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?