Tithing was down in the U.S. from 8 percent of households tithing in 2001 to
3 percent in 2002. Among born-again adults, 14 percent said they tithed in
2001, but only 6 percent claimed to in 2002. In 2003 Southern Baptists gave an
average of 2.03 percent of their earnings to the local church.
Dr. Bob Reccord, president of the North American Mission Board, cited a
grave concern over a decline in giving to cooperative missions efforts by
churches. In 1980, he said, the average church gave 10.5 percent of its budget
to Southern Baptists Cooperative Program, while the current average is 7.4
percenta decrease of nearly 30 percent. If that trend continues, weve got 40
years left, period. Reccord said.
Source: Leadership, Fall 2003 and Baptist Press, October
9, 2003 and Report of the SBC Funding Study Committee to the SBC Executive
Committee, October 23, 2003
Genuine faith is infectious; its contagious. If youve got it, you cant keep
it for yourself. If youve got it, your friends know it and certainly your
family knows it.
SBC President Jack Graham on radio program, Strength for
Living, November 28, 2003
God gave us a 20/20 vision that sees everyone in the state and passing
through the state having the opportunity to hear the gospel to such a degree
that he or she can respond.
Mark Edlund, Executive Director of the Colorado Baptist General
For the first time since we embraced the vision to plant 1,000 churches by
the year 2020, we are seeing church planting movements develop. But we realize
this is just the tip of the iceberg and that there is still much work left to
Gerry Taillon, National Ministry Leader, Canadian Convention of Southern
We live in a world of complex relationships that bless, challenge and
perplex us. The good news is that the Master continues to touch and transform
all who follow Him today.
Paula Colquitt, Director of Womens Resources, Nevada Baptist
NAMB has assisted the Arkansas Convention and our associations in reaching
hundreds of young people through our successful Real Encounter Weekends.
Dr. Emil Turner, Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State
Convention, where the high school events have resulted in many decisions for
Christ and also a record number of youth surrendering to calls to ministry. On
Mission interview, January 21, 2004
Sources : Rocky Mountain Baptist, December 2003, CCSB Baptist
Horizon, 2003 and The Nevada Baptist, October 2003
Recipe for Divorce
Couples who live together before marriage are 50
percent more likely to divorce than couples who dont cohabitate, according to a
study that reviewed 50 years of data on the issue. More and more couples seem
to be moving in together. In less than 40 years, cohabitation by unmarried
couples has increased 1,000 percent. More than 7 million American couples have
this arrangement today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Almost 1.2 million Canadian couples are living in common-law unions,
according to the 2001 General Social Survey. Statistics Canada reported that
between 1995 and 2001, the number of couples living together rose by 20
percent. In contrast, the number of married couples increased by just 3
percent, growing to 6.4 million. A recent Focus on the Family of Canada survey
found that 63 percent of Canadians under the age of 40 agreed with the
statement that living together tends to improve the chances for a happy,
successful marriage. Statistics prove otherwise. A Stats Canada survey found
that men and women who live under common-law are twice as likely to separate
than those who are married.
Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 14, 2003;
Baptist Press, September 12, 2003; Statistics Canada,
Changing conjugal life in Canada, The Daily, July 11, 2002 and The
Interim, Toronto, Canada, August 2002
Did you know?
The United States is the third largest unchurched nation in the world
North America is the only continent where Christianity is not growing.
Seven out of 10 people in North America do not know Christ.
The United States is now the 13th largest receptor of Christian missionaries
in the world.
Only 4 percent of Americans have a biblical worldview.
More than 80 percent of all churches in the United States are plateaued or
We lose 72 churches per week or 10.27 per day.
We gain 24 churches per week or 3.42 per day. Thats a net loss of 48
churches per week or 6.85 per day.
Half of all churches last year did not add one new member through conversion
While the U.S. population grew by 11.4 percent over the last 10 years,
church growth declined by 9.5 percent.
47 percent of the U.S. population will be non Anglo-American by 2050.
French Canadians are the largest unreached people group (6 million with .5
percent Christian) in North America.
2001 Census data indicates that the population in Quebec is 83.2 percent
Roman Catholic and 0.5 percent Baptist.
More than 85 million people in the U.S. live among 200 language/culture
groups other than Anglo-American.
The number of Protestants in Canada is declining: The number of Protestants
fell 8.2 percent to about 8.7 million or 29 percent of the total pop, between
1991 and 2001. Protestants remain the 2nd largest religious group in Canada.
