In the early 19th century, people poured into Cincinnati. Most people came for one reason—the Ohio River and all it brought to the new community. Arriving on brand new paddle wheelers after the War of 1812, its early 19th century arrivals made it a place-to-be at the time. Called America’s first major inland city and America’s original Boomtown, the city threatened to rival New York City in prominence.
Today, according to some who know the city best, America’s first Boomtown may soon become its next. Its urban areas are being revitalized. New, forward-thinking transportation policies are being instituted. Massive projects like The Banks, Queen City Square and the Central Riverfront Park are redefining the cityscape.
Yet despite its impressive potential, Cincinnati Southern Baptists are praying that Cincinnati will also experience a gospel boom. Just 13.7 percent of metro Cincinnati residents are affiliated with an evangelical church. More than half (56.1 percent) its residents aren’t affiliated with a religious body of any kind.*
Cincinnati Southern Baptists hope to see 77 new Southern Baptist churches started in the city through Send North America: Cincinnati. Yet with only one SBC church for every 10,484 Cincinnatians in the five Ohio counties around the city**, they need help.
Tennessee Southern Baptists have already stepped up to begin a strategic partnership with Send North America: Cincinnati. Over the next few months and years, they will be sending people, providing resources and praying specifically for the Queen City to help spur on church planting.
But to penetrate the lostness of America’s first Boomtown, you are needed, too. Whether you’re interested in planting a church or helping a church plant, there’s a place for everyone in Send North America: Cincinnati.
To become involved in Send North America: Cincinnati, visit namb.net and clicking on “Send Me.”
* Both percentage of evangelicals and unaffiliated residents come from the 2010 Association of Religion Data Archives.
** This population figure includes the population data for Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties.