Church Planting
in New York City

About New York City

It’s uptown and downtown, boroughs and buildings, food and fashion, districts and diversity. It’s home to Broadway, Times Square, Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. It’s the backdrop to some of our nation’s greatest triumphs and most devastating tragedies.

With close to 8 million people in New York City and more than 22 million in the metro area, it is the largest city in the United States, the largest metro area in the world and considered by many to be the city with the most influence worldwide. Boasting such authority and impact, the tri-state area (including New York, New Jersey and portions of Connecticut) has the overwhelming power to dictate the movement of culture in this country and around the globe back to Christ. In order for this to happen, the city needs dedicated churches, planters and partners to commit to the arduous work of evangelizing a diverse and difficult population.

In New York City and the rest of the tri-state area, church planting can be an intimidating task. Some 36 percent of the population is foreign born and these people bring with them their own cultural and religious backgrounds. Though 83 percent of New Yorkers are affiliated with some form of organized religion, only 6 percent identify themselves as evangelical, according to a recent study by the Values and Research Institute.

Most in the area are slower in receptivity to receiving the gospel, making evangelism no quick effort. Church planters face the difficult task of breaking into the culture and presenting the truth of Christ to a skeptical population.

As part of Send North America: New York City, church planters can commit to the difficult but eternally important work of reaching New Yorkers for Christ. However, they won’t do it alone. Planters will find a network of partners and support to come alongside them as they serve the city.

Through Send North America, other churches can connect with planters in the tri-state area and work with them as they strive to bring Christ into the hearts of their communities. If we can reach this city, we can reach the world. Start now by visiting namb.net and clicking “Mobilize Me.”

Statistics:

  • In 2010, Forbes magazine named New York City the city with the largest global impact and influence in the world.
  • The city is home to more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations and more than 500 art galleries.
  • New York is the 2nd largest U.S. city center for film production and industry.
  • New York City takes in more than 40 million tourists each year.
  • The NYC subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world.
  • Close to 40 theaters make up the famous Broadway District in the heart of New York City.

The Five Boroughs

Manhattan

Manhattan is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City. The borough is coterminous with New York County, founded on November 1, 1683 as an original county of the U.S. state of New York. The borough consists mostly of Manhattan Island, bounded by the East, Hudson, and HarlemRivers, but also includes several small adjacent islands, as well as Marble Hill, a small neighborhood on the U.S. mainland.

Manhattan is often said to be the economic and cultural center of the United States and serves as home to the United Nations Headquarters. Wall Street, in Lower Manhattan, has been called the financial capital of the world, and is home to the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Many multinational media conglomerates are based in the borough. Historically documented to have been purchased by Dutch colonists from Native Americans in 1626 for the equivalent of US$24, Manhattan real estate has since become among the most expensive in the world, with the value of Manhattan Island itself estimated to exceed US$3 trillion in 2014.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, with about 2.6 million people. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is the most populous county in New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan).

With a land area of 71 square miles (180 km2) and water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is the fourth-smallest county in New York State by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among New York City’s boroughs. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Queens

Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City, geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the western end of Long Island. Coterminous with Queens County since 1899, the borough of Queens is the second-largest in population (behind Brooklyn), with approximately 2.3 million residents in 2013, approximately 48% of them foreign-born; Queens County is also the second most populous county in New York State, behind neighboring Kings County, which is coterminous with the borough of Brooklyn. Queens is the fourth-most densely populated county among New York City’s boroughs, as well as in the United States; and if each New York City borough were an independent city, Queens would also be the nation’s fourth most populous city, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.

The Bronx

The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. Coextensive with Bronx County, it was the last of the 62 counties of New York State to be incorporated. Located north of Manhattan and Queens, and south of Westchester County, the Bronx is the only borough that is located primarily on the mainland. According to the 2010 United States Census, the Bronx’s population was 1,385,108, which increased to a Census-estimated 1,418,733 by 2013. The borough has a land area of 42 square miles (109 km2). Of the five boroughs, the Bronx has the fourth largest inland area, the fourth highest population, and the third-highest population density. Although the Bronx is the third most densely populated county in the U.S., about a quarter of its area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo in the borough’s north and center, on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed northwards and eastwards from Manhattan.

Staten Island

Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York, located in the southwest part of the city. Staten Island is the southernmost part of both the city and state of New York, with Conference House Park at the southern tip of the island and the state. The borough is separated from New Jerseyby the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull, and from the rest of New York by New York Bay. With a 2013 Census-estimated population of 472,621, Staten Island is the least populated of the boroughs but is the third-largest in area at 59 sq mi (153 km2). The borough is coextensive with Richmond County, and until 1975 the borough was officially named the Borough of Richmond. Its flag was later changed to reflect this, though the official seal remains unchanged. Staten Island has been sometimes called “the forgotten borough” by inhabitants who feel neglected by the city government.

How to Get Involved

PRAY.
  • That God will send planters to this area to do the work.
  • That the Lord of the Harvest will prepare the hearts of the people here.
  • That God will let you know if He wants you to be involved.
PARTICIPATE.
  • Share the need in this area with people you know.
  • Consider visiting the area as you pray for how God may want you to be involved.
  • Bring or participate in a mission trip to the area.
PROVIDE.
  • Consider making a financial gift to a church plant in the area.
  • Consider supporting a church plant or planter on an ongoing basis.
  • Continue supporting the North American Mission Board through your church’s mission program.