Albany: A Nearby Mission Field
Albany, NY is one of many cities seeing the effects of Post-Christianity more than most cities in the country. Churches falling into ruin fill the city. Christianity is becoming a distant memory in the lives of citizens belonging to the Albany Metropolitan area.
The Statistics: Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metro Area
•Religious Population: 45.25%2
•Baptist Population: 1.2%2
According to a 2012 Gallop Poll, which ranked the top unchurched cities in America, Albany was placed 10th in most unchurched cities in America.3 The poll claims that only 26% of the population are very religious. As as seen above, the Baptist population is only 1.2%, which is lower than 9 foreign countries(including Myanmar, Liberia, Korea, and the Bahamas.)4
There is a great need in the northeast, and especially in the city of Albany. This past weekend my wife and I visited Albany. During a drive through the city we noticed abandoned churches. One church is being used as a gas station, and another used a t-shirt shop. There are very few good, Gospel-preaching churches in the Albany Metropolitan area and its surrounding counties.
So, what can you do? We need men of God who would be willing to step up and dedicate their lives to be church-planters here in the United States and who will work in a city like Albany, NY. The work can be done. The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Would you consider dedicating your life to plant churches in Albany? Would you be willing to pray and ask God what part you can play in seeing the gospel taken to this needy field? We are praying that God will send men and families who would be willing to move to the Training Center, train with us, and plant churches in cities like Albany, NY.