More than half of Americans live within a day’s drive of Indianapolis, the “Racing Capital of the World.” With a healthy economy and above average rankings on multiple levels, “Indy” is generally viewed as a nice place to live and pursue the American Dream. Sadly, this doesn’t account for those living below the poverty line, and it leaves little room for residents to dwell on the importance of faith or pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ. You can be the change the people of Indianapolis need to see in order to believe there is a God who loves them.
SBC Church-Population Ratio
Active SEND Church Planters
16% African American
3% Asian & Pacific Islander
2% Two or More Races
All roads may not lead to Indianapolis, but many do. More than 2 out of 3 Americans live within a day’s drive of the city, and more highways cross it than any other city in the U.S. It is truly the “Crossroads of America.”
Now is the time for the Church to use those roads to carry the gospel to the people of “Indy.” With more than 800,000 people in the city itself and close to 2 million people in the metro area, Indianapolis is the 11th largest city in the U.S. It is also one of the most unchurched. Only one out of five Indy residents go to church each weekend. More than a million people are not affiliated with any religious group.
Yet it’s the kind of metropolitan area where many people want to live and raise a family. It has an appealing balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm, with good schools, conservative values and a deep sense of patriotism.
Ironically, this good, clean lifestyle has possibly become the greatest stumbling block for the movement of the gospel. Many Indy residents believe they’re “good enough” and have no need for a Savior. Their search for the American Dream has drowned out their need for Jesus.
We believe the long-term answer to the city’s spiritual needs is in reproducible church plants that creatively engage the community with the gospel. And even though there are already teams in place to start the process, more help is desperately needed.
From planting a church to partnering with those already on mission in Indianapolis, you and your church can make a difference; connect with us to learn how.
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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
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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