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The Metropolitan Mission Fields of the United States
By Bob Larson
investment by the churches in our movement
I have found that metropolitan church planters
to assist men who are willing to start and
do not seem to be focused on sin, crime,
pastor churches in metro America. I realize all
violence, and expense issues associated with
church planters are not called to the city, but I
reaching a city for Jesus. Rather, they seem to
am convinced that we must prayerfully pursue
focus more on the multitudes of people from
this unique and constantly expanding mission
many cultures who need to be reached in a
field. large city. Ask any one of them why they went
to a major metro area in America to plant a
Motivation for Reaching the Multitudes
church and they will immediately tell you it
In Acts 17, Paul, on his second missionary
was because they had an opportunity to reach
journey, arrives in Athens. He is struck spiritually
a vast cross section of humanity.

by this city that is wholly given to idolatry. Satan
Presently, in the United States we have a
population of 328 million people (July 2017
estimate). We are growing at a rate of 2.8
million people per year. There are now 273
metropolitan cities across America. These large,
sprawling urban areas are home to 82% of our
nation’s population. This means the majority
of America’s unchurched and unreached live
in our large cities. To effectively reach the
metro multitudes, it will take thousands of new
church plants and thousands of God-called
metro church planters with a vision to reach
the untapped metropolitan mission fields
of the United States. It will also take a major
Number 1, 2018
is using massive amounts of idolatry to blind the
eyes and minds of the citizens of Athens to the
Gospel. As I travel through our major cities and
observe the great spiritual needs there, I wonder
who will reach those who have been blinded by
Satan on the metro mission fields of the United
States? Who will pray for the prosperous who
live in the suburbs of these overcrowded cities?
Who will surrender to preach the Gospel and
start a New Testament Baptist church? I wonder
who is willing to reach the many ethnic groups
who come to America for a better life and
migrate to the metro mission fields? Who will
love the multitudes in the inner cities and be