Parakaleo Across the Nation

Down the Street, Across the Nation and Around the Globe


As Parakaleo enters its eighth year, ministry opportunities continue to expand. Our vision is to see healthy church planting couples lead gospel-dynamic churches that fill the earth with the glory of Jesus Christ.

Parakaleo comes alongside women with training, mentoring, network groups, and coaching. For “we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because we loved you so much.” I Thess. 2:8

This year, Parakaleo is expanding our social media campaign and fundraising efforts to enable us to reach more women. Our unofficial mascot, Alongside Annie, is visiting church planting spouses around the country. (Check out her travel photos on our Facebook page.) She will also attend this summer’s Alongside Coaching retreat (July) and Leadership retreat (Sept.)

Women express their gratitude for the care, camaraderie, and support they receive from Parakaleo network groups.

“Knowing that there is a group of women who ‘get it’ when it comes to understanding the ups and downs of our lives in church planting, and knowing that they are praying for me is a great gift from God!” says Katie Sica of Wilmington, Delaware.

“I’ve found urban church planting to be isolating in many ways, a great burden but also full of unspeakable reward and joy. It’s been so encouraging to have you and also a group of women to relate to and to share the depths of my heart. God has used it to spur me on so that I can live faithfully and encourage my husband in this hard ministry,” writes Shannon Beier, who is planting Living Hope Church in Chicago with her husband Brad.

Our ministry is in high demand, and by God’s grace, we are praying and strategizing ways to offer the resources, personal connection, and coaching that so many couples are requesting. For more information, visit Parakaleo’s website (,