More on the Sleepy American Church

John ArmstrongRenewal

I related some facts on September 3 that show plainly why the church in America is asleep. Further evidence to support this conclusion include the following:

1. In proportion to population there arae less than half as many churches in the U.S. Today as there were in 1900. Since 1950, there are thirty percent fewer churches for today’s population.

2. Approximately 4,000 churches are begun every year, while 7,000 close!

3. North America and Europe are the only continents in the world where Christianity is not growing.

4. In 1991, 21 percent of all adults were unchurched, and in 2002 the number reached 34 percent.

5. Amazingly, giving per person in the church is less today than it was during the Great Depression.

6. The U. S. is the number two missionary receiving country in the world behind only Brazil. Christians outside of North America increasingly view us as a mission field filled with churches that are spiritually asleep.

7. The Association of Church Mission Committees (ACMC) says 250,000 of 300,000 U. S. congregations are stagnant or dying.

8. Both Catholic and Protestant (both evangelical and mainline) churches face the crisis of declining numbers.

9. The percentage of those church members who profess to an experience of the new birth who will be involved in a divorce is higher than that of non-born-again adults, 27 percent to 24 percent.

10. The average attendance at a Protestant church is 90. This is down by ten percent from 1997 and by 12 percent from 1992.

These institutional numbers are a reflection of a deeper and more serious problem, spiritual malaise and sleepiness. How can anyone seriously doubt the need for a general spiritual awakening in the land of Great Awakenings?