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The Need for Church Planting: Some Stats

One of the misconceptions I had about church planting before I became a church planter was that North America was already evangelized.  The truth is that the American church has never kept up with population growth and is very much a mission field.  To prove the point here are two different statistics from Ed Stetzer’s excellent book, Planting Missional Churches.

The church-to-population ratio based on statistics form the U.S. Census:

  • In 1900, there were 28 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
  • In 1950, there were 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
  • In 2000, there were 12 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
  • In 2004, there were 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans.

George Hunter’s research concludes that,

  • There are 120 million secular undiscipled people in the United States.
  • The U.S. is the largest mission field in the Western hemisphere.
  • The U.S. is the fifth largest mission field on earth.

These startling statistics point only in one direction.  If we want people to hear the gospel then we must plant churches in the United States.


Written by Joe Holland

February 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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