BRKC Vancouver Partnership
BRKC began a partnership with Vancouver in 2010. Since then we’ve been actively recruiting teams to travel to Vancouver and help the church planters who are working to establish Baptist churches in the area.
This ministry is part of our Vision 2020 Gospel Outreach (GO) Ministry Team. The North American Mission Board has also chosen Vancouver as one of its focus cities under the “Send North America” emphasis. NAMB and BRKC are partnering to help bring the gospel to this beautiful city.
Here’s a snapshot of how BRKC has assisted Vancouver church planters in their Kingdom work:
- Rodney Hammer, Coalition Representative for Send North America, Chane Hutton, Advocacy Representative for Vancouver suburb Coquitlam, and KC Church Planter Ray Stewart spent a week attending their respective meetings as well as attending the EthneCity Conference.
- Chane and Ray also spent time meeting with church planters like Conrad Au and Victor Thomas to help determine what is needed to plant churches and reach the people of Vancouver.
- AZ-U-R Church with the assistance of First Oak Grove, sent 500 books and CD’s to Victor Thomas to be used in his ministry at The Point Church. South Kansas City and Heart of Life sent teams to help church planters there as well.
- In February of 2014, AZ-U-R, LifeQuest WMU and Association staff put on a retreat for Vancouver church planters and their families.
Vancouver Quick Facts
- The city is only 125 years old, making it relatively young
- It’s the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of 3,419,611
- It’s a city of many cities, with diverse communities bustling along the train lines
- The communities within Vancouver are diverse, each containing its own ethnic and spiritual topography.
- 58% of people in Vancouver are Anglo, 38% are Asian, and 4% are other of another ethnicity
- There is only ONE Canadian National Baptist Convention Church for every 44,995 metro Vancouver residents
- Some 200 languages are represented among Vancouver’s residents
- 41% of Vancouver’s residents claim no religion. Less than 3% claim Evangelical Christianity.
- Vancouver has a very high cost of living as a booming metropolis
Vancouver, a coastal seaport city on the mainland island of British Columbia, Canada, may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the hub of Greater Vancouver, which, with over 2.3 million residents, is the 3rd most populous metropolitan region in Canada. The city proper has more than 640,000 people, making it the eighth largest among Canadian cities, and the most densely populated Canadian city of over 25,000 residents, with 5,039 people per square kilometer in 2006.
Vancouver is not only beautiful but worldly and incredibly diverse. Its diverse physical topography, with mountains on one side and an ocean on the other, gives way to diverse ethnic and spiritual topography that make Vancouver a challenging place to reach with the Gospel. Buddhists outnumber Baptists; newcomers outnumber old-timers; and “no religion” is the leading religion. The city is ethnically and linguistically diverse, with 52% for whom English is not their first language. Less than 3% of its residents consider themselves Evangelical Christians, and more than 40% claim no religion at all.
In this sophisticated, beautiful but worldly city, many people have never heard the name “Jesus” at all.
News & Updates
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