Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here… We are living in amazing times. If today were a typical day, 30,000 people came to Christ in China, 20,000 in Africa, and 10,000 in South America. If you take that “much fruit” of known conversions happening DAILY in the world and divide it by 24, we discover that about 3,000 people are coming to Christ HOURLY around the globe.
What was the apex of growth in the days of the early church, with 3,000 coming to Christ on the day of Pentecost, is not an HOURLY occurrence, not a DAILY occurrence. We live in “fruitful” times.
With the help of EFC’s “Church and Faith trends” study (2007) and some work done by Gary Carter, here is a fairly decent estimate.
How many come to Christ each day in Canada?
The Fellowship is a movement of 512 churches from coast to coast to coast. Our latest statistics, based on 429 churches, indicate that on any given Sunday approximately 80,700 people show up to a Fellowship church. However, since only a certain percentage of our people are present on any given Sunday due to sickness, vacation or apathy, likely the true number of Fellowship Baptist church-goers is closer to 135,000. Our statistics indicate that approximately 2,141 people came to Christ in our churches in one year. We can get our average either by:
· Total number of churches (512) divided by total number of conversions (2,141) equals 4.2 conversions per year in each Fellowship church
· Total number of Fellowship believers (135,000) divided by total number of conversions (2,141) equals 63. It takes 63 Fellowship Baptist believers to produce one new believer.
Hmmm…so if the Fellowship is typical of other Canadian evangelical denominations or movements, then somewhere between 100-120 people are coming to Christ on a daily basis in Canada. I pray that you’ll join me in asking the Lord of the Harvest for many, many more. Could we start praying for 1,000 a day? Imagine 1,000 Canadians coming to Christ each day—that’s 365,000 a year; 1.1 million in just three years; 10.1 million in ten years. In a country of 34 million…this would revolutionize our nation!
This Christmas, thousands of Canadians will hear the Gospel…the real reason for the season. Let’s pray that many will respond to their Saviour and make Jesus their Lord! Amen! Can I get a “witness” out there in cyber-space?!”
Have a blessed week,
P.S.- Have you heard about our FAIR Christmas project for 2013? CLICK HERE for more information on how you can help the people in the slums of Kolkata, India, this Christmas.
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)