Utah needs the gospelIn the heart of the desperately needy West and reflecting the state of the New North American Mission Field, Utah trails all other states of the country with gospel luminance. Though it has population of a 2.6 million people, only 2% attend services at any evangelical church. The state is unusual because it operates within its own culture. Utah is a mission field within our own borders! When it comes to missions, Utah has a unique advantage. Without leaving the country or learning a new language, we can immediately begin building relationships with our neighbors, co-workers and friends to share the liberating good news of God's grace through Jesus Christ.
Salt Lake City Needs the GospelOf the 2.6 million people in Utah, over 2 million live within one hour of downtown Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City region has the youngest population in the U.S., the highest birthrate in the U.S., the most educated adult workforce, and the lowest number of gospel preaching churches per person of any state in the country. Salt Lake City has been viewed as a predominantly Mormon stronghold, yet "only" 45% of Salt Lakers claim to be connected to the LDS church. The opportunities to reach religious and irreligious, disaffected and heavily involved in the LDS church are huge! There is also an incredible mission field at The University of Utah. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City with an enrollment of 30,000 students, the university offers a place for our team to begin immediate gospel witness. God has opened an incredible door to share the gospel with a needy, diverse people in this city. We believe that "a great door and effectual is opened unto [us], and there are many adversaries." (1 Cor. 16:9). Though the field may prove difficult, our team must obey God's call to go into the city and plant multiple churches to share the gospel with these people.
Our cities need gospel-centered churches
Our goal is to establish a gospel-centered church-planting network in the Salt Lake City Valley and to equip and empower church planters to do the same in other cities.
- Cities are where people are and increasingly will be.
- Cities are the key centers of influence culturally, spiritually, and in nearly every other way.
- Cities provide a strategic gateway into the suburbs and rural areas.