It's the big apple ... It’s uptown and downtown, boroughs and buildings, food and fashion, districts and diversity. It’s home to Broadway, Times Square, Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. It’s the backdrop to some of our nation’s greatest triumphs and most devastating tragedies.
With close to 8 million people in New York City and more than 22 million in the metro area, it is the largest city in the United States, the largest metro area in the world and considered by many to be the city with the most influence worldwide. Boasting such authority and impact, the tri-state area (including New York, New Jersey and portions of Connecticut) has the overwhelming power to dictate the movement of culture in this country and around the globe back to Christ. For this to happen, the city needs dedicated churches, planters and partners to commit to the arduous work of evangelizing a diverse and difficult population.
In New York City and the rest of the tri-state area, church planting can be an intimidating task. Some 36 percent of the population is foreign-born and these people bring with them their own cultural and religious backgrounds. Though 83 percent of New Yorkers are affiliated with some form of organized religion, only 4 percent identify themselves as evangelical, according to a recent study by the Values and Research Institute.
Most in the area are slower in receptivity to receiving the gospel, making evangelism no quick effort. Church planters face the difficult task of breaking into the culture and presenting the truth of Christ to a skeptical population.
As part of Send North America: New York City, church planters can commit to the difficult but eternally important work of reaching New Yorkers for Christ. However, they won’t do it alone. Planters will find a network of partners and support to come alongside them as they serve the city.
Through Send North America, other churches can connect with planters in the tri-state area and work with them as they strive to bring Christ into the hearts of their communities. If we can reach this city, we can reach the world. Start now by visiting namb.net and clicking "Send Me."
In 2010, Forbes magazine named New York City the city with the largest global impact and influence in the world.
The city is home to more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations and more than 500 art galleries.
New York is the second largest U.S. city center for film production and industry.
New York City takes in more than 40 million tourists each year.
The NYC subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world.
Close to 40 theaters make up the famous Broadway District in the heart of New York City.