Reviving New England: The Key to Revitalizing Post-Christian America
by Nate Pickowicz
“I firmly believe New England to be a region in desperate need of new churches. Here are just a few reasons:
First, the number of gospel-preaching churches is very small. It may be hard to believe, but there are whole towns and regions where there are no churches who actively preach the gospel. […]
Second, the number of Bible-teaching churches is very small. Even if a church may present the gospel once in awhile, it is exceedingly rare to find a ministry that teaches the whole counsel of God. […]
Third, new churches can reach people not reached by existing churches. Historically, New England is the oldest region in America, and there are many churches in the Northeast that are several hundred years old. Over time, a church may lose its witness and the locals simply aren’t keen to listen. A new church may appeal to those curious, and may be zealous and evangelistic enough to work harder to win people over to Christ.
Fourth, new churches are needed to help saturate the region. In my humble estimation, each town needs 3-5 new churches simply to match population density. With Bible-believing Christians making up only 2-3% of New England, there are simply not enough churches and resources to accommodate the large numbers of people should the Spirit work and add them to the church. […]
Fifth, new churches bring a level of excitement and vitality to a spiritually cold region …. This excitement can be contagious, and we need more strong believers with deep affections for Christ who will maintain a fervent witness. Again, some communities have never experienced a vibrant church full of believers who are in love with Jesus Christ.
Sixth, more churches means less travel for churchgoers and more opportunity for community involvement …. If believers could worship and serve in a body in their own town or area, their commitment would naturally increase and ministry would become more effective. […]
With such a large amount of territory and so many unsaved people, how does one even begin this work? Before any sermon can be preached, or any church planted, the work must begin on our knees.”
Entreating Favor, 2017.
Would you like to see New England first hand? Travel with Midwestern Seminary professors to explore this unique mission field this May 17-24. We’ll walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even take in a Red Sox game. Students can earn up to 6hrs of course credit. Learn more at www.mbts.edu/NewEngland17