We are prayerfully seeking to place 10 churches in Dublin by 2028.
In order to realise this, we are exploring three new church plants in 2019.
Possible locations and names of these churches are:
Why focus on Dublin?
Government research suggests by 2031, over 40% of the population share of the Republic of Ireland will be living in the greater Dublin area.
A recent Anglican survey also predicts there will be centres of population explosion in the capital over the next 5 to 10 years. These areas include inner north Dublin, along with Howth, Portmarnock and Coolock.
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In addition many multinationals are continuing to use Dublin as a hub by which they can reach not only Europe, but also the Middle East, India and beyond. As far as any church planting strategy is concerned, Dublin represents a global center from which the gospel might indeed reach the world.
Although ICM is concerned for the whole of Ireland, under God, it would appear to make sense to focus and indeed multiply our efforts in reaching the growing city of Dublin in the next 10 years.
Why plant new churches in Ireland today?
The bottom line is that many long established churches have given up preaching the gospel. This is the first a greatest reason to raise up a new generation of church planters. However, also, for many modern Irish people the church’s message has been silenced largely by it’s own actions. Unsurprisingly, recent figures show that the fastest growing religion amongst the new generation is ‘no religion’ at all.
Writing on the Gospel Coalition Website, Jonny Grant, an Irish Baptist Pastor says
The Republic of Ireland itself has 72 towns with populations of more than 5000 that remain without any gospel-centered church.
Further research suggests that out of these 72 there are 17 towns with a population of 15 000 people who remain without any gospel witness. The closer you get to the cities, the worse the problem becomes.
Although, according to the Joshua project there are 1.33% evangelical Christians in the Republic of Ireland, when analysed more closely these evangelicals are among the 12% of the population who have immigrated to Ireland in the last 20 years. The percentage of evangelicals among the indigenous Irish is under 1%. Specifically The Republic of Ireland has one of the lowest evangelical populations in all of Europe—around 0.5 percent.