Combine this with the reality that there are fewer churches per people in the United States than 100 years ago and we have a problem. According to Hunter, there were approximately 27 churches for every 10,000 people in 1900 compared with 12 churches for every 10,000 people today. The number is even less in our cities, where currently 85% of the population resides.
So the church today seems to be at a crossroads. I don’t think the answer is to sit around and lick our wounds, reminiscing about the glory days. Instead, we should be focusing our efforts on proactive measures to build bridges to those who are living far from God. As Mike Slaughter suggests, “…if we are not giving birth to new churches, we will become irrelevant to the next generations.”
What I sense in the church today is that there is a grass-roots effort to return to this missional mindset. It seems that God is raising up new leaders with a passion for reaching the unchurched by starting new movements and planting new churches. Jesus told us that His church would prevail, and we know that it will, so my prayer is that God will continue to fan the flames of passion to see the church thrive into the next generations! Will you join me?