About the Rocky Mountain District
One of the core values of the RMD is church planting. This flows out of a conviction that the Church should always be expanding, should always be communicating the message of Jesus in word and deed, and should always be reproducing leaders. The Rocky Mountain District includes the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and the Black Hills Region of South Dakota. Because of the energy industry, the state of Wyoming is growing rapidly as well as Colorado. Many communities are seeing huge influxes of people moving in from all over the country. What a great opportunity we have to impact these areas for Christ and His kingdom! As one of the 17 districts of the EFCA, the RMD has continued to emphasize the value and importance of church planting.
We currently have four plants and one new project, as well as four ethnic plants. In addition, we are beginning our first church planting residency this month in Pueblo. Our goal is to eventually provide at least five residency church locations throughout the district to provide hands on ministry training and support for new church plants. Our conviction is that church planting is a natural result of accomplishing our mission which is multiplying transformational churches among all people.
Our Church Planting Philosophy
The RMD mission is to multiply disciple making leaders! This mission emerges from a conviction that the Church is called to make disciples of all nations. When the Church is effective in winning people to Christ, building up new believers in their faith, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, and multiplying leaders, the end result will be new churches! And so, our vision is to be a movement made up of church planting churches, leaders reproducing leaders, and all peoples being reached for Christ.
1. Pioneer church planting opportunity in Fort Morgan, Colorado located about an hour East of Denver. Fort Morgan is a community of about 18,000 in about a 10 mile radius. It is about 68% Hispanic, and would be a great opportunity for a multi-ethnic or Hispanic plant. At this time, there appears to be one Hispanic 4 square church of about 100 people.
There are thousands of Hispanic people that need to be reached with the gospel as well as a great opportunity to proclaim the unity we can have through Christ to the community of Fort Morgan. Coaching is available through Eric Valenzuela, our Director of Ethnic Planting.
2. Pioneer church planting opportunity in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. A population of 34,000 with a 10 year projected growth of 10%. A significant part of that growth is expected to be families with children and the 30% Hispanic population is expected to increase. Currently the demographic is 68% caucasian. Those professing evangelical faith is lower than the state average.
3. Pioneer church planting opportunity in Rifle, Colorado where the 2014 Population was 26,500. The10 year projected growth is 11% with that growth expected infamilies with children. The demographic is 70 % Causcasian & 27% Hispanic.