Urban Church Planting
Transforming Urban Neighborhoods
In the mid ‘90s, World Impact made a commitment to plant churches among the urban poor. The Church is the transformative power of Christ in the community. By planting more healthy urban churches, neighborhoods will be empowered to transform in visible ways. World Impact strives to plant as many churches as possible among diverse urban cultures.
Just as each city is unique, so is each Church – the size, language, and worship styles may vary based on location, but Christ is at the center. We plant three expressions of the Church, the House Church (20-50 members), the Community Church (50-150 members) and the Hub Church (200+ members). We plant through partnerships with like-minded indigenous urban leaders, church planters, denominations, and World Impact missionaries.
Explore our urban church planting ministries below.
World Impact West Region
Regional Vice President: Rev. Paul Chan
Regional Director of Operations: Michelle Milburn
Comprised of seven states, one of which has the largest population in the country, the World Impact West Region is committed to evangelizing, equipping and empowering in the urban context.
The West Region includes ministries in the following cities:
World Impact Midwest Region
Regional Vice President: Rev. Daren Busenitz
Regional Director of Ministry: Rev. Ted Smith
Regional Director of Operations: Hayley Ramsey
Comprised of 22 states stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border, the World Impact Midwest Region includes various ministries actively engaged in evangelizing, equipping and empowering urban communities.
The Midwest Region includes ministries in the following cities:
World Impact East Region
Regional Vice President: Keith Wilks
Regional Director of Operations: Dr. Fred Clark
Comprised of 19 states and over 50 percent of the population of the United States, the World Impact East Region is poised to transform communities through evangelizing, equipping and empowering urban leaders.
The East Region includes ministries in the following cities:
“World Impact and TUMI breathed new life into me when I surrendered to Jesus Christ while in prison. They provided vision, they provided hope, and they provided me with a unapologetic Perspective on the Gospel message which changed the entire trajectory of my life.”– Michael T. Vander Horst
“I first learned about Jesus when I was a little boy living in Chester, Pennsylvania. Everyone that grew up with me during those days knows that World Impact saved my life, keeping me out of trouble when all hell was breaking loose around me.”– Minister Duke Toler
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“For 10 years, I struggled greatly with my calling and ministry. I was on the verge of giving up and walking away from the ministry when I heard about World Impact. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about what World Impact means to my community and me. I am forever grateful and overwhelmed with joy and hope.”– Rev. Desmond Wedderburn
“World Impact understands urban ministry in a way very few others do. Their intentional focus on indigenous leaders is an amazing asset, and I am honored to be in partnership with this ministry.”– Chris Brooks