Roman Catholic affiliation leads with 43 percent. No religion stands at 16
percent and Baptists are 2.5 percent. Baptists in Canada are slightly more
numerous than Muslims who make up 2 percent. Protestants in Canada include
mainline religions (Anglican, Christian Reformed, Lutheran, United Church) that
do not always preach a born again gospel. Protestants also include Mennonite,
Pentecostal and Salvation Army that tend to be more evangelical in their
Outreach Canada, a ministry organization that specializes in church research
estimates that in 2001 there were some 3.2 million Christians (10.9% of total
population in 2001) in Conservative Protestant denominations, up from 2.9
million in 1991. (www.outreach.ca)
Sources: North American Mission Board Church Planting Team and Research
Services, Statistics Canada, 2001, and The Barna Update, December 1,
By the numbers
2.8 millionIncrease in the U.S. population from
1.3 millionIncrease in the U.S. international
population from 2002-2003
47 millionNumber of Americans who speak a language
other than English
74,000Increase in the population of Nevada in 2003,
the fastest-growing state for the 17th straight year
Sources: Time, January 12, 2004 and U.S. Census Bureau, December
The decay of morality
The Barna Research Group asked U.S. adults about the acceptability of 10
moral behaviors. A majority of Americans (61 percent) found gambling to be the
most acceptable behavior. The
activity that garnered the least support was using illegal drugs (17
Source: The Barna Update, November 3, 2003
Homosexuality in our timeHow lost is North America? A
good benchmark for the moral decay and courseness of society is the success of
the homosexual agenda.
The homosexual urban legendWhile homosexuals claim
they make up 10 percent of the population, the reality is closer to 1 to 2
percent. The National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) found that 2.8
percent of the male and 1.4 percent of the female population identify
themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The study also found that only 0.9
percent of men and 0.4 percent of women reported having only same-sex partners
since age 18, a figure that would repre-sent a total of only 1.4 million
Americans as homosexual. The NHSLS is considered the most widely accepted study
of sexual practices in the United States.
Census 2000 figures show there are a total of 106,741,426 households in the
U.S., and only 0.42 percent of those are unmarried same-sex householdsless than
one percent. Many believe homosexuals use the bogus 10 percent figure in order
to inflate their numbers and their influence.
Attitudes about homosexuals influenced by religious
beliefsOpposition to gay marriage has increased since summer
2003, and a narrow majority of Americans (51 percent) also oppose allowing gays
and lesbians to enter legal agreements that fall short of marriage. Moreover,
despite the overall rise in tolerance toward gays since the 1980s, many
Americans remain highly critical of homosexuals, and religious belief is a
major factor in these attitudes.
A national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center finds that
homosexuality is a major topic in churches and other houses of worship. In
fact, clergy are nearly as likely to address homosexuality from the pulpit as
they are to speak out about abortion or prayer in school, say people who attend
church regularly. The poll finds that people who hear clergy talk about
homosexuality are more likely to have highly unfavorable views of gays and
lesbians. Evangelicals who hear sermons on this issue are much more apt than
others to believe that gays and lesbians can change their sexual orientation
(65 percent compared to 22 percent) and to view homosexuality as a threat to
society (52 percent compared to 11 percent).
The public as a whole has moved decisively in the direction of tolerance; in
particular, discrimination against homosexuals is now widely opposed. The
current survey shows that a majority of Americans (54 percent) feel that, as
parents, gay and lesbian couples can do as good a job as heterosexual
Yet as public attention has turned to questions of gay marriageand as
homosexuals have become far more visible in society and the entertainment
mediathere have been some signs of a backlash. Roughly 31 percent of Americans
say greater acceptance of gays would be a bad thing for the country, up from 23
percent in a 2000 survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And nearly
half the public (48 percent) thinks the entertainment media present too many
gay themes and characters, compared with 37 percent in the same 2000
Sources: Traditional Values Coalition, January 2004 and The Pew Forum on
Religion and Public Life, January 2004
JuneJune 10, 2003 - Canadian court legalizes gay
June 26, 2003 - Supreme Court overturns Texas anti-sodomy law, in effect
decriminalizing gay sex in the last 13 states where such laws were on the
JulyJuly 2, 2003 - Wal-Mart, the countrys largest
private employer, extends its anti-discrimination policy to gays and
July 15, 2003 - Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
debuts on television
July 30, 2003 - President Bush says that he will support a law that would
define marriage as a union between a woman and a man
augustAugust 5, 2003 - Episcopal Church elects first
openly gay bishop
septemberSeptember 2003 - Brides magazine features its first
article on same-sex weddings
September 19, 2003 - California lawmakers grant same-sex couples nearly all
the rights of married spouses
September 20, 2003 - Grammy-award winning singer,
Melissa Etheridge, weds girlfriend in private ceremony in Malibu,
novemberNovember 18, 2003 - Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court rules gays have a constitutional right to marry
decemberDecember 16, 2003 -
President Bush says that if necessary he would support a constitutional
amendment which would define marriage as between a man and a woman
january 2004january 18, 2004 - The L Word (for
lesbian) debuts on television
Timeline Sources: CBSnews.com, Dec. 22, 2003; New York Times,
July 2, 2003; Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 29, 2003 and The Gay
Financial Network, September 23, 2003
Majority of Americans say no to gay marriage
A New York Times/CBS News national poll conducted in December indicated that
61 percent of Americans (up from 55 percent in July) opposed legalizing
homosexual marriage, and 55 percent favored an amendment to the United States
Constitution that would allow marriage only between a man and a woman.
