Vancouver surprises you.
It’s a vertical city; a large garden of high rises at the foot of the mountains and the edge of the Salish Sea. Surf and sail in the morning; snow ski in the afternoon; end the day with a five-star meal—all in Canada’s largest seaport and North America’s most diversity-dense city.
It’s younger than you’d imagine (125 years old), growing into every available space (mostly in high rises) and garnering a reputation for global magnetism. Some 200 language groups are represented among its residents.
Discovered by the Squamish (First Nations), explored by the Spanish, established by the English and heavily settled by the Chinese following the Gold Rush years, it’s as much West Coast North America as it is Far East and Western European. With its winning hockey team, it’s also thoroughly Canadian.
Vancouver is the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a population of 3,022,405, according to the Canadian census. It’s a city of several cities—Richmond, Steveston, New Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey and Pitt Meadows to name a few. Dozens of communities bustle along the transit line (Skytrain and Seabus), each with its own personality and spiritual typography. Successfully reaching the people who live in Vancouver will take churches that reflect the ethnic makeup and culture of the communities in which they are planted.
As a part of Send North America: Vancouver, partner churches can commit to the difficult but eternally important work of reaching Vancouver for Christ.
“Vancouver is a testimony to the power of partnership and a persevering sense of purpose among our partner churches,” says Ray Woodard, Send City missionary for Send North America: Vancouver. “I’ve been here 23 years, and I’ve seen what can happen when churches take the call to this city seriously.”
Churches that want to partner with a church planter through Send North America: Vancouver can start the process by visiting namb.net and clicking on “Send Me.”