11 large churches in Utah
I’ve been traveling the US this Summer, and was reminded of the state of the church in the rest of America. It made me reflect on serving in Utah, and gave me a lot of hope and drive to pray for God to do something greater in our day! Going back to my hometown of Fergus Falls, MN (population 13,000), there are at least 40 different churches, add the rural churches within 20 miles and you are at about 60 churches for a population of 20,000. That’s one church for every 333 people. Talk about saturation! In the rust belt, MI and OH, I saw several church buildings for sale. A sad sign of declining population, a bad economy and declining attendance in those churches. In the south there is either a big Church or a little church on every corner. So many they have to get really creative with their names. I had the pleasure of meeting with an executive pastor in Atlanta of a church of 14,000, and with an executive pastor in Austin of 8,000. Crazy numbers compared to Utah.
But as many of you know size doesn’t matter. But calling does. I also met with two pastors while I was in Southern Utah. Both of these guys are in towns where there is no Christian Church. One lives on the UT-AZ border living amongst 99.9% FLDS folks, one lives on the ID-UT border, living amongst 99% LDS folks. Both of these pastors are experiencing men and women putting their faith in Christ. My heroes.
Last year I read an interesting article that I wanted to share with you. It puts the numbers into perspective, in comparison to the rest of America. Let’s remember there are 2.5 Million Utahans in desperate need of God’s grace and truth.
See you at the Church Planting Summit, October 3, 2013,
— Dave Elshaug, Loving Utah
Original Article Published: Friday, March 23 2012 3:26 p.m. MDT By Rachel Brutsch, Deseret News
For complete article: http://www.deseretnews.com/top/522/0/11-large-churches-in-Utah.html
“After reporting on the opening of a new state-of-the-art church facility for South Mountain Community Church last weekend, we started wondering about other large churches and congregations in Utah — and not just the obvious one. After scouring through websites and talking to a few religious leaders, we came up with this list of 11 large Utah congregations. Of course, this list is by no means conclusive. If there are other large churches and congregations that you think should be on this list, let us know. There’s always room for another list!”