Using primary data collected from four churches situated in the North Dakota towns of Williston and Watford City, this study considers how the outreach ministries of these churches have been affected by the massive population growth brought about by the oil boom in the Bakken region. Drawing from the survey responses provided by the leaders of these congregations, the study concludes that people engaged in new outreach ministries can apply several lessons, including the definition of evangelism, the importance of relationship building, the need for multifaceted teams and resources, and issues with denominational support.
Teasdale, M. R., & Trefz, S. (2016). Church Growth and Outreach Lessons from the Oil Boom in North Dakota. Great Commission Research Journal, 7(2), 52-65. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol7/iss2/5