Calgary is a thriving city in the western province of Alberta, Canada.
Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains,
Calgary is home to over 1 million people.
Calgary holds many distinctions:
It is often ranked as one of the world's "cleanest" and "most livable" cities.
It is Canada's youngest, wealthiest, and fastest-growing major city.
Calgary is also Canada's sunniest city.
The nearby Alberta oil sands have revitalized the economy of Calgary, as well as brought in workers from all over the world. Roughly 140 languages are spoken in Calgary by 240 different people groups. As much as 25% of the population is foreign-born!
Calgarians are active, healthy, and take advantage of their proximity to the stunning Rocky Mountains. Most people spend their free time in outdoor activities - skiing, climbing, camping, and hiking - even when the weather
turns cold! (And it does get cold: winter temperatures can drop to -20*F!)
despite everything it has to offer,
there is one thing Calgary has very few of...
- This city of 1.2 million people has less than 150 evangelical churches.
- At best, that's only one evangelical church for every 8,000 residents.
(That ratio is 10 times higher than many places in the US!)
- If we count only Canadian National Baptist Convention churches (the SBC's northern counterpart), that number jumps to one CNBC church for every 42,000 metro residents.
- As a direct result of so few churches, less than 5% of the population claims to have a personal relationship with Christ. This is among the lowest numbers in all of North America.
At one time, Canada was a place where the gospel thrived.
Today, the culture treats both Christians and churches with ambivalence.
we want to do
something about that.
Connect Churches goal is to plant a network of life-giving churches that transform neighbours and nations through Christ!