It’s a city with streets named after saints and with church buildings around almost every corner, but things are not what they seem.
“God is doing something amazing in this city,” said Chad Vandiver, Send Montreal City Missionary. “We are seeing the beginnings of a movement happen here,” said Vandiver of the local church planters and network that is moving faster than anyone expected.
Until a few decades ago, the Catholic church was in charge of Quebec’s education system and much of its government. Now, while a majority of its residents still identify as Catholic, that same majority sees no reason for continued observance of those traditions. It is a city filled with churches in a province filled with churches that are all but empty or on the verge of closing. This has all followed what is called the “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s.
Now the majority-Quebecois population of Montreal and broader Quebec see Catholicism as part of their cultural heritage and nothing more. Canadian National Baptists are praying for and beginning to see breakthroughs thanks to the work of God’s Spirit and to the incredible partnerships offered by partnering churches.
Quebec is 0.5 percent evangelical, and Montreal is 0.7 percent. Miraculously though there have been pockets of openness to church planting efforts. Through Send North America: Montreal, existing church planting efforts are joining more intentionally with Canadian and Southern Baptists to reach the Quebecois—the least-reached people group in North America.