I am in a meeting w the Bishop, Superintendents and pastors who will help lead a movement to plant new churches.
The Superintendent leading the charge to plant churches is Paul Brunstetter. He gave us some statistics to think about.
77% of Americans do not have a consistent relationship w a local church.
When 5000 churchgoers were asked what is the main purpose, 88% answered "to serve the congregation." we will not reach out until that number is as close to zero as we can get!
In 1900, there were 27 churches per 10,000 ppl. In 1996, there were 11 per 10,000. The scary piece of this statistic is that the avg church size is THE SAME as it was in 1900. So mega churches have not evangelized the culture.
For United Methodists, to compare today to 1968, we have:
80% of the churches we had
78% of attendance we had
57% of ppl making a profession of faith for the first time
44% of the youth and children we had
We need to plant 1% of the total number of churches we have to maintain. 2-3% to grow. That means we must plant 8 UM churches in KY each year just to survive. 16-24 to grow!
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