is increasingly becoming a more urban and ethnically diverse state. The 2010 U.S. Census revealed 74.79 percent (7.1 million) of North Carolinians live in the eight metropolitan areas of our state. The U.S. Census also noted that 77.82 percent (1.7 million) of non-Anglo North Carolinians live in the eight metropolitan areas.
North Carolina Metropolitan Areas People Identification Project (NCMapID Project)
These census results, and the continuing upward movement of these statistics, highlight the importance and priority we must place on these metropolitan areas, as well as the need to identify the unreached people living in these metropolitan counties.
In the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, 165 different native languages are spoken. In the Guilford County School System, 150 different native languages are spoken. Our state’s growing diversity provides churches in metropolitan areas an opportunity to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ without leaving North Carolina.
However, in order for the church to engage the people of the world whom God is bringing to North Carolina, we must first begin to identify these people groups.
In partnership with the Metrolina Baptist Association, Piedmont Baptist Association and Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, a pilot project began in 2013 called NCMapID. Metrolina and Piedmont associational missionaries, the Office of Great Commission Partnerships and an intern in both associations spearheaded this project. NCMapID is also made possible in partnership with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Office of Associational Partnerships and Office of Church Planting.
NCMapID Project Goals
The NCMapID Project, with a target completion date of December 2015, includes three goals:
- Identify each of the unique people groups living in the Charlotte and Greensboro metropolitan areas
- Mobilize North Carolina Baptists from across the state to partner with the Metrolina and Piedmont Associations to help identify, pray for and engage the people groups
- Expand the NCMapID project by creating an effective model that can be used in the six other North Carolina metropolitan areas