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Lafayette is below average for church attendance

I grabbed this statistical information from this website, but I wanted to post to my blog here something that my wife and I have known for about a year now. Lafayette is below the national average for churchgoers.


Top 15 Reporting Religious Bodies
Lafayette, IN
Church, Christian, or Religious Body Adherents (and rank) Congregations
in 2000 in 1990 in 2000 in 1990
Catholic Church, The 21,009 (1)   12,146 (1)   7 6
United Methodist Church, The 8,517 (2)   10,497 (2)   32 35
Presbyterian Church (USA) 5,361 (3)   6,034 (3)   13 14
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 3,988 (4)   1,880 (9)   14 7
Southern Baptist Convention 2,765 (5)   2,377 (8)   13 12
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 2,720 (6)   2,450 (7)   4 4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada 2,137 (7)   3,071 (6)   3 3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches 2,117 (8)   NA     4 NA
Independent, Charismatic Churches 2,000 (9)   0 ()   1 0
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,961 (10)   3,140 (5)   6 8
Assemblies of God 1,953 (11)   3,489 (4)   7 5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1,428 (12)   1,820 (10)   5 5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The 1,380 (13)   1,109 (13)   4 4
United Church of Christ 1,181 (14)   1,214 (12)   4 4
Wesleyan Church, The 1,172 (15)   1,441 (11)   7 9

Metropolitan Population, 2000 Census:   182,821
Percent of Population Claimed by
Reporting Groups:
  37.4%

National Average: 50.2% claimed

Reporting Groups (149 possible): 44 (43 of 133 in 1990)
Total Reported Adherents: 68,304 (58,013 in 1990)
Total Reported Congregations: 173 (163 in 1990)

The metro area included 2 counties (or equivalent) at the time of the 2000 census:
  Clinton County, IN; Tippecanoe County, IN
The newly published book Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000 includes a CD that allows users to determine such lists for any selected group of counties.
Source: Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000
Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990
Both studies, copyrighted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, are published by the Glenmary Research Center, Nashville, Tenn. More information is available at www.glenmary.org/grc.
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Church Planting Leadership

Free Demographics

I just came across a wonderful set of resources for free demographic information. One of the coolest sites I’ve seen in a while is run by USAToday:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/bythenumbers/front.htm

But, for many resources all packed together, check out this site.

http://www.efca.org/planting/demographics/index.html

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Childlike

Greasy Farklehead

The following in an excerpt from a children’s book, Captain
Underpants. And the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

by Dave Pilkey. The evil Professor forces everyone to assume
new names…

Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first
name:

a = snickle
b = doombah
c = goober
d =  cheesey
e = crusty
f = greasy
g = dumbo
h = farcus
i = dorky
j = doofus
k = funky
l = boobie
m = sleezy
n = sloopy
o  = fluffy
p = stinky
q = slimy
r = dorfus
s = snooty
t =  tootsie
u = dipsy
v = sneezy
w = liver
x = skippy
y = dinky
z = zippy

Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half
of your new last name:

a = dippin
b = feather
c =  giggle
d = burger
e = chicken
f = barffy
g = lizard
h =  waffle
i = farkle
j = monkey
k = flippin
l = fricken
m =  bubble
n = rhino
o = potty
p = hamster
q = buckle
r =  gizzard
s = lickin
t = snickle
u = chuckle
v = pickle
w =  hubble
x = dingle
y = gorilla
z = girdle

Use the third letter of your last name to determine the second half
of your new last name:

a =  butt
b = boob
c = face
d = nose
e = hump
f = breath
g =  pants
h = shorts
i = lips
j = honker
k = head
l = tush
m  = chunks
n = dunkin
o = brains
p = biscuits
q = toes
r =  doodle
s = fanny
t = sniffer
u = sprinkles
v = frack
w =  squirt
x = humperdinck
y = hiney
z = juice

Thus, for example, George W. Bush’s new name is Fluffy
Chucklefanny. Now when you comment on this, be sure to include your new name!

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