Post-Christian America & the Urgency of Church Planting

A while back I recall seeing the Did You Know? Shift Happens video and wanted to create one for church planting and the state of the church in America. So here it is, just in time for us to celebrate July 4th Americans! (I've compiled statistics from a variety of sources such as Planting Missional Churches, Christianity Today, Barna, stuff from Tim Keller and other books. All-in-all I hope it is a powerful call to the church to support church planting. If you are interested in the statistics, they are all located at Church Planting Resources: The State of the Church in the U.S.) Enjoy.  Watch Church Planting in a Post-Christian U.S. >


UPDATE: I've had several requests, so a Quicktime file is available for download at Church Planting Resources .

  • Matt Singley

    July 4, 2007, 8:19 am

    Great vid! Thanks for putting that together, it was a good way to start my day. It is sobering to see those stats.

  • Sam DeSocio

    July 4, 2007, 9:54 am

    Thats a really great post, the info is so good, especially for guys who are struggling to convince people of the necessity of church planting.

  • K. Jamison

    July 4, 2007, 12:28 pm


    Excellent video.

    It is very sobering to hear that each year over half of all churches do not add one new member through conversion.

  • Rob Mitchell

    July 5, 2007, 6:27 am

    Great post, good work on production, powerful stuff.
    Will link and use
    Rob in Memphis
    Is the sound track David Newman from a film of 2006 perhaps?

  • Eug

    July 5, 2007, 11:26 am

    Where is the Braveheart face paint? I want to put some on and run towards the unchurched masses heralding “gospel FREEEEDDOOOMMM!” Inspiring call to war! Let’s get it on!
    This stuff woke me up a couple years ago, the numbers certainly match what I’ve seen in all my previous denominations.

  • Eug

    July 5, 2007, 11:27 am

    No seriously, can we find a missional excuse to wear blue face paint? SD Chargers game maybe?

  • steev inge

    July 6, 2007, 7:01 am

    can i get that video in quicktime or something to show to some of our people? I would love to use it in some of our presentations.

  • Ryan

    July 16, 2007, 7:45 am

    Good stuff. At the end it says that all these stats are available on the Church Planting Resources site but I couldn’t find them… can you send me a link to where they are on the site?

  • jmiklovic

    February 8, 2008, 12:24 pm

    Is anyone else having trouble with the quicktime video. It will not play on my computer as well as some others in our church, but it will play on others. I have the latest version of quicktime and itunes and neither will play the video properly.

    Any suggestions

  • Kristen Marble

    October 16, 2009, 4:19 pm

    Unfortunately the video download on the church planter’s resource website does not work. We are presenting to a sister church about our church plant and would really like to use this video. I do not believe they have internet access at the church, so a download would be the only way. I would VERY MUCH appreciate an updated link to the video download, if at all possible. Thank you so much!

  • Sheri O'Neal

    November 20, 2009, 2:11 pm

    We also would like to show Church Planting in a Post-Christian U.S. in an upcoming service, but had no luck with the video download. Please advise.