What Is the Manchester Project?
The Manchester Project is a strategic gospel mission targeting the suburb of Manchester in Greater Hartford, Connecticut. My family and I are putting down roots in Manchester to plant a church that will, by God’s grace, be part of a focused effort to reach Greater Hartford with the gospel.
Why Church Planting in Manchester, CT?
Greater Hartford is one of the most gospel-parched cities in all of America. It is considered the 7th most “post-Christian” city and the 8th least “Bible-minded” city in America. It’s a true frontline for mission. The good news is that Manchester is located in a position to impact Greater Hartford. Nestled between two interstates, nearly 275,000 people live within a 10-minute drive from the target location of our church. Manchester is projected to be the Hartford Region’s largest suburb by 2025 and is proudly one of Connecticut’s most diverse communities. It’s also a great location for reaching the up-and-coming generation: Manchester is known as a suburb for young professionals, with a median age of 35.4 and roughly a third of the population falling between the ages of 25 and 44 years old.
Why Garet & Heidi Halbert?
We have a passion for reaching the lost and church planting. As Heidi and I grew in our faith as members of Faith Community Church in Kansas City, MO, we became burdened for those who had not heard the gospel and did not have a gospel-preaching church nearby. That burden became a desire to church plant and a willingness to go to one of the most spiritually lost regions in America. I received my education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I trained with the NETS Center for Church Planting & Revitalization. And now, we are partnering with Christ Proclamation Church whose corporate heart beats for Christ’s mission and making Him known through church planting.