Six cities. Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal. That's where more than half of Canadians live—in just six cities.
In fact, since 2001, eighty percent of Canadians have lived in urban areas. Each has a unique social and cultural dynamic. But they share common issues: pupulation density, social and ethnic diversity, economic disparity, the meshing of commerce, education, and the arts, homelessness and poverty, wealth and prosperity, and the list goes on. Life in the core is complex. 'One size fits all' rarely applies to ministry here.
Canada's largest urban centres cannot be taken for granted or ignored. They are the major influences on Canadian society. If the church is to be used by God to change a nation, the church needs to influence the cities of the nation. Canada needs more mission workers to reach its cities. It needs more congregations. It needs fresh expressions of the gospel that engage citizens in meaningful ways so that they can experience the goodness of God and put their faith in Him.
Who will go to the cores of Canada's cities? Who will lead? Who will innovate? Who will plant? Who will pray? What can urban mission look like?
The reality is. . . we must.