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By Bob Larson
I am thankful for all our United States missionaries and
church planters. It seems I never stop learning something new
concerning their ministries and the different areas of the country
where they serve. Many times, as I visit them or assist them on the
field, I learn a great deal by asking questions.
Recently, I arrived in a large city to assist one of our
missionary church planters. Right away I began asking questions
to educate myself about the area and the people where the church
had been planted. I wanted to know about the ethnic mix and
the population figures of the various suburbs in that city. I asked
about the cost of renting buildings and places to live. I wanted to
know what people do in the area on the weekends and where they
find employment during the week. I wanted to know if there were
certain foods or traditions that different groups of people in this
city enjoy. I also wanted to know what regard (or lack of regard)
people had for the things of God in that city. I think I may have
worn the missionary out with all my questions.
In this issue of the Reseeding America magazine, we want
to focus on the need for church planting on the United States
metropolitan mission fields. If you are wanting to learn more
about this needy mission field or if this subject has sparked your
interest in church planting or supporting church planters in the
major cities of America, then let me encourage you to become a
student of the cities in metropolitan America.
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A great starting point would be to ask yourself some
questions concerning the metro mission fields in the United States.
Make a list of questions such as these: What are the one hundred
largest cities in America based on population? What would be the
ethnic ratios in those cities? How many New Testament Baptist
churches are now located in those cities and where are they
located? How much would housing cost in the largest cities in
America? What is the unemployment rate in each of the largest
cities? Answers to those questions and many more can be done
through a simple online search.
You may be a pastor or an assistant pastor and God is giving
you a burden for the many metro cities in the United States that
need to be reached. You may still be in Bible college and are
praying about how God is going to use you in the future. Become
a student of the metro mission fields across the United States. I
think you will find it to be an eye-opening study concerning the
need for church planting in our cities.
Church planters who take the time to study the city and the
people to whom God is calling them will usually have a greater
insight into what their ministry should and could accomplish
under the direction of the Living God and His Holy Spirit. If
you have questions about metro church planting in the United
States or you would like more information about joining BIMI/
Reseeding America, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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