Since 2010 the North American Mission Board (NAMB) has tripled the amount of money we spend in Canada for church planting efforts. We are able to do this because of your faithful and generous giving to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®.
In fact, 44 percent of the Canadian National Baptist Convention (CNBC) churches were started since 2010 and are still ministering today. That’s 159 of the 359 total CNBC churches. (NAMB partners with the CNBC in Canada, much like we partner in the U.S. with state Baptist conventions).
One of those plants, La Chapelle in Montreal, is running 1,300 people each Sunday and baptized 69 this past Easter. Another, Trinity Church, is reaching Toronto’s vast immigrant population. Mosaic, in Alberta, launched two years ago and has already seen more than 200 people give their lives to Christ. Another, Église 21, launched recently in Magog, Quebec, a city of 25,000 that has only one other evangelical church.
Canada has a vastly different spiritual terrain than the United States. One of the best ways to illustrate that is with the Southern Baptist church-to-population ratio. In Mississippi, Southern Baptists have one church for every 1,392 residents. In Alabama it’s one for every 1,466. Outside the South it rises to 1:58,944 in New York and 1:64,303 in New Jersey. The U.S. as a whole has one church for every 6,194 residents.
In Canada, the CNBC church-to-population ratio is one church for every 103,319. This is why starting new churches in Canada is such an urgent matter.
If you have ever given your tithe or offering and wondered, “Is it really making a difference?” just remember the new light that is shining from Canada. God is at work and He is using your faithful giving to help expand His kingdom in Canada.