So, why do we believe that we need more life-giving churches in Spokane? Let me give you a few startling statistics:
1. Over 80% of our community doesn’t attend church.
2. Childhood suicide
According to the Spokane Regional Health District, suicide takes the lives of more than one person each week in Spokane County.
“Nationwide it is the third leading cause [of death] for youth ages 10 to 24, and in Washington state it's the second leading cause of death.”
3. Now for a good statistic: New churches reach unchurched people at a higher percentage than older churches.
“New churches best reach the unchurched–period. Dozens of denominational studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body, while churches over 10-15 years of age gain 80-90% of new members by transfer from other congregations. This means that the average new congregation will bring 6-8 times more new people into the life of the Body of Christ than an older congregation of the same size.”Tim Keller