Seattle is a place of superlatives. The first city in the United States to play a Beatles’ song on the radio also has the highest percentage per capita of library card holders. It has been called the most literate city in America. The proof? The nation’s largest city found at the highest latitude has the most educated population, is home to no less than eight billionaires and birthed the likes of Microsoft, Boeing, Costco, Starbucks and Amazon.
But Seattle also holds attraction for the down and out. It is home to the original Skid Row. A makeshift flume was dubbed Skid Road where loggers used the main street “skidding” downed trees, to Henry Yesler’s sawmill on Elliott Bay. In a city like this, the need for truth is great.
The motivation behind Send North America: Seattle is a desire to reach the 4.7 million people of Puget Sound, from Tacoma to Bellingham and beyond. The ripple effect of the Send North America church planting and evangelism strategy will have the perfect laboratory in greater metro Seattle.
“The middle-sized Seattle metropolitan area of 4 million people has the business, political and cultural impact and influence of a key, major global city,” says Send North America: Seattle Send City missionary Ron Shepard.
And with church planters like Ivan Montenegro, Shepard believes the goal of 135 new churches in five years is within reach.
“Ivan is the best church planting catalyst I’ve ever encountered. He has already planted four churches and has eight more in preparation for launch,” says Shepard.
With 174 Southern Baptist congregations, the SBC church-to-population ratio in Seattle’s combined statistical area is one church for every 26,783 people. And with an ethnic mix of as many as 17 percent foreign-born and 12 percent Asian, diversity demands cultural sensitivity.
Churches interested in partnering through Send North America: Seattle can start by visiting namb.net and clicking “Send Me.”