March 6, 2014
This powerful and thought provoking report is from Project Jerusalem. Ken Davis reports some convicting information on why we need new and to me renewed churches.
The Demographic Reason
U.S. population has now surpassed 317 million. Canada has about 33 million people. North America has become a huge and neglected mission field. Recent research states there are now over 200 million non-churched people in America. Our nation is one of the top four largest unchurched nations in the world. Only three other nations—China, India, and Indonesia—have more lost people.
Among this population are a great variety of people with a diversity of ages, socio-economic and educational levels, family structures, and religious and secular backgrounds. It will require thousands of new churches to reach such a great and diverse population with the gospel.
In spite of the rise of mega-churches, no county in America has a greater church population than it did 10 years ago. What once was a churched, supposedly Christian culture, has become an unchurched, post-Christian culture. Most people are not anti-church; they simply view the church as irrelevant to their lives.
The Cultural Reason
North America has more cultural and ethnic diversity than any other nation. With over 55 million Hispanics, the U.S. is the world’s third-largest Spanish-speaking nation. Altogether ethnic “minorities” number over one-third of our population. By 2042, “minorities” will be a majority in America. Already in many NorthAmerican cities immigrant and ethnic peoples surpass Anglo-Americans. In places like New York City and Toronto more than half of the population is foreign-born.
This reality calls for a contextualized church planting strategy—not changing our message but adapting our methods. Ethnic-specific (language) churches and intentionally multiethnic churches must be planted in our cities. We cannot expect everyone to embrace our culture (especially our church culture) in order to hear the gospel.