Philip, at “Churchless Christians” (interesting blog title), has published some statistics about the church in New Zealand in a post called “12 Shocking Facts About the Church“. (By the way, I love the url for this blog: everyhomeachurch.blog.co.uk.)
While the facts are primarily about the church in New Zealand, I couldn’t help but notice that some also describe the church in the United States, at least the part of the church with which I am familiar. Just the top four “shocking facts” are eye opening:
1. the total cost of Christian outreach averages $330,000 for each and every newly baptised person.
2. New immigrants are creating an artificial impression that the Church is not declining in New Zealand
3. Many denominations have a huge backdoor. NZ Baptist churches, for example, are baptising the equivalent of nearly 10% of adult church members each year, yet there is little overall growth in the denomination.
4. The local church of 70 adults 10 years ago is still the local church of about 70 adults. In 10 years of hard work, prayer, programmes, and planning there has been little overall change.
So, do you think these “shocking facts” are characteristics of the church in the United States? If you are not from the United States, do these “shocking facts” describe the church in your area? Should we do anything about this? If so, what?