In a city like New York (with barely a 3% evangelical presence), our church plant will outwardly look insignificant and small—just like a mustard seed. And that’s exactly the point! If anything eternally significant occurs, all the glory will belong to God! Just like a mustard seed, outside of God’s providential and gracious hand, we will never grow into anything. However, since we are going forth in obedience, we are confident of making an eternally mammoth impact.
The Center of the World: New York City
As a church plant, God guarantees that our ministry will be fruitful if we stay true to the Great Commission and His Word. Verse 20 ends with Christ’s promise for His followers who will obey in working on the task: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” With an intention of obeying the Great Commission, we will plant our church in Queens, New York City. God is bringing the nations to New York City, and we are picking the most diverse county of New York City’s 5 counties.
According to one source, Queens “…is the most diverse place in the world, with approximately 138 different languages spoken and about 46% of residents born outside of the United States, collectively representing over 100 different nations.” In terms of sheer size, Queens is huge. With 2.3 million people, it is the second most populous borough in New York City. In fact, “Were each New York City borough an independent city, Brooklyn and Queens would be the country’s third and fourth largest cities, respectively, after Los Angeles and Chicago.”
The nations have gathered. They are united (to some degree) by one language: English. We are living in an exciting church era. We are living in an exciting city. This borough is very strategic for Great Commission work.
We are serious about The Gospel.