Church Planting in Iowa/South Dakota

Envision the Opportunities in Iowa and South Dakota

The Evangelical Free Churches of the Central District have enjoyed a strong and positive presence in Iowa and South Dakota, but there is still plenty of opportunity to impact these two states with new churches. Over 100 communities with a population of 2000 or more do not yet have an Evangelical Free Church. The landscape of our two states thrives on the small towns and school district connections, which are great opportunities for planting churches to serve these already networked communities. Of course, population trends show growth toward the larger population areas. So places like Des Moines, Cedar Rapids (and the Cedar Rapids—Iowa City corridor), the Quad Cities and Souix Falls are natural locations for new churches as people are attracted to these larger cities and metro areas.

Another way to look at it is by church population. According to one study, Iowa’s churched population is just 24%. That means 76% of the population is unchurched. South Dakota’s population is similar with 26% churched and 74% unchurched.

From rural to urban to small towns and large cities, we are looking to plant new Evangelical Free Churches that will reach those who have not yet been introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ. These churches will be next generation churches that are authentic; committed to God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ; and focused on making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Contact for More Information

If you have ideas, questions or interest in church planting in Iowa and South Dakota, contact Mark Doss. Mark is the Central District’s Regional Associate Superintendent and Church Planting Missionary for Iowa and southeast South Dakota.

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