In the heart of “flyover country,” Omaha is quietly becoming a hub for starting a family, a band, or a church. Various publications have ranked Omaha among the best cities in the US for raising kids, cost of living, and safety, and it is also considered one of the best up-and-coming cities for music. Omaha is also experiencing an explosion in ethnic diversity. The major ethnic minority is no longer African-American, but Hispanic; the area boasts the largest Sudanese population in America; and it is experiencing a growing population from Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, China, and a host of other countries around the world. Of Metro Omaha’s population (just shy of one million people), 50 percent claim no religious affiliation, while all evangelicals combined total just 12 percent. As such, the area is familiar with alternative lifestyles and various religious traditions from Mormonism to Islam, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism. In addition to this ethnic, lifestyle, and religious diversity, Omaha is strategically positioned in the middle of the I-29 corridor, making it a prime location for fostering church planting up and down the Midwest from Kansas City to Winnipeg.
PlantOmaha exists to encourage and equip churches, planters, and pastors in carrying out the Great Commission in this context. Jesus has called us to take the gospel from our zip code to the ends of the earth till there’s no place left. Due to the ethnic diversity and international representation in Omaha, a church planting movement in the metro area could indeed result in the gospel going to the ends of the earth. PlantOmaha strives to be an ethnically and socially diverse group united in a commitment to the gospel, to prayer, and to planting churches full of disciple-making disciples.