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Why Church Plant?

You may still wonder, "Why Los Angeles?"

"If the gospel is to be taken to the whole world, then there is no more urgent location than Los Angeles to plant vibrant gospel-centered churches. East meets west and south meets north in this crossroads of the postmodern world. The whole world is literally within reach in the confines of this culturally diverse city."

Dr. Richard Lints
Professor of Theology
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton MA

It doesn't take much more than the mere mention of "Los Angeles" before we are confronted with two great statements: "Oh, great! I have a friend/relative that could use a good church...would you please contact him or her?" Or, "Los Angeles, wow! Those people really need it!"

In one sense, most of us clearly understand the great impact that Los Angeles has on our culture and American thinking, which seems to drive these two previous comments. Yet, in another sense most of us have no idea what kind of global impact Los Angles brings to the world.

Consider this:

  • The city of Los Angeles has a greater population than the states of Tennessee and North Carolina combined.
  • Within Tennessee and North Carolina the PCA has 200 churches. Within the city of Los Angeles, we have one PCA Church.
  • One out of every 30 people in the United States live within the bounds of the Pacific Presbytery.
  • California is the sixth largest economy in the world.
  • The greater Los Angeles basin contributes to about 70% of the California economy.
  • The Los Angeles basin is home to more colleges and universities than the entire state of Texas.
  • The Los Angeles basin is the fastest growing multi-ethnic area in the world.
  • The two largest states in the nation, New York and California contain 18% of the nations residents, but of the nations unchurched population.
  • According to the Barna Group, the largely unchurched West Coast, especially Los Angles, is showing signs of spiritual growth.
  • Additionally, the Barna Group found that the greatest national increases in daily Bible reading came from Oregon, California and Washington, where 29 percent engaged in the practice in 1994, but 44 percent did in 2004, a 52 percent increase. Church attendance rose 24 percent, and small group participation went up 136 percent during the same time period in those states.

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