Regional Focus: Canada
Sprawling between the Bering Sea and Greenland, stretching from arctic climates to temperate rainforest, the land of Canada is both an ideal place to live and uninhabitable. It's a place of great religious roots but also a tree that has branched into directions of belief and unbelief. Once established in religious fervor, many of its more than 33 million inhabitants now fervently oppose religious institutions.
For church planters, this is a land of opportunity if you have patience, persistence and faith that the Lord has called you into a field white for harvest.
Most of Canada could be described as either post-Christian or secular. In the most recent census, nearly 24 percent claimed no religious affiliation—up from 16.5 percent a decade earlier. There are some areas of Canada where this number is much higher, especially in many urban centers.
Although the number of evangelicals across the country is growing, there is much work still to be done so that every person has the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Christ.
Because much of Canada is so undeveloped spiritually, calling on churches within the country would not put a dent in the monumental task of reaching the lost there. That is why Southern Baptists in the United States will play a key role—by praying, giving and going to this vast and fertile nation.
CNBC Congregations: 360
Population Per Congregation: 112,115
Anglo: 59% Black: 19% Hispanic: 18% Asians: 3%
Number of Non-evangelicals: 30 million
Percentage of the Non-evangelical Population: 90 percent
Population unaffiliated with any religious body: 48.1%
Population affiliated with an evangelical church: 27.2%
Based on 2012 statistics.
"Quebec is a part of North America that is uniquely French. The population of the evangelical community here is only .7 percent. People say Quebec is such a hard place, but God is working in individual lives. Once you win them over, it's an amazing thing. I live for that every day." —Jacques Avakian, church planter catalyst, Montreal, Quebec
Toronto is the fifth most populous city in North America and one of the most diverse in the world, with more than half of its 6 million residents immigrating to Canada from another nation.