Kelly Ladd Bishop

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Godless Land, or Revival City?

Godless Land, or Revival City?

This is an excerpt from an article that was published as part of a series from Missio Alliance on women in ministry, and the patriarchal church planting movement in Boston, MA. Read the entire article here and be sure to check out the whole series from Missio Alliance on women in ministry. 

Despite Boston’s rich religious history, there is a narrative among American evangelicals around the city, and much of the northeast, that paints it as a godless, unchurched region. A Barna study from 2015 ranks Boston among the “least churched” cities in the United States. The Pew Research center lists four New England states, including Massachusetts, among the least religious states in the country.

The Southern Baptist Convention paints a bleak picture of the Christian landscape in Boston, stating on the website of their North American Mission Board that there is a tremendous lack of churches in Boston, and that there is a great need for gospel-centered churches. They back up their assertions with the fact that there are only 115 SBC churches in Boston, with a population of 5.9 million. They also claim on their website that 98% of the people who live in Boston are unchurched.

Read the entire article here

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