In North America 80% of the population lives within a metro city, but only 20% of the UPCI churches lie within those areas. Metro Missions has a proven track record over the last 25 years of reaching these target cities with the truth of God’s word! Currently North America has 40 Metro Missionaries have completed deputation have gone into their city of appointment to bring the Gospel. Those Missionaries in turn have planted 27 UPCI daughter works, totaling 55 churches in the approved Metro cities for a success rate of 186%.
Here's how it works:
A minister is called by God to plant a church in a pre-approved metro city.
The minister is approved through the District Board in which he/she desires to plant the church. Next, approval is sought from the North American Missions Committee.
The approved missionary raises financial support by partnering with churches around North America.
The missionary plants a church!
How do we reach every city?
One way we can reach our metro areas is through Metro Daughter Works! A metro daughter work is a daughter work that is located within a metropolitan statistical area with a population of over 750,000. Many established churches in our great cities have the burden and determination to reach their city. Thankfully, in many cases, they already have men and women prepared to plant more churches in these under-evangelized cities. However, launching these new works may be delayed or even blocked by the lack of financial resources. North American Missions, through the Metro Daughter Work program, desires to partner with these existing churches financially. These mother churches are providing the pastor, the team, the support and much of the finance; we want to make their burden a little lighter by helping them financially.
The United Pentecostal Church international has 4,819 works in North America to reach a population of 363,000,000. 290,000,000 (80%) of North America lives in our metro areas and we have 965 churches reaching them which is one church per 3000,000 people. 73,000,000 (20%) of North America live in a non-metro area and we have 3,854 churches reaching those areas which is one church per 19,0000 people.
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Rev. Steve Hanson is the Metro Missions Coordinator. Pastor Hanson planted the "Pentecostals of Portland, Oregon" over 25 years ago, and continues to pastor this revival church. He has a passion for cities, and a vision to reach all of North America's underchurched metro areas.