Thinking Out Loud

April 9, 2017

The Other 95%

Filed under: Christianity — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:25 am

I’m writing this on Sunday morning.

I live in a town of 18,000 people.

Of those, we know from actual headcounts that about 900 will be in church this morning.

That’s 5%.

Of those 900, over half are Roman Catholic, including a Saturday night service.

A small percentage of us drive to church in the adjacent town of 22,000.

It fares a little better, out of a population of 22,000 about 2,000 people will attend Christian worship, of which about 500 are Roman Catholic. That’s closer to 10%.

But back to where I live.

If 5% attend, that means 95% don’t.

Where do Christians there begin to impact the town? What are next steps? Why do I feel I am the only one thinking about such things? 

It won’t be accomplished by a program or a crusade. It begins one-by-one; building relationships and letting people see faith lived out. 

I really try to do that.  This is a mission field. It’s a plodding type of progress. As new people start coming to church others move away or reach an age where attendance becomes impossible.  It can be discouraging, especially for pastors. 

But we have to keep trying.

Image: The picture above shows 12 people worshiping in England while at the same time another religion — Islam — is experiencing explosive growth. To read that 2013 story (which remains unchanged) click this link.



  1. I live in a more urban area than you do, but I imagine the church attendance figures are similar. So are the challenges. But we have different ones too.

    The closest church to where I live is about a half hour walk. The closest mosque is perhaps ten minutes. In my part of town there are about 10,000 Muslims, or so I have been told. The one-on-one relationships with those people are difficult; it is a very closed community. There are opportunities, but we need to be ready and willing to let the Spirit lead.

    When I think about it, maybe the challenges aren’t all that different.

    Comment by Lorne Anderson — April 9, 2017 @ 9:21 am

  2. That really puts things into perspective. Thanks for the water in the face moment Paul

    Comment by Ralph Juthman — April 9, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

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