My partner in crime, Steve Evans, posted this on his blog and I think it’s rather important so I stole it. Apparently, he thought it was important enough to steal too. The data is from JD Payne‘s research from 2000. So, yes, it is 10 years old, but the implications are still very relevant for today.
Check out the amount of cities right here in our great state of NY. What is #19? Oh yes, it is Syracuse. Only 3.7% of the Syracuse population considers themselves “evangelical”. Now I know that “evangelical” is a tough word to adhere to in our culture. There are many political connotations, coupled with the general ambiguity of overused terms, that make some people leery of labels in general and “evangelical” in particular. However, he deems it applicable to those who claim to a “born again” experience, thus narrowing those who identify themselves as such.
Overall, it is very intriguing data (taken by a the Association of Religion Data Archives), especially in light of our current endeavor of planting a church in Phoenix. The need for churches is astounding. More churches in our area is not competition; it is the kingdom of God. Every gospel-centered church in our area should be checking into their resources and people to see what they can do. Secondary theological issues need to be pushed aside as we unite for the furthering of the kingdom of God. Thankfully, it is happening as people begin to organize and gather around Jesus’ movement and mission for the sake of others in our region.
U. S. Metro Area
Total Evangelical Percentage
Evangelical Church to Population Ratio
|Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Rhode Island||1.7%||1:8230|
|New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA||2.3%||1:8517|
|Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah||2.3%||1:9808|
|New London-Norwich, Connecticut||2.5%||1:6477|
|Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York||2.7%||1:5837|
|Glens Falls, New York||3.1%||1:4288|
|Utica-Rome, New York||3.4%||1:4837|
|Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE||3.6%||1:5704|
|Syracuse, New York||3.7%||1:5049|
|Rochester, New York||4.1%||1:5084|
|Binghamton, New York||4.4%||1:3504|