Everyone knows that most churches are in trouble today, with declining attendance, income, participation and community influence. But what to do?
Decisions made now are crucial to the future life of the church and require deep understanding of what's happening in culture and demographics, and knowing how successful churches are adjusting ministry for the new environment.
The purpose of Church Facts is to supply Twin Cities pastors and church leaders with strategic data for making better, bolder, faster decisions ... to help overcome fear of change ... to spot opportunities ... to help churches grow in turbulent times ahead.
Church Facts is not an organization in the usual sense. It is not incorporated, has no office, no employees, no bank account.
It is a ministry of Lundborg Foundation (Richard Lundborg, firstname.lastname@example.org). It maintains informal relationships with many Twin Cities church leaders who provide information.
It is non-denominational. It is not affiliated in any way with any church, school, business or other organization. It does not track visitors. It makes no endorsements. It does not accept gifts or advertising.
Started originally as Church Scouts in 2017, the new name and sharper focus of this site is Church Facts.
These URLs now connect to this site: church facts.com, churchfacts.org and churchfacts.net.
The most successful organizations are usually the ones with the best data. In the modern world, data drives decisions. Usually, the right decisions become obvious when there's good data.
The need for church leaders to have good data is particularly important today because of profound cultural and demographic changes chipping away at Christian faith and ministry.
By itself, no individual church has the time, money or expertise to do intensive community research and data gathering, or to monitor other churches.
This site helps by keeping leaders informed about the Twin Cities' rapidly changing spiritual landscape and how local churches are responding to new conditions.
Church Facts exists to promote church growth, and it serves churches of all denominations, types and sizes.
This website tilts somewhat towards Evangelicals because (1) Evangelicals are the largest block of churches and attenders in the Twin Cities, (2) Evangelicals tend to be most responsive to data, and (3) Evangelicals appear to be the majority of people using this site.
However, Church Facts gathers relevant facts wherever found and delivers them objectively to whomever interested without regard to theological positions.
The WHOLE CHURCH of the Twin Cities is comprised of more than 3,400 individual congregations.
It's impossible for anyone to know and visit all these individual churches and hold a composite pricture in mind.
The only way anyone can see the WHOLE CHURCH of the Twin Cities is through statistics and reports from observes
This site is where church leaders can see the WHOLE CHURCHand track movements of all its major components and influences.
Church Facts helps facilitate the concept that all believers here are part of the church of the Twin Cities and that we should know about each other and work together.
See Benefits section for more reasons for using Church Scouts for help in planning church growth.
The reason for starting Church Facts in 2017 was that most Twin Cities churches are under considerable stress: 86% are stalled or declining, only 14% are growing.
This is more than a dip. This is a long-term accelerating trend, a major paradigm shift, requiring better information and new thinking.
Loss of attendance is a leading indicator of other losses that follow: loss of commitment, loss of income, loss of participation and loss of community influence.
Losing disciples faster than making them is the exact opposite of Jesus' instructions to make disciples.
Church Facts provides vital information for major decisions needed to reverse the trend.
Church Facts gives local pastors and church leaders greater awareness and understanding of social changes occurring in the community and actions being taken by other churches.
In recent years, enormous progress has been made in data analysis and information technology. Now Church Facts captures these modern tools and makes them available to local churches.
Church Facts believes that we should give at least as much diligence to managing our churches as we give to managing our businesses.
The graph below is the most important graph on this site. In the Twin Cities, generation by generation, it shows how Christians are losing ground steadily to 'Nones' (no religious affiliation).
The clear message in this graph is the reason for Church Fact's existence and the motivation for everything reported on this site.
Church Facts is committed to helping reverse the trend by supplying pastors and church leaders with strategic data for making better, bolder, faster decisions.