Do Church Plants Drive Neighborhood Change?

ChristianityToday.com | 7/18/2018 | Staff
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In 2011, The New York Timesprofiled several church plants in New York City trying to make it in Manhattan:

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In recent decades the number of English-speaking evangelical churches south of Harlem has grown tenfold, to more than 100, said Tony Carnes, a researcher ... who has studied New York churches since the 1970s. Without fanfare, the newcomers have created networks to pay for new churches and to form church-planting incubators, treating the city as a mission field.

That was seven years ago. More recently, these church plants are moving into Harlem and into boroughs and neighborhoods less financially well off as center-city Manhattan. These characteristics of New York church planting are part of a larger tension across the country, as dozens of churches increasingly open up in some of the urban area’s most disinvested communities.

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As they launch, the neighborhoods they inhabit often begin to change—begging the question: Are these churches drivers...
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