Some upsetting statistics from my Seminary Evangelism class. I do not recall the exact source but I believe these numbers are from Barna Research Group and the Southern Baptist Convention :
USA total population increased 11% in last ten years; church membership declined 9.5%
Church attendance is declining 10% over the past 7 years
Evangelical Church failed to gain additional 2% of population in the past 50 years.
No county in America has a greater percentage of churched people since a decade ago.
Half of all churches in America last year did not add one new member via conversion.
Churches are closing their doors….
1900 -27 churches for every 10,000
1950- 17 to 10,000
2004- 11 for every 10,000
We lose 72 churches per week or 10.27 per day
Gain 24 churches a week, 3.4 a day
Net loss of 48 week and 6.85/ day
USA is the Largest post-Christian nation.
It is the 3rd largest unchurched nation.
USA Lead world in all crime categories
North America is only continent where Christianity is not growing, in fact other Countries have sent Christian missionaries to us, when we once sent Christian missionaries to them!
13th (some ranked us even as high as 4th) highest receptor of missions nation
Fastest growing affiliation is “not religious”
(Canada + US) is only 3 t o5% truly evangelical
Bill Easum-estimates that in American churches 60% median age of 60 or higher