Syracuse: #19 Unreached City in US

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

Provo-Orem, Utah 0.6% 1:18,427
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 1.5% 1:9640
Barnstable-Yarmouth, Massachusetts 1.5% 1:8889
Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Rhode Island 1.7% 1:8230
Springfield, Massachusetts 1.9% 1:9814
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA 2.3% 1:8517
Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah 2.3% 1:9808
Boston-Worcester-Lawrence-Lowell-Brockton, Massachusetts 2.5% 1:7786
New London-Norwich, Connecticut 2.5% 1:6477
Hartford, Connecticut 2.7% 1:7557
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York 2.7% 1:5837
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania 2.8% 1:6577
Burlington, Vermont 2.9% 1:6630
Dubuque, Iowa 3.1% 1:6857
Glens Falls, New York 3.1% 1:4288
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazelton, Pennsylvania 3.1% 1:4733
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
Bangor, Maine 3.8% 1:3535
Portland, Maine 3.8% 1:4580
Laredo, Texas 3.9% 1:4598
Reading, Pennsylvania 4% 1:4018
Rochester, New York 4.1% 1:5084
Binghamton, New York 4.4% 1:3504
Reno, Nevada 4.6% 1:4715
Salinas, California 4.7% 1:3686
Lewiston-Auburn, Maine 5% 1:4152
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 5% 1:3978

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