Some interesting things to read-We have reached average and certainly do not want to stay there!
1) Less than 20% of Americans regularly attend church – half of what the pollsters report. There are approximately 330,000 churches in America; out of those churches approximately 17.7% (52 million) of Americans attend church on an average Sunday.
2) American church attendance is steadily declining.
3) Only one state is outpacing its population growth. Hawaii.
4) Mid-sized churches are shrinking; the smallest and largest churches are growing.
Churches under 50 and over 2,000 are growing
Average attendance of Protestant church: 124
1,250 mega-churches in America/one emerges every three days
5) Established churches, 40-190 years old – are, on average, declining. New church starts reach more people better, faster, cheaper than existing churches.
6) The increase in churches is only Â¼ of what’s needed to keep up with population growth.
3,000 churches close every year
3,800 new church starts survived
Net annual gain: 800 new churches
Net annual gain needed to keep up with population growth:10,000 new churches
7) In 2050, the percentage of the U.S. population attending church will be almost half of what it was in 1990.
US Population in 1990: 248 million/20.4% church attendance
US Population in 2050: 520 million/11.7% church attendance (HT)
Discover more surprising facts in Dave Olson’s The American Church in Crisis