North Carolina's Missional Landscape

IMG_4747.JPGAlthough the Church of England was the established church of North Carolina during colonial days, it never dominated the state.  During the 18th century Scottish & Scots-Irish Presbyterians, Lutherans, Moravians, Methodists and Baptists settled in various areas of the state.  By the post-civil war era, a protestant consensus emerged that continued as the blacks left the white congregations to start their own churches.  By the late 20th century the religious spectrum had increased to include Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other world religions.  In addition, many had turned to various forms of alternative spirituality.

While many in the state may be “religious,” however, this does not tell the whole story.  In particular notice the following:  

  • 14.59% of North Carolina households attend an evangelical church at least once a month 
  • 68% of North Carolina’s households do not have even one person who professes to be an evangelical Believer 
  • 40% of North Carolina’s households would classify themselves as non-evangelical and not even interested in religious or spiritual matters 

These factors are accentuated when you also consider the following social and religious indicators for North Carolina households:

  • 53% of North Carolina households have an evangelical heritage (some kind of family experience or connection to an evangelical church) 
  • 20% of North Carolina households have a mainline protestant heritage 
  • 16% of North Carolina households have some other world religion heritage 

Yes, North Carolinians are very familiar with religion, however most do not have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  They may know a lot about it yet they knowingly choose not to be a follower of Jesus.  More than 85% of North Carolinians choose not to attend an evangelical church at least one Sunday per month.

What can we do about this?  Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

  1. Commit to frequent individual and group prayer for God to awaken your concern for unreached people in North Carolina. 
  2. Commit to frequent individual and group prayer for the types of communities listed on this site to help you begin to understand the faces and needs of North Carolina’s unreached people. 
  3. Identify a small group of other Christ Followers who are also praying and seeking God’s direction and meet with them periodically to pray for specific groups you feel led to and for God’s direction for how He wants you to respond to these people. 
  4. Using the missions information provided by this site examine the types of groups in your community (county, zip code or town) and other communities that God may be calling you to reach. 
  5. Compare the groups in your community to the people in your church.  Determine how much effort it might require to get to know them and have them trust you. 
  6. Commit to pray and ask God to reveal which group or groups He wants you to reach. 
  7. Develop plans to understand more about the group God leads you to and begin considering ways to regularly be around them in your community and preferably to help them deal with problems and challenges they are experiencing. 
  8. Pray and ask God for continued direction for ways to meet their needs and share your personal experience with Jesus. 
  9. When people place their faith in Jesus for their salvation, find ways to engage them in effective discipleship processes, including regular Bible reading and application, serving others and telling others about Jesus. 
  10. Seek God’s direction to add more and more people to this evangelism and discipleship strategy, challenging some to pursue reaching other groups in your community using this process. 

This site is provided to give anyone a place to start this journey that Jesus commissioned all of His followers to do when He said in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

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Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

New American Standard Bible (NASB)