Living Into God’s Future
How is Hokendauqua changing? The statistics will surprise you. For example, weekly per capita spending on transportation (cars, cycles, etc) and on health care within a two-mile radius of our church is higher than the Pennsylvania average, but our spending on entertainment is lower. Nearly a third of adults in Hokendauqua are not in the labor force. Half of young children in our town have both a mother and a father at home. More than fifty percent of adults in “Hokey” are on Facebook. Seventeen percent of adults reported that they don’t go to church because they have never been invited.
These figures come from MissionInSite, a company that charts government census and commercial survey reports. Lehigh Presbytery has gathered online statistical information from MissionInSite to help its local churches explore community needs for the future. We’ve recently received several hundred pages of data about “Hokey” free of charge. It’s in a folder in my office and may be perused by any member of our congregation. The Session will be using the data to conduct a self-assessment for our church, beginning August 21. Because the populations of virtually all eastern Pennsylvania towns are changing as much as ours, all local congregations in Lehigh Presbytery will be completing similar surveys by Thanksgiving.
In May, I attended a training session given by Dr. Jill Peters, a professor at Moravian College who teaches church and community building through the use of statistical information. (Many of her former students are church leaders in the Lehigh Valley.) With other members of the Committee on Ministry, and with a task force from the Session, I will help to facilitate our study. We will work in cooperation with the Catasauqua Presbyterian Church to forecast God’s future in our locale. If you’d like to take a look at these charts and forecast data, and if you would care to participate in this project, please see me or Clerk of Session John Hrizuk.
Have a wonderful summer!
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