and endure hardness as a good soldier of
Jesus Christ. Let your motto be: I have come
to stay! Do not expect the work to be easy. Be
patient, flexible and bloom where planted.
Know that NYC is full of immigrants
and that you will be reaching immigrants.
Your congregation will be between 50%
and 90% first generation immigrants. One
church planter has 35 countries represented
in his church each Sunday.
Know that the ministry will most
likely be multi-lingual. As you walk down
the streets of NYC you will hear many
different languages. Although these people
may do business in English, the language
that speaks to their hearts is their mother
tongue. One church planter found it
necessary to learn Spanish so he could
minister to the large number of Spanish-
speaking people in his neighborhood.
Another church planter has shared his
building with two other churches so as to
have ministries in English, Spanish and
Portuguese. Know that you will not be in the
middle of the Bible Belt. Fundamental
Baptist churches are few and far between
in the Big Apple. The sad truth is many of
the church planters coming to NYC do not
stay. Actually, there are fewer fundamental
Baptist churches in NYC today than there
were 25 years ago.
Know that God is faithful and that He
will provide. As you live by faith and trust
God to bless your labors, you will see the
omnipotent hand of God in action. God still
does miracles today! One church planter was
given a place to hold services RENT FREE.
Another saw God miraculously supply the
funds to buy an old Jewish synagogue; now
it is a Baptist church.
Know that starting a church in NYC
is possible, challenging and rewarding!
Know that God could use you to reach the
masses of people in NYC.
Will you pray for God to raise up
more laborers for New York City? Will you
help support someone who will come to
New York City to start a church?
* Coy and Nancy Shaw are missionaries
churches in the Astoria area of NYC.