According to Lifeway research, 3500 churches close every year. 3500 churches will no longer be preaching the gospel or being salt and light in their community. That is almost one church a day. Let that sink in for just a moment.
According to N.A.M.B. (North American Mission Board), nearly 72% of Southern Baptist Churches in North America have plateaued or are declining. American Church research project states that 77% of Americans do not have a connection to an orthodox (Bible believing preaching) Church.
There is a great need for God’s people to repent and to be broken hearted over the condition of our land. If you read Nehemiah, chapter one, we see the response of Nehemiah after hearing and understanding the condition of his land and the people. God broke his heart. He wept, prayed and fasted. The Bible says the news so gripped him that he “sat down.”
Churches are closing, churches have become stuck in the past and are married to tradition. Churches have gotten out of touch with culture and no longer relate to the younger generation. Many churches have become irrelevant so the doors close. They would rather experience the pain of the doors closing than the pain of change.
These statistics are unacceptable to me. I cannot sit idly by and do nothing. We must care more about the “lostness” of our world than the comfort of our own churches and preferences. Lord forgive our indifference. We have grown cold and callous to the lost sheep.
God help us to be like you; to leave the 99 and go after the one. Lord, change us, break us, forgive us and renew a passion deep within us. In Jesus name…