WHY PLANT A CHURCH
Planting churches is the most effective way to reach the lost people of the world, who are desperately in need of the hope and peace that only Jesus can give them. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and make more disciples, baptizing and teaching them. Church planting is a fitting response -- typically 60-80% of those attending church plants are new believers.
New, mission-minded local churches expand the reach of the Universal Church to share the gospel and help people know and follow Jesus. Paul and other early church leaders used church planting as their own strategy, starting new churches to bring the life-changing good news of Jesus to the world around them. We, as believers, are called to do the same.
The religious landscape of Utah is such that many Utahns desperately feel the need to keep up with appearances, and it crushes them. As a result, Utah has among the highest rates in the nation for depression, suicide, plastic surgery, and pornography consumption. We recognize that breakthrough, healing, and light can only come through Jesus. Since the LDS culture dominates the landscape in Utah and nearly 98% of people do not personally know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, Utah is considered an unreached people group.
Daybreak is a master-planned community in South Jordan, Utah. It is rapidly expanding and the developer has forecasted that its population will grow from about 15k to over 50k residents in the next 15 years. 1 in every 5 homes sold in Salt Lake County is in Daybreak. The buyers are often local families, but there has been a huge increase in out-of-state transplants moving in as the tech industry emerges in Utah. Many tech companies from Silicon Valley are adding operations in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley -- an area dubbed the Silicon Slopes -- just minutes away from Daybreak. The development currently contains 1 LDS temple, 8 LDS chapels with more under construction, and many future chapels being planned as the community expands. They currently have no evangelical churches.
Daybreak is in the southwestern portion of Salt Lake County, a prime starting point to spread the gospel south into Utah County (over 85% LDS) and west into Tooele County (70% LDS) as we dream to plant a church that plants more churches.
Want to know an amazing story about how we found out about Daybreak? Read it on the About Us page.