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USA New Church Plant Scheduled For Fairfield, Connecticut By John Lafreniere People of affluence are one of the most unreached people groups in the United States. Many churches are failing to evangelize the upper income class in their area. Reaching this group can be intimidating and often takes a great deal of perseverance. Unfortunately, many northeast suburbs that have an affluent population have been neglected by church planters due to the high cost of living. In a recent article “The Church Planting Helper,” Dr. Jim Townsley stated, From Bridgeport, Connecticut, to New York City there are only a few fundamental churches trying to reach this area. Fairfield County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. Perhaps for this reason it has the fewest number of fundamental churches in the state. Many corporate executives, hedge fund managers, and celebrities live in this area. It is an expensive area [in which] to live and many people are self- sufficient and do not need God. Fairfield County has almost one million people, yet it has less than ten independent Baptist churches. There are 16 towns in Fairfield County that do not have one Baptist church that holds soundly to the Scriptures. Along the coastal region of Fairfield County is Fairfield, Connecticut. It is among several towns that consider themselves to be “bedroom communities” for New York City. This close proximity to NYC allows more than 35% of Fairfield's workforce to be employed in Manhattan. Fairfield is one of America's most affluent towns. The average household income in 2013 was $136,808 and the average home price was $618,414. In 2012 CNN Money Magazine ranked Fairfield 64th in the top 100 best places to live in America. This is a result of the great school systems, the safe 6 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2014 neighborhoods and the many recreational activities Fairfield offers its residents. However, one thing Fairfield does not offer is a Bible-preaching church that has not allowed Calvinism or unbiblical methods of worship to thwart their eternal effectiveness. In the fall of 2014, we will be planting Fairfield Baptist Church in Fairfield, Connecticut. Our family is currently on deputation and has raised over half of the needed funds to start the church. We have been ministering to the people of Connecticut for the past six years at our sending church, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Waterbury, Connecticut. Having both been raised in Connecticut, we understand the intricate social and cultural uniqueness of the area. I lived in Fairfield as a teenager and have family, friends and former coworkers who live there. Fairfield Baptist Church will not only focus on reaching Fairfield but also focus on the surrounding towns of Westport, Weston, Easton and Bridgeport, none of which have a Gospel-preaching church. In order to accomplish reaching this area, encompassing over 300,000 people, we plan to distribute 65,000 John and Roman packets this summer. We are relying on the Holy Spirit to help the people see that they have a need for God, for salvation and for church. Our future goals include: seeing the church become self-supporting within five years, starting a ministry that will reach the students attending the two universities in Fairfield and having a missions-minded atmosphere. Fairfield Baptist Church will also have the future goal of helping to establish more churches in the region. Abby and I are aware of the challenges we will face in starting the church in Fairfield, such as high real estate costs and ministering to a people who have to be convinced that they have