A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel indicated that participation in Southern Baptist Churches in the Orlando metropolitan area is in decline while the Muslim population continues to grow. According to the article, Southern Baptist churches in the area declined by 20,467 members from 2000 to 2010 while Muslims grew (mostly due to migration) by 25,000. The information in the article came from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study 2010, which was released on May 1, 2012.
The information contained in the study should serve as a wake up call for Southern Baptists in Central Florida to become more intentional about church planting and church revitalization. The Greater Orlando area has a permanent population of 2.1 million people with an additional 51 million tourists visiting annually. The area is expected to see new growth due to the construction of new hospitals and research facilities connected to the new UC F Medical school. The area in Southeast Orlando is being dubbed as Medical City.
Posted on Wed, May 2, 2012
by Mark Weible filed under