Why New York?

New York is one of the most influential cities in the world.

 

Whether it’s the financial institutions on Wall Street, the fashion houses of SoHo, the museums and cultural institutions of the Upper East Side, the art galleries in Chelsea, or the United Nations, the influence of New York is incalculable. With the tremendous amassing of human talent, resources, and ambition, New York is one of the centers of cultural production in the West.

New York has one of the most secular center-cities in the U.S.

 

Secularism, individualism, and competition are deeply rooted in New York. For much of the 20th century, the Church was weaker in New York City than in any other American city. In 1989, less than 1% of center-city residents attended an evangelical church, compared to 25-40% of the population nationwide.

New York City is a missions priority.

Cities have a strategic importance.

 

Biblically, cities play a central role in redemptive history.

The establishing of the city of Jerusalem, the call to bless the city of Babylon, and the spread of Christianity through the cities of the Roman Empire—these were all moments when God used the influence of cities to mobilize his people to serve and care for the whole nation.

People are flocking to cities.

For the first time, urban dwellers make up 50% of the world. And by 2050, 75% of the human race will work, worship, play, raise families, and live in a city. The advantage of this global trend is the ability to reach a wider spectrum of people with the gospel all at once.

People are flocking to New York.

 

A dense city of 8.5 million people, New York City is divided into 5 boroughs – Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Each borough is packed with vibrant neighborhoods that show off the diverse local and global color. Urban planners and population experts predict the City will grow past 9 million people by 2030, which is more than LA, Chicago, and Houston combined.  

Should I not have compassion on Nineveh,

the great city…

 

Jonah 4:11 (NASB)