Sometimes called the Puget Sound metro region, Region 1 comprises urban, suburban and rural settings. This diverse, secular, postmodern setting has more than 4 million people and over 100 major languages. The large population centers of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Bellingham and the surrounding communities are home to major industries (Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nintendo-USA, Alaska Airlines, biotech research, fishing, tourism) and significant educational institutions (University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, and more). Set on the Puget Sound with many lakes and rivers, and surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade mountains, the region is one the most beautiful metropolitan spaces in the world.
Spiritually, the greater Seattle area is one of incredible opportunity. While over 80 percent of people believe in something beyond the physical realm, only about 1/3 are a part of any organized religion. It often is called a “pre-Christian” society that is seeing encouraging growth in the number of new disciples, churches, and even networks. On any given Sunday, only 4 percent of the population attends an evangelical church of any kind. Less than 1 percent attend a Southern Baptist church. We are “planting the Gospel” to see God’s kingdom expand through the making of new disciples.
Western Washington is the product of years of work by a dedicated team of churches that began as a cooperative initiative of the Olympic Baptist Association, Southwest Washington Baptist Association, Northwest Baptist Convention, and North American Mission Board. After over 60 years of ministry in western Washington, we have been impacted dramatically over the past five years by cooperative prayer, partnership and participation with teams from across North America. We look across the landscape of our field and see over 45 churches composed of people from around North America and the world. We now stand poised in Western Washington with a passion to see our cities, towns, and communities transformed by an almighty God and with a plan that has been formed by those same three elements: prayer, partnership and participation. As we look to that future our family of churches holds these things in common.
The hope and dream is that a true God-led movement is developing to a point that the region is transformed to a place where it is evident that God reigns.
The Portland metro region is home to the 27th largest city in North America, with 2.36 million residents in the metro area (600,000 in the urban core). Commonly referred to as Bridgetown, Stumptown, the Rose City, Rip City, Portlandia, and PDX, the moniker “keep Portland weird” is a daily tribute to the uniqueness of Portlanders.
Portland is a coffee-lover’s haven, and the biking capital of North America (6-7 percent commute to work by bike). It is the home of corporate giants like Nike and Adidas, and yet boasts over 700 food carts and trucks, making it truly a city of “cheap eats” with world class flavor, ranking as the World’s Best Street Food. A city of neighborhoods, it is “a Big city of Small neighborhoods.” It is also a city of refugees — both nationally and internationally.
Portland is a very spiritual-seeking city, although many do not know what they are seeking. It is a city in need of Jesus- the one who is seeking them.
Some stats according to Portlanders:
Though largely unchurched, Portland is a city of spiritual seeking people. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Currently, the Portland Metro area has approximately 78 SBC churches. However, most of these churches gather outside the central city causing what is referred to as the “donut effect.” Many of us know that cities are central to spreading the Gospel. Most of us know that Jesus’ movement started in large metropolitan areas before spreading like wildfire through the ancient world. Portland Church Planting, while still planting churches in the suburbs and rural areas of the Portland metro area, is poised to re-imagine being the people of God in the central city, engaging “the donut hole” in Portland. Join us in making disciples who make disciples, resulting in the birth of new churches.
Region 4 is big and beautiful place where people can enjoy cowboy country, small villages in the mountains, rich farm land, whitewater rivers and vertical cliffs for climbing. It’s home to Oregon’s capital, Salem, Crater Lake National Park and world famous salmon and steelhead fishing. Premier snow slopes, the unique beauty of the high desert and miles of rugged coastline highlight the vast region.
It encompasses 70 percent of Oregon’s real estate and serves 45 percent of the state’s population. In it are more than 70 Northwest Baptist churches, about one for every 23,000 residents. About 70 percent of area residents declare themselves unchurched or uninterested.
Whatever the geography, there are, most importantly, miles and miles of “streets, alleys of the town, roads and country lanes.” Join the NWBC churches in the region “as we go down these paths to bring in those to the feast so His house may be full. (Luke 14:21-24)
Made up of Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon, there is great variety contained within this vast region – mountains and farmland, dry desert and lush green land. There are cities here (Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Coeur D’Alene, Lewiston, Pendleton and Baker City) and smaller towns, too (Ritzville, Coulee City, Sandpoint, Omak, Heppner, and Warden.) It is suburban and rural, young and the old, churches proclaiming the Gospel, and those without Christ.
Nestled in the region are eight Native American reservations; Native American Church planters are needed. Church planters are needed to plant churches in a variety of cultures and settings, in both rural towns and cities. A deaf church planter is needed. Contemporary and traditional churches are needed.