The HIS goal is to “strengthen existing churches and plant new ones across the region over the next four years.” Seven hub cities of the I29 corridor: Winnipeg, Manitoba; Grand Forks, ND; Fargo/Moorhead; Sioux Falls, SD; Sioux City, Iowa; Omaha/Council Bluffs; and the St. Joseph area (including northeast Kansas) will be the focal points of the Heartland Interstate Strategy.
Having lived and served in the I29 corridor for five years, I am somewhat aware of the spiritual needs of a portion of the region targeted by HIS. When we lived in Tarkio, I was more closely connected to Omaha than any city in Missouri. Evangelical churches in general are sparse in the area and Southern Baptists, in particular are few and far between. For instance in Sioux Falls there is one S B Church for every 39,667 people compared to one for every 2,252 in Clinton, MO. People in the heartland need Jesus and have limited access to Great Commission churches.
What role will FBC Clinton, MO play in this church planting strategy? This is the question I am prayerfully seeking to answer. Over the next several days I will be visiting each of these hub cities, visiting with local church leaders, and praying for God to reveal where we should join his work. Please join me in this seeking prayer.