This is one of the reasons why I’m in L.A. trying to develop a multi-generational, multi-ethnic and multi-socio-economic church in the heart of downtown.
Some statistics from DJ Chuang
Downtown L.A. in particular has grown so much (27,000 new residents since 2000 and conservatively estimating another 10,000 in the next 10 years), that you’d need 20 more churches of 300 persons each just to keep up with population growth! Yet there aren’t nearly enough churches in downtown L.A. to reach the growing and existing population. We need more gospel-centered churches to join us.
By 2050 nearly 67% of the world will live in a city, so cities–not suburbs–are where people are moving to. This is not only a global trend but is happening in North America as well. Young people in particular are moving to downtown urban centers in major cities in the U.S.
We need churches wherever people are, including suburbs, but because people live so densely in cities the need for new and/or revitalized churches in cities is of the utmost importance.
Is the city you live in one of the least-churched? Does your church commit resources to helping plant and/or renew churches? Ask your pastor what his/her vision is for reaching younger generations who are choosing to live in least-churched cities and downtown city-centers. Find out what percentage of people go to church in the city you live in and what churches are actively reaching out to the unchurched and de-churched.