A new friend of mine, Rob Merrill, has planted a church in Stockton, CA. Last year it was rated as the most depressing city in America by Forbes. How about that for a reason to plant a church?
Here is a bit about them and their story as a church plant. Check them out here for their actual site. And by all means, please pray for them as they continue to work out and live out the kingdom of God in Stockton.