What is The Barnabas Group Minnesota?
We are a group of Christians that come together to use our skills, experience and networks to help emerging ministries.
As a group, we meet 6 times a year to hear from ministries, then brainstorm suggestions and connections to address their business challenges. Barnabas Partners have the option to join follow-up teams called “Deeper Dives” to engage in more in-depth discussion and support for each ministry.
How are ministries selected to present to The Barnabas Group Minnesota?
Barnabas Group MN staff, in consultation with our Board of Directors, selects presenting ministries. To be considered as potential presenters, ministries must first meet the following criteria:
Be a Christian organization
Operate as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization or as a social business B/C Corp
Be based in Minnesota or at least have significant operations within Minnesota
Represent an emerging ministry or new initiative for an established organization
Capable of articulating a clear challenge or opportunity to which Partners can contribute their time, talents or connections – financial “asks” are not allowed
Ministries being considered for presentations at a Barnabas Group MN meeting must be able to:
Attend a Barnabas Group MN meeting as a guest prior to presenting to experience the process first-hand
Meet with Barnabas Group MN staff to discuss ministry needs and opportunities
Collaborate with Barnabas Group MN staff to prepare a 15- to 20-minute presentation
Be available to “run through” the presentation in the week prior to the Barnabas Group MN meeting
Present at the agreed-upon meeting and participate in a break-out brainstorming discussion that evening
Be available to attend a follow-up meeting with Barnabas Group MN staff/Partners to dive deeper into the feedback collected after the presentation and identify next steps