Calgary, Alberta’s reputation precedes itself as Canada’s oil-rich city rising along the Bow River and into the Canadian Rockies. Business, skiing, tourism and ranchlands tend to define this area in the world’s mind.
But there’s another side to Stampede City. Only 5.2 percent of its 1.4 million inhabitants claim to believe in Jesus Christ. And with only one Canadian National Baptist (CNBC) church for every 44,586 people, there’s a long way to go in reaching this city.
If Edmonton is the production and blue-collar side of the oil industry in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor, Calgary means white-collar business.
So as Canadians and immigrant populations move to the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor for fortunes or for higher learning, Southern Baptists and Canadian National Baptists are laying the foundation for another type of future growth.
“We’re really asking God for an indigenous movement,” said Bob Shelton, City Coordinator for Send North America: Calgary. “This means getting local leaders to own the strategy and to develop leaders for future plants.
“But we also want non-local leaders to come and to bring their hearts and to set their hearts on Canada.”
As with other Canadian cities, it’s a long road to ministry success and will require steadfast planters and committed partners.
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