Sioux City, Iowa

souix-cityThe Sioux City or Siouxland metropolitan statistical area (MSA) encompasses 2,073 square miles in five-counties in three-states. The MSA has a population of 168,921. Southern Baptists number 0.54% of the population, all evangelicals affiliated with local churches is 14.3% (although 38% of the population claim to be conservative evangelical Christian), and 39.3% of the population claims no religious affiliation.

A large percentage of people in the Siouxland area reflect an interesting mixture of a blue-collar work ethic, economic conservatism and mainline Christianity. The religious landscape is largely dominated by Catholics, mainline denominations and Evangelical Protestants. Of those, Catholic and Lutheran traditions are the most predominant. The region has a high rate of drug and alcohol addictions and abuse. Sporting activities are the dominate leisure activity. Sioux City is the home of the Bandits, an indoor football team and the city hosts the NAIA Division II Girls Basketball National Championship tournament every year. [Read more…]

Winnipeg, Canada

winnipegWinnipeg offers tremendous opportunity for the church that is looking for an international missions trip without occurring significant expense.  Canada has the highest percentage of foreign born population in the G8 at 21%.

  • The Winnipeg metropolitan area has a population of 781,800 people and Manitoba has 1,278,500.
  • Evangelicals number about 7% of the population.
  • Ethnic groups are European background 67%, Aboriginal 11%, Filipino 9% & Indian 3.5%.

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Omaha/Council Bluffs

omahaThe Omaha MSA offers tremendous opportunities in the arts and entertainment, boasts a vibrant and continually developing downtown area, and hosts the College World Series in the newly built T. D. Ameritrade Park.

The Omaha metropolitan statistical area (MSA) encompasses 4,400 square miles in eight-counties in two-states. The MSA has a population of 865,350. Southern Baptists number 1.4% of the population. All evangelicals combined total 12.1%. 50.6% of the population claim no religious affiliation.

Many people in the metro area reflect an interesting mixture of economic conservatism and mainline Christian liberal, universalism. As such the area is familiar with alternative lifestyles and various religious traditions from Mormonism to Islam and Buddhism to Zoroastrian. The region has a high rate of alcohol abuse and a heavy fixation on sports-especially all things Husker. [Read more…]