Reason #1 – More Northeasterners need Jesus than any other US region.

 

The map shows 26 of the 34 US Metropolitan Areas (MSA’s) with the lowest evangelical percentage. Click on each marker to see the city and the percentage of evangelicals present. Two are barely above 2%!

The vast majority of these needy MSA’s are in the northeast. Since 55 million people live in the 9 northeastern states, it is also the most populous region of the country. These states include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). 

 

THIS REALITY MEANS LOSTNESS IS GREATER IN THE NORTHEAST THAN ANY OTHER REGION

Would you consider adopting one of these cities and helping plant churches there?

 

Reason #2 – The evangelical church is growing the most in the Northeast! 

God is at work in the Northeast. It isn’t a barren church wasteland! According to David Olson’s research, the evangelical church grew collectively from 2000 to 2007 in each northeastern state except New York. The majority of the country, particularly the southeast, was in overall decline (http://www.theamericanchurch.org/). Even though the Northeast is both post-Christian and pre-Christian, many people are discovering freedom and transformation through a personal relationship with Christ. 

 

Reason #3 – The world has come to the Northeast.

Immigration has long been a hallmark in the Northeast. New York City alone is home to over 800 languages.

Rockefeller Center, NYC

Many of these represent an Unreached People Group. That means the world can be reached here… and from here. While it is anyone’s guess as to how many different languages call on the name of Jesus each week, it is safe to say it is FAR less than what is represented in the region. Many new churches are needed among these various people groups. Jesus said to make disciples of all nations. This can be done in the Northeast at unprecedented levels.

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