It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.... Acts 15:19
If the core vision of SCRC is to share the Peace of Christ with our community, we need to understand who our community is. In 2013, the church commissioned a ministry area study that gives tremendous insight into who our 'market' is so that we can format programs in such a way that we emulate the concern of the early church we've been reading about lately in Acts.
FirstView Report (People & Place / Community Issues / Faces of Diversity / Faith Preferences)
Page 2, D6: This area has an extremely low level of education
Page 3, F4: The community wants a church who will help them develop Spiritually (as opposed to a church that only meets 'felt needs' or provides recreation)
Page 6, F5: This area is way above US averages in households with NO religious preference as well as households preferring 'non historically Christian' groups (= mormons).
This area has 459% more Mormons than the US average.
Roman Catholics and Mormons make up 25% of the church going households.
This area scores above average in these categories of issues households are likely to be primarily concerned with (percentage = comparison to US average):
Day to day financial worries: 112%
Finding affordable housing: 129%
Providing adequate food: 120%
Drug/alcohol abuse: 113%
Teen problems: 124%
Abusive relationships: 130%
Dealing with gangs: 192%
Social injustice: 113%
Struggling to achieve educational objectives: 110%
Dealing with stress: 77% (13 points below US average)
Desire to find a good church: 113%
Desire to find Spiritual teaching: 123%
Other interesting data about the US in general: