Stats Speak For Themselves

carlongroadThe last post might have left you thinking that Christianity really could end in America. I thought I’d respond with a resounding IMPOSSIBLE! When I think of something ending I see an empty place. A road without any traffic. That will never be the case with Christianity in America. The road might continue to get more narrow, but I’m confident that there will always be someone new interested in joining us on it. But here are a few statistics about the current state of the church / Christianity in America that did open my eyes.

  • Every year more than 4,000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1,000 new church starts!
    There were about 4,500 new churches started between 1990 and 2000, with a twenty year average of nearly 1000 a year.
  • Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. This translates into the realization that people are leaving the church.
  • From 1990 to 2000, the combined membership of all Protestant denominations in the USA declined by almost 5 million members (9.5 percent), while the US population increased by 24 million (11 percent).
  • At the turn of the last century (1900), there was a ratio of 27 churches per 10,000 people, as compared to the close of this century (2000) where we have 11 churches per 10,000 people in America!
  • The United States now ranks third (3rd) following China and India in the number of people who are not professing Christians; in other words, the U.S. is becoming an ever increasing “un-reached people group.”
  • Half of all churches in the US did not add any new members to their ranks in the last two years.

These are real reasons (provided by the United States Census Bureau and listed with more details here) why we must start taking our faith very seriously and sharing it more openly and frequently. I’m part of the problem, but I am also part of the solution. What are your thoughts on what we can do about this?

PRAYING for Christians in America to stand up and not wait on our government to make us a Christian nation. PRAISING God for allowing us to have the liberty and freedoms we do, even though some are trying to get rid of them all.

  1. I think that what we’re seeing is the end of ‘Club Church’.

    Historically it has been very popular in America to be recognized as ‘Christian’ but I think that period is coming to an end.

    As a result, churches are slowly being whittled down to those who actually have a relationship with God and are not just there because it is socially desirable.

    The challenge we face is how to win for God people who spent years or even decades ‘in’ church but never truly believed.

  2. Matt Farina

    Peter P, you might be right. But, the one thing that stands out is that we aren’t doing the mission of the church. If a church isn’t growing why is that? Is the spirit not there? Are we not partnering with God on this?

    These stats remind me that, while the church does a lot, the results say the mission of the church isn’t happening. Maybe it’s time to start rethinking strategy.

  3. Matt Harmon

    If you have not read Un-Christian by David Kinnaman I would highly recommend it.

  4. I agree with Peter P. and Matt yes we need to go back to sharing the law and the gospel. People need to evangelize. There are many to profess to be Christian, but most of those are just the ones that go to church, think by going to church that makes them a Christian, but not actually having been born again.

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