Those of you who follow the boys over at Table Talk Radio ought to be familiar with one of their most interesting segments, the 10 Commandments in the news. For those of you who are initiated with the provocateurs of Lutheran doctrine and hilarity, Table Talk Radio is the first of its kind: a Lutheran game show. Revs. Bryan Wolfmueller and Evan Goeglein teach Lutheran doctrine through relevant, fun, and always interesting games. There is Table Talk Jeopardy, Which Ladder, Bumper Sticker Theology, Facebook Status Theology, the ultra popular and spot on Praise Song Cruncher, the Iron Preacher, and many, many, many more.
One of the staples of the show is a game called 10 Commandments in the news. In it, the Revs. select a news story, Continue reading “Luther on How to Break and Keep The 10 Commandments — Help for TableTalkRadio.org Fans”
Statistics are fun. Numbers are interesting. They do not lie. They simply are. The best are sports statistics — batting averages, earned run averages, goals against averages, goals, assists, home runs, runs batted in, points per game, rebounds, touchdowns, completion percentage, etc. The list is endless.
I ran across some interesting statistics about the American religious scene from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. They have any interesting page entitled “Fast Facts about American Religion” which you can find here. The statistics do not include the Catholic church or the Orthodox church, only Protestant church bodies. Some of the statistical facts that I found interesting are listed below. They do have something to tell us about the church in America today. What do you think that is?
- 59% of all Protestant churchgoers worship in congregations that have an attendance of 7-99 people. That is 9,000,000 people and 177,000 congregations.
- 35% of congregations have an average attendance of 100-499 people. That is 25,000,000 people and 105,000 congregations.
- 4% of congregations have an average attendance of 500 to 999 people. That is 9,000,000 people and 12,000 congregations.
- 2.41% of congregations have an average attendance of 1,000 or more. That is 7,210 congregations worship 12,700,000 people.
- The median church in America has 75 regular participants in Sunday morning services. That means half the churches are larger and half are smaller.
- Of Churches making significant use of technology in the life of the church, 46% saw some growth in membership, while 32% saw some decline in membership. 16% of such congregations merely plateaued.
- 90% of congregations make use of internet technologies.
- Congregational use of websites is in decline, however, with 69% of congregations using websites in 2010, down from a peak of 77% in 2009.
HT to Gene Veith for the graphic. These rates sure do undermine the false statistics that 96% of youth are leaving the church.
Religious retention rates.