We love Denver and believe that it is the best place to live in the United States. Access to the mountains, great music venues, dynamic night life, a hub for young adults (averaging around 35,000 a year moving to the city), 300 days a sunshine a year, the thinnest city in the nation, the Napa Valley of beer, the most educated city in America, and a place where you can be whoever you desire and no one is going to judge you for it. While all of these factors make Denver a great city, it holds in tension an equally great brokenness in the people who call Denver home.
Colorado ranks first for marijuana use, second in alcohol abuse, and 15th in drug abuse among the other 50 states. Denver has a population of around 12,000 homeless living on its streets, is ranked 8th for suicides in the nation, is a hub for the new age movement, and with so many of the residents being transient, Denver can be a very lonely place. We believe all of these factors have created a culture in Denver that desperately needs the redemptive work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than ever before.
In the religious realm, our city has been considered one of the most “unchurched” cities in the nation. While this may or may not be the case, it is a city full of people who, if they believe in God, don’t want to have any labels attached to their faith. Denver, being a very accepting culture, frowns on the idea of one system of belief having grasped ultimate truth over another system or worldview. This, as you can imagine, has made for a difficult setting to teach Jesus Christ as the Son of God and faith in Him as the only avenue to eternal salvation (which we do).