Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Need For Church Planting in North America

  1. There are 195,000,000 non-churched people in America, making America one of the top four unchurched nations in the world.
  2. In spite of the rise of megachurches, no county in America that we know of has a greater church population than it did 10 years ago.
  3. During the last 10 years, combined communicant church membership of all Protestant denominations declined by 9.5% while the national population increased during the same time by 11.4%.
  4. Each year 3500-4000 churches close their doors forever, while only as many as 1500 new churches are planted.
  5. There are now nearly 60% fewer churches per 10,000 persons in American than there were in 1920. (1920 - 27 churches for every 10K Americans, 1950 - 17 churches for every 10K Americans, 1996 - 11 churches for every 10K Americans).
  6. Today, of approximately 350,000 churches in America, four out of five are either plateaued or declining.
  7. One American denomination recently found that 80% of its new converts came in churches that were less than two years old.
  8. “The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches.” - Peter Wagner

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