Source: Family Research Council, January 7, 2004 and CBSNEWS.com, December
The world at our doorstep: where they live, work
Among Americans age 5 and over, 47 million speak a language other than
English at home (about 18 percent of the population)a growth of 47 percent
between 1990 and 2000.
4.1 million Muslims live in the U.S.
Muslim Americans tend to be heavily concentrated in Detroit, Chicago, New
York and Los Angeles. Detroits population includes more Muslims than virtually
any other U.S. city. McDonalds restaurants in the Detroit area now provide
halal Chicken McNuggets for the growing population of Muslim customers
2.5 million Buddhists live in the U.S.
1 million Hindus live in the U.S. Another 100,000 live in Canada. Edison,
New Jersey, has the highest concentration of Hindus in the U.S.
About a quarter million Sikhs live in America, with 100,000 living on each
coast. Other areas with high numbers of Sikhs are Chicago, Detroit, and
New York City has the largest Chinatown in the United States, with an
estimated population in excess of 100,000, excluding undocumented illegal
aliens. Counting the illegals could easily double that number.
Orange County in California has the largest Vietnamese population outside of
Vietnam at 233,000.
The largest concentration of Afghans is in Freemont, California.
The largest numbers of immigrants coming into Seattle are from the
Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea.
Vietnamese and South Koreans top the list of immigrants coming into the
Atlanta metropolitan area.
Miami is the Latino capital of the United States with Latinos and Hispanics
making up 57 percent of the Miami-Dade County population.
About half of all Arab-Americans live in five states: California, Florida,
Michigan, New Jersey and New York. One of the highest concentrations of
Arab-Americans can be found in Dearborn, Michigan, where roughly 30 percent of
the population is of Arab descent.
Jews make up roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population. More Jews live in the
U.S. than in Israel.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the worlds richest
and fastest-growing religious movements. The Mormon church today has a
worldwide membership of 11 millionmore than half outside the U.S. If current
trends hold, Mormons could number 265 million worldwide by 2080, second only in
number to Roman Catholics. Such an increase in membership may be attributed to
an aggressive missionary program that enlists more than 60 percent of all young
Sources: U.S. Census 2000; U.S. News and World Report, Special
Collectors Edition, 2004; Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America by
Mann, Gurinder Singh, et al; Reaching the World in Our Own Backyard by
Rajendra K. Pillai, 2003; American Religious Identification Survey,
2001; Christian Science Monitor, October 7, 2002; Islamonline.net; CNN.com, April 26, 2003 and Crosswalk.com, December 29,
Almost 25,000 students and adults participated in 2003 in the rehabilitation
of substandard housing and other ministry projects of World Changers.
Southern Baptists gave $49,650,279 to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in
More than 45,000 individuals have made professions of faith through NAMBs
Strategic Focus Cities efforts since 2000.
Relief efforts following Hurricane Isabel in 2003 involved Southern Baptist
Disaster Relief teams from 24 state conventions.
Southern Baptists had 27,523 trained Disaster Relief volunteers in 2002, up
from 24,874 in 2001.
A record number of Southern Baptist associations (774) have committed to
being engaged in church planting in 2004.
Canadian Southern Baptists planted 39 churches in 2003. This brings the
total of Canadian Southern Baptist churches to 207 and represents a 22 percent
increase in churches.
Sources: The North American Mission Board and the Canadian Convention of
The New Testament meets Cosmo
With fresh-faced teen models and teasers for beauty tips and dating advice,
youd think you were looking at the next issue of CosmoGirl. Take a
closer look. Revolve may look like the popular teen magazine, but its
the complete New Testament from Matthew to Revelation.
We asked teen girls how often they read the Bible, says Laurie Whaley, one
of Revolves editors and a spokeswoman for its publisher, Thomas Nelson
Bibles. The response that came back was, Well, we dont read the Bible.
They said, Its just too freaky, too intimidating. It doesnt make any sense.
So in an effort to appeal to teenage girls, Thomas Nelson has given the New
Testament a makeover. They hope that the magazine-style cover and bright
colors will help it seem hipper to todays youth.
August 26 2003
Does premarital sex cause depression in
According to a Heritage Foundation study, it might. The study found that
25.3 percent of sexually active teenage girls said they were often depressed,
compared to 7.7 percent of girls who had not had sexual intercourse. For boys,
the numbers were 8.3 percent versus 3.4 percent, respectively. The study also
said 14.3 percent of sexually active girls had attempted suicide, compared to
5.1 percent of sexually inactive girls. Six percent of sexually active boys had
attempted suicide versus only 0.7 percent of boys who had not had sexual
Behaviors other than sexuality factor into depression, but statistics
indicate that premarital sex doesnt lead to the happiness and acceptance many
Source: AllProDad.com (a
website dedicated to helping fathers connect with their kids), August 21, 2003
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