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NORTH AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS
POPULATION
PER SBC CONGEGATION (2010)
One of the best ways to gauge spiritual need in North America is to look at the ratio of congregations to population in a particular area. Missiologists tell us it is best to have at least one congregation for every 1,000 people in an area. One to 500 would be even better.


The North American Mission Board has identified states and provinces in the United States and Canada with the greatest to least amount of need based on the SBC congregation-to-population ratios.


Red states—those with the highest need—are any with ratios higher than 1-to-20,000. That includes all of Canada, virtually all of the Northeast and some states in the Midwest and West.


Yellow states are those with between 10,000 and 20,000 people per SBC congregation.


Green states have better than a 1-to-10,000 ratio between people and churches.


See pages 12-13 for a breakdown by state convention.


10 Summer 2012 • onmission.com

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