With a metropolitan area population of more than 10 million, Chicago is the third largest city in America. Home to a wealth of architecture, professional sports teams and deep-dish pizza, it draws more than 54 million visitors a year. Those who call Chi-town home range in both age and diversity, and with less than 260 Southern Baptist churches in the area, the number of those being reached by a local church with the hope of the gospel is small at best. You can help change the statistics and the future for the men, women and children in Chicago.
SBC Church-Population Ratio
Active SEND Church Planters
17% African American
7% Asian & Pacific Islander
2% Two or More Races
1% Native American
If you want a deep-dish pizza, a remarkable hot dog or world-class Polish cuisine, Chicago is the place to go. It’s the city of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and the Chicago Cubs. It’s Chinatown, Lake Michigan and Soldier Field all wrapped up into one. And like most big cities, it is showcases the extremes of wealth and poverty, education and illiteracy.
As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has just about everything you could imagine. The city has more than 570 parks, 31 sand beaches, dozens of museums and theaters, world-class shopping and food festivals galore. But what it doesn’t have is easy access to the gospel.
Less than 10 percent of the population is affiliated with an evangelical church. There are currently 256 Southern Baptist churches in the Chicago metro area, but with 10 million people to reach, help is desperately needed.
It’s time for a fresh wind in the Windy City. We are focusing our efforts here in three areas: the city of Chicago, the suburbs and in neighborhoods with predominantly non-English speakers. The hope is to see local churches planted strategically in unreached and underserved neighborhoods so they can meet needs, share the good news, develop leaders and support missionaries. Change is possible, but it will require dedicated, passionate people who want to invest in people and make a difference in communities.
From planting a church to partnering with those already on mission in Chicago, you and your church can make a difference; connect with us to learn how.
Take your next step on mission in Chicago
Join a Church Planting Team
Church planting is a team effort. You can use your gifts and talents to support a church planter, help meet needs in the community and reach neighbors for Christ. We can help you get connected.Take the Next Step
Get My Church Involved
Whether it’s raising up teams from within your own congregation or coming alongside an existing plant, you can multiply the ministry of your church, and we can help you learn how.Learn More