Surrounded by water on three sides, famous for its mountains, beaches, and breathtaking scenery, its mild climate and diverse cultures. Vancouver, British Columbia is truly an amazing city. But for all it’s natural beauty, there is still a emptiness that only can be explained by the lack of joy in the lives of its residents.
This is Vancouver, a city in desperate need of the Gospel…
Even though Vancouver is a beautiful place to live and work, the city is a broken city filled with people seeking their identity and fulfillment in everything except the God who created them. Out of the over 600,000 living here, only 4% identify themselves as being evangelical Christians. Clearly, there is a tremendous need for Gospel preaching churches to be planted in the many neighbourhoods that make up this great city.
Population and Diversity
Metro Vancouver, as the region is known, now boasts a population of 2.3 million and continues to grow each year. In just the last 20 years, Metro Vancouver has grown by over 700,000 residents. In the City of Vancouver proper, there are over 600,000 people residing in twenty two (22) distinct neighbourhoods. The city is rich in the local flavour of those cultural neighbourhoods with their specialty shops, restaurants, coffee bars and unique heritage styles.
With over 5,000 people per square kilometre (over 13,000 per square mile), Vancouver is the most densely populated city in Canada, and is second only to cities like New York and San Francisco. The price for an average single family home in Vancouver is currently 1.1 million. The average apartment / condo stands at $370,000. Because of the extreme housing costs, most homes in Vancouver have two, and sometimes three tenants in each house. The majority of people in Vancouver spend over 60% of their income on housing.
Vancouver, is a diverse and multi-cultural city, with over 50% of its population a “visible minority.” The largest single ethnic group is the Chinese population which sits at 28% of the population. Over 45% of Vancouver is foreign born and over 40% speak another language at home. None of this, of course, changes the basic need of every human being to hear the truth of God’s Word.