Call it the Mile High City, the gateway to the Rockies or the home of the Broncos, but call it Denver. The epitome of western independence, Denver holds sway with tremendous influence over the entire state and region.

People are continually drawn to the beauty, the climate, the cosmopolitan nature and opportunity the entire Front Range affords. And people still write songs about the mountains.

But Denver has the same challenges of any urban center. The darkness of sin is evident in tragedies like the memory of Columbine and the rawness of the Aurora theater massacres.

The Southern Baptist church-to-population ratio for the city of Denver is 1 to 20,401. A vital need for planting new churches exists between the urban core and the suburbs. All kinds of younger adults, who have spiritual curiosities and needs, are settling into these zones. There is tremendous need in this forgotten area of the city.

“Denver has such a huge regional influence,” said Dave Howeth, Send North America: Denver Send City missionary. “The impact of this city is global. It’s one of the few major cities that has a state capital in the center of influence in its state.

“Denver is the 15th largest city in the country. The area we call Denver also includes more than one major city. It’s the whole Front Range of the Rockies, from Fort Collins in the north (one of fastest growing areas in the U.S. the past five years) to Colorado Springs (with five military bases) in the south,” said Howeth.

The area is the largest in the U.S. per capita for small businesses. Some 550,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses actively pursue success in the Denver metro area.

“Church planters are also entrepreneurs,” said Howeth. “My dream is for this spirit to merge together with the gospel to impact the world with a movement across the Rockies and that sweeps across to the West Coast.”

Whether for a short-term mission, long-term church plant sponsorship or full commitment to planting in the city, Denver needs Southern Baptists who will help push back lostness across the Front Range, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.

“Then when people think about Denver they won’t think about the Broncos or the Rockies; they will think about Jesus. Denver is known as the Queen City of the Plains. That is the city slogan. I am praying for the day when the people of the Queen City will be introduced to the King of kings,” said Howeth.

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Fast Facts


Population in Denver

4.32 million people live in the metro Denver area.


SBC Church-Population Ratio

There is one Southern Baptist Convention church for every 20,401 Denver city residents.

Ethnic Diversity

86.5% White
5.2% African American
3.9% Asian & Pacific Islander
3.1% Two or More Races
1.4% Native American
Hispanic Population (all ethnicities): 20.7%