Some startling statistics

I just read this off of an email sent out by Pastor Eric Byrd.  I want you to consider them and let us see what we can do to honor God by building a church that bucks the trends.  I know that our God has greater plans than these sad numbers:

The following statistics are adapted from a web log entitled: The Condition of the Church in America.”  They were compiled by Andy McAdams. [i][1]
1. 1,400 pastors in America leave the ministry monthly.
2. Only 15% of churches in the United States are growing and just 2.2% of those are growing by conversion growth.
3. 10,000 churches in America disappeared in a five-year period.
4. Only 45% of the U.S. population attends church regularly.
5. The number of people in America that do not attend church has doubled in the past 15 years.
6. No more than 38% of the population attends church at all and that’s in the Bible belt.  The next highest is the Midwest at 25%, West 21% and the Northeast 17%.
7. Though the Bible Belt still boasts the highest percentage of church attendees.
  8. The vast majority of churches have an attendance of less than 75.
9. There are almost 100 million unchurched Americans, 11-20% of them claim to be born-again.  They have either left the church or never connected for some reason.
10. The median adult attendance per church service in 1999 was 90 people, which is slightly below the 1998 average of 95 adult attendees and in 1997 it was 102.  There seems to be a slight gradual decline.
11. Only 1/5 of the adult population attends Sunday school or some sort of Christian training.
12. Only 65% of Americans donate to a place of worship.  Of Evangelicals, however, 85% donate to their church, yet only 9% tithe.
13. 20-25% read their Bible consistently, 59% attend church weekly.
14. Only 60% of Christians say they are deeply committed to their faith, yet 85% of evangelicals make this claim.
15. One in four have a place in the church where they serve.
16. Less then 50% say that the Bible is totally accurate, yet 60% of those that claim to be born-again.
17. Just 1/3 of church attendees believe that they have a personal responsibility to share their faith with others.
18. 56% of the population believes that salvation can be earned and shockingly, 26% are among evangelical churches.
19. Giving to charities increased in the past decade yet giving to local churches is declining.
20. Out of 100,000 churches in America less then 2% are considered mega-churches, (1,000 or more).
21. 1 out of 4 church attendees are considered church hoppers.

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