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D. Greg Ebie
· The Bible tells us that where your treasure is, there your heart is also. That means we could accurately say that many folks are more committed to professional sports than they are to the church. In 1993 the total attendance at worship services in the U.S. was 5.6 billion, while the total attendance at U.S. professional baseball, football, and basketball games combined was only 103 million (less than 2 percent of the worship attendance, or for every 100 people who attended church less than 2 were at a sporting event.)
· Now the rest of the story: Contributions to churches for the year totaled $56.7 billion (that’s just over $10 per person), but the amount spent on professional baseball, football, and basketball totaled $4 billion (that’s nearly $40 per person or almost 4 times what people gave to their local church per person). Is it any wonder that we look at some fans and say that they really are fanatics? They are more sold out for their team than many church attenders. HOW MIGHT WE CHANGE OUR NATION IF THE CHURCH QUADRUPLED ITS COMMITMENT TO OUR CAUSE? (Statistics reported in Citation: National & International Religion Report, 5/2/94. "To Verify," Leadership.)
The result of nationwide statistical survey conducted by Dr. Baby Ruth Santos-Hablo for the evangelical churches in the Philippines, the average church membership during their regular worship services attendance is ranging only from 50 to 80 believers. The real reason according to her is not the limitation of the growth expansion of churches but the contentment of church workers in maintaining this average number of attendance. Leaders are not focusing their attention in evangelization but by maintaining their regular programs as it is. (The Church Growth of Philippine Missionary Fellowship)
1 Thessalonians 4:9-4:12
1 John 1:1-1:10
2 Timothy 3:10-3:17
Church Tech: 9 out of 10 Protestant pastors have Internet access, and about half of all Protestant churches maintain a church Web site, according to a recent Ellison Research study. While 90% of ministers are online, only a third of those use a content filter on their church office computer. 88% of larger churches (200 or more in attendance) maintain a Web site, compared to 60% of mid-size churches (100 to 199) and only 28% of churches with fewer than 100. Pastors expect that the most important forms of technology in their ministry over the next 5 years will be doing research on the Internet followed by using Bible study software, building, or maintaining a Web site, using PowerPoint, and being able to show DVDs or videos. (PWB 1/7/05)
We give our different reports of the church in worship service attendance and Sunday school attendance and offerings and contacts made. Wouldn’t it be something if we had a measurement or a chart that would say this week we were up in abounding love. We have increased by seventy percent in love over last week. What if we could measure love? It would tell us so much, because that is the key. That is what Paul is telling them to abound in, is their Christian love. (Philippians 1:9)
How important it is when people come and visit us, just how much they sense this aspect of abounding love. Maybe we cannot...
Sermon Central Staff
DECLINE OF CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA
North America is the only continent on earth where Christianity is not growing.
Only 17.5% of the population of the US attends church on a regular Sunday.
During the 1990’s there was a 19.4% decline in church attendance.
85% of churches in America are plateaued or declining.
Only 12% of children raised in Bible Believing churches stay in the church after age 18.
With our large population of unchurched individuals, we are the 4th largest mission field.
If this is all true, why is it, and what can we do about it?
(From a sermon by Davon Huss, "7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1," 6/7/2010)
“40% of American adults attend church in a typical weekend. (2000) From the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties, church attendance was on a roller coaster ride. In 1986, 42% of adults attended a church service during a typical week in January. Attendance rose steadily, reaching a peak of 49% in 1991, before beginning a very slow but steady descent back to 40% in January 2000” (Obtained from www.barna.org)
Pastoral Pay Increases: Compensation for pastors has increased faster than inflation over the last 25 years, finds a Duke University Divinity School survey. Median pay for Protestant clergy in the U.S.—including the value of provided housing—is now $40,000, similar to that of school-teachers and social workers. Roman Catholic priests, with no wives and children to support, receive a median of $25,000. The survey found that about 60% of Protestant pastors serve churches with an average Sunday attendance of 100 people or less. (PWB 2/28/03)
WHO WILL BE FAITHFUL
A study once disclosed that if both Mom and Dad attend church regularly, 72 percent of their children remain faithful in attendance.
If only Dad attends regularly, 55 percent remain faithful.
If only Mom attends regularly, 15 percent remain faithful.
If neither attend regul...
America’s Faith Changing: George Barna has discovered discernible faith transitions have occurred across various subgroups. Young Adults—When Baby Busters (born between ‘65 and ‘83) enter a new life stage, a 1st marriage or parenthood, religious faith stabilizes. Since ’96 7% more attend Sunday school; since ’98 6% more volunteer at their church; church attendance is up 4%; participation in small groups jumped 6%; and 7% more read the Bible. Busters are 7% more likely to say they are “absolutely committed” to the Christian faith than 5 years ago. They are 6% more likely to accept personal responsibility for sharing their faith with others who believe differently. Older Americans have reduced their involvement in organized faith endeavors such as church attendance by 6% since ‘98, evangelizing 8% since ’97, and volunteering at church 7% since ’93. There is no indication that the intensity of their personal faith is fading. Blacks are 10% less likely to read the Bible and 6% less likely to share their faith with non-believers than they were 3 years ago. They are 4% less likely to attend a Sunday school class than in ‘96. Strong core biblical beliefs have declined 9%-11%. Bible Belt Weaker Although Southerners are more likely to attend weekly church services than people from any other region, weekly attendance has fallen 6% since ’97, church volunteerism is down 8% since ’98, evangelizing 7% in 3 years. The number of born again believers is off a startling 9%. Evangelicals are the most spiritually-inclined population subgroup. They are 3 times more likely than the national average to attend Sunday school (58% do so), 3.5 times more likely to share their faith with others (75% did so in the past year), are 3 times as likely to belong to a small group (58%), 3 times as likely to volunteer at their church (63%), and twice as likely to attend weekly church services (79%). However, they represent just 6% of the adult population. Nearly 66% volunteer at church, up 10% since ’96. (Barna Research Online 3/18/03)
Church Attendance: Roughly 40% of Americans say they seldom or never attend church or synagogue according to a recent Gallup poll. 29% attend church once a week. 11% attend almost every week and 16% attend about once a month. (PWB 10/3/03)