Five AG Stats You Need to Know
Giving thanks for 27 years of growth
The Assemblies of God (USA) experienced its 27th consecutive year of growth in 2016, with 3.24 million adherents and 2 million in major worship service attendance. In 2016, the AG saw an all-time high of new church plants and water baptisms and a 16 percent increase in Spirit baptisms. A new AG church is planted in the U.S. every 21 hours.
Whereas the U.S. population is 39 percent racial or ethnic minority, the AG is 42 percent. In 2016, the African-American percentage of the Fellowship topped 10 percent for the first time.
Some 54 percent of the Fellowship is under 35 years of age, and over the last decade, its millennial population has grown by 11 percent.
The World Assemblies of God Fellowship encompasses 68.5 million adherents in 367,287 churches served by 392,018 ministers and meeting in 256 countries, territories or provinces.
Every 37 seconds, a person comes to Christ through an AG church or ministry somewhere in the world. Every 95 minutes, a new AG church is planted somewhere in the world.
These statistics are a reason to thank God. However, in the words of former AG World Missions Executive Director Loren Triplett, “We dare not measure our success against anything but the unfinished task.”
And so, let us recommit ourselves to do, in the words of the 2nd AG General Council, “the greatest evangelism that the world has ever seen.”
This article originally appeared in the August/September 2017 edition of Influence magazine.