Why not HERE?
Looking for a place to plant a church? Why not Chicagoland?
The Apostle Paul intentionally targeted the major urban centers of his day: Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth and Rome. He knew that once the church was established in those cities, the Gospel would be disseminated far and wide. As he told the church at Thessalonica, ‘For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere’ (1 Thes 1:8).
The same strategy still works today. The Chicago metropolitan area is the third largest in the United States, with more than 9 million souls. It is home to nearly one hundred colleges and universities. Many major corporations are headquartered here, or else have branch offices. Chicago is ethnically diverse, with people from all over the world who have come to study or do business. So there exists a significant opportunity to impact people who will take the Gospel all over the country—even the world.
Although Chicago already has a noticeable evangelical presence, much more work needs to be done. Many neighborhoods in the city, and a number of sizable suburbs, are underserviced in terms of Gospel witness. There is plenty of room to plant and grow.
Why not Chicagoland?