Church Stats

I recently went to a conference where I learned some not so happy statistics about the state of the church in the US.

What do you think….?

The estimated American unchurched population is 195 million people. (Jan. ’96 Gallup Princeton Religion Report)

During the past ten years, the combined communicat membership of all Protestant denominations has declined by 9.5% (4,498,242), while the national population has increased by 11.4% (24,153,000). (Charles Arn, Autumn ’96 ASCG Journal of Church Growth)

Half of all churches last year did not add one new member through “conversion growth”. ASCG

The churches to population ration is also declining.

1900 there were 27 churches for every 10,000 Americans
1950 there were 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans
1996 there were 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans

I’m not sure about the current state of churches in America. I can only hope it is better than it was in 1996… but I’m not to sure it is… it wasn’t by 2001

Almost three times as many churches are closing each year as are opening. (Lost in America: How You and Your Church Can Impact the World Next Door. Group Publishers, 2001)

How does this make you feel? What do you think the answer is? Should we be concerned?

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Posted on November 3, 2006, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. it makes me feel ashamed of the church in all honesty. I wonder on judgment day if we are going to have to answer to the lives that we allowed to stay lost. It does not surprise me though, most churches say they want to reach out but it is so messy in their eyes that they prefer the country club atmosphere they already have.

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