State of the Church in the Omaha Metro
Ugh...technology. I've tried for the past 45 minutes to copy and paste a power point slide into this blog. I have given up trying to paste that slide. This was a power point presented by The American Church Research Project.
It was a cool graph that laid out the decline of worship percentage attendance between 1990-2000. Over a ten year period the slide showed that Evangelical attendance has dropped 6.5%, Mainline was down 17.3%, Catholic attendance was 8.1% below the 1990 numbers. This all led to an overall drop in the Omaha Metro area worship attendance of 9.5%.
Whether those statistics are on a graph or in text, the result is the same. Sobering. The reality is, it is not just about us. Yes our overall numbers here at CCC are up, but there are still many and more each day, month and year that don't attend a life giving church.
A summary slide at the end of this presentation stated:
"A factor in the the decline in the percentage attendance is
the insufficient net gain in the number of churches in the
Omaha metro area. If the present decade is to rectify that in
the metro area, 37 more churched would need to be started than
in the previous decade."
I believe more passionately than ever before that multi sites can address directly and quickly the need for more life giving churches that offer hope and new life through Jesus Christ.
I look forward in 2009 to see where God leads us to the next multi site.
On the Journey,
CC-Sarpy Campus Pastor