Fast Facts About American Churches

Kara Powell | Feb 7, 2011

I like data, and I like data about churches. Just this last week, Brad Griffin pointed me to this “Fast Facts About American Churches” webpage from the Hartford Institute for Religious Research. You might want to click around some on your own, but some of what interested me is:

-There are about 300,000 Christian churches in the U.S.

-There are about 217 denominations in the U.S.

-There are 251 seminaries in the U.S.

-The average pastor works 50.8 hours/week.

What stats on this web page are most interesting to you?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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