 1990s by Springs parachurches to help small, local nonprofits reach out to the community.

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  • Also, a perception lingers among some Springs residents that the ministries don't care about the local community and, because most parachurches don't pay property taxes, strain the city's budget.

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  • NavPress, David C. Cook Ministries, the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Nicky Cruz Outreach and other parachurches are part of the roundtable, through which the ministries have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to local nonprofits.

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  • But others say that's been offset by the impact the parachurches have had on the city's image by making it seem to outsiders that Colorado Springs is intolerant.

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