About the NYC Tri-State Area
What do you think of when you think of New York, NY?
Skyscrapers, crowds, taxis, 9/11, Wall Street, Times Square, sports, fashion, television, theater, movies? What do you think of?
The reality is that, whatever you think you know about NYC, it represents only a small—even if significant—slice of life here. While it is not at all difficult to find a headline or weblink where you can learn something about “NYC” that is true somewhere, the reality is that this same information will be untrue somewhere else in NYC. It all—and always—depends…
The New York City MST (Metro Statistical Area) encompasses parts of 3 states (NY, NJ and CT) and 26 counties, connected by rail lines and highways used daily by commuters. NYC’s five boroughs are almost all islands, and Northern New Jersey is home to the six largest cities in the U.S.’s most densely-populated state. This metro area is a matrix of cities, from the Hamptons to Princeton and from the Jersey Shore to Stamford, Connecticut. More than 400 distinct neighborhoods have their own names in New York City. In all 22 million persons call the NYC Tri-State their home, including 8.2 million in New York City, approximately 6 million in Northern New Jersey, and 3 million in Long, Island’s 2 counties, east of NYC.
Virtually every nation under the sun is represented in the NYC Metro, where more than 500 people groups live and over 800 languages are spoken. While almost all speak at least some English, approximately 60-65% of all residents were born somewhere else or are the children of recent immigrants. Metro New York is an international, cosmopolitan, globalized urban center. Because NYC/NJ/CT/LI are so diverse, you can find almost every conceivable context for church planting here, from the epitome of inner-city or international to communities that are largely rural and much less diverse ethnically—and everything in between. Generally speaking “New Yorkers” are busy—stretched for time and driven to survive and thrive in a high-pace, high-cost, demanding environment.
The Spiritual Context
Less than 4% of those living in NYC/NJ/CT/LI attend an evangelical church, in most cases. There is about 1 Southern Baptist church for every 76,384 New Jerseyansand for every 59,760 New Yorkers. Taken together, the unreached people groups comprised of 2 million Jews, 1.6 million Russian-speakers, 500,000 Chinese, 800,000 Muslims and 400,000 Hindus alone would equal the second-largest U.S. city.
Church planting is on the rise here, however. Recent research has revealed that 40% of evangelical churches existing today in center city New York were planted since 2001. What is more, evangelical adherence has grown from less than 1% to greater than 3% over the last 20 years. This is largely the result of church planting by various denominations, churches and networks. Many new churches—everywhere and of every sort—are needed, however, as most remain geographically, culturally, or otherwise beyond the reach of an intelligible, contextually suitable Gospel witness.
The New York City Metro is the fourth largest and most influential urban center in the world. Igniting a Gospel movement in NYC and amongst next-generation Americans here holds the potential for influencing every American, every global city, and every other nation, language, tribe and tongue. The latent, unrealized potential for the Kingdom of God in Metro NYC will be realized, in part, by the planting of new, Gospel-centered churches here.
Getting to know the team
Thanks so much for your interest in New York, the apple of God’s eye. This is the “team” page, where we hope that you will develop a deeper passion for God’s mission in and through NYC by meeting the guys and gals God has already called to this mission field.
We are honored you are here, and hope you will come back to this page soon, as we are very much in the process of creating it.
Meanwhile, a little about us: NYC Church Planting represents the collaborative church planting efforts, missionary personnel and voluntary missions engagement of approximately 220 Southern Baptist churches comprising the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) of the Baptist Convention of New York (BCNY). These churches worship weekly in approximately 30 languages throughout NYC’s five boroughs, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Lower Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley.
NYC Church Starting Team: 236 W. 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023 + 212-580-0655
New Churches in NYC
God is moving in NYC in recently unprecedented ways. Currently the following churches are being planted with the help of NYC Church Planting:
- Pakistani, Brooklyn
- English-speaking, Long Island
- Bangladeshi, Queens
- West African, Manhattan
- Hispanic, Long Island
- Chinese, Queens
- African American, Brooklyn
- Russian-speaking, Manhattan
- English-speaking, Brooklyn
- Hispanic, Brooklyn
- Hispanic, Manhattan
- Indonesian, Queens
- English-speaking, Hoboken NJ
- Multi-ethnic, Ft. Lee, NJ
- Filipino, Jersey City, NJ
- Indian, Iselin, NJ
- Arabic, Brooklyn
- English-speaking, Manhattan