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willing to go to reach the lost on this overlooked
When we observe the present spiritual
condition and populations of our major cities,
it ought to motivate us to do all we can to see
thousands of new churches started that will
reach the metro multitudes. Metropolitan
cities in the Sun Belt now set the pace for the
fastest rate of growth nationwide. Atlanta,
Charlotte, and Orlando top the list for rapid
rate of population growth in the Southeast, and
yet, today less than 30 percent in this region
go to any type of church. Meanwhile, the
Northeast still has the greatest concentration
of population in the country and the least
number of independent Baptist churches.
Think of the impact the Gospel could have on
this entire nation if we could plant hundreds
of new churches in the Northeast corridor.
Political and economic decisions made there
daily affect our entire nation.
Major metro cities like Washington, D.C.,
Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and
Boston should be targeted for hundreds of new
church plants. An exciting side benefit to planting
churches in the Northeast is the opportunity to
reach many English-speaking ethnic groups as
well as “main stream” Americans.
In the upper Midwest, the cities of Chicago,
Detroit, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee have a
combined population of over 18 million people.
Many Midwest cities have been overlooked by
independent Baptist church planters. In the
Pacific Northwest, the city of Seattle offers an
opportunity to reach over three million people.
Meanwhile in the Southwest United States,
18 million people now live in the metro Los
Angeles area and over four million people live
in the Phoenix Valley in Arizona. May God give
us the compassion of our Lord Jesus for the
multitudes on the metro mission fields of the
United States! But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them, because
they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep
having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36).
Mobilization to Reach the Multitudes
In Acts 11, when the church at Jerusalem
received word that there was a great need to
minister to the many who had been saved at
Antioch, the Jerusalem church mobilized
to meet the need. Then tidings of these things