I’m going to go on a bit of a territorial stretch here:
A lot of these blogs are in the Bible-belt. As a guy just trying to make it in the Northwest (Idaho) I compare blogs written, mostly, in communities in or near the bible-belt the same way I do churches there: it’s different. Not better. Not worse. Different.
This may be some new knowledge for my BB brethren, but here in the Pacific NW, people don’t just go to church- nor do they just believe in God. This isn’t Dallas. This isn’t Oklahoma City. This isn’t Nashville. This isn’t Atlanta. This isn’t Jacksonville. This isn’t New Orleans. Et cetera.
Here, a lot of people not only don’t believe in God- they really don’t believe in anything. Period.
I’m not complaining, and I’m certainly not bragging. Just putting some perspective out for all of us.
My point is that it’s a bigger party when you’re with your people. Now I’m not throwing all of the Bible-belt into the evangelical-go-to-the-next-Billy-Graham-crusade basket, but I am saying that church in the Bible-belt is vastly different than church in the Pacific NW (just like church in New York is way different than church in Kampala, Uganda, Africa- but possibly without so extreme a difference).
I am NOT saying that ministries in these areas have only been successful because they’re there. The successful ministries (LifeChurch.tv, The Village Church, North Point Ministries, et cetera) have been successful because they are excellent at what they do. So is Mars Hill in Seattle- a Pacific NW church (not the Bible belt).
Back to the blogs: Content is King- yes. But I would be curious to see how many of these blogs have become successful because of (their) circle. How many people go to their church and know about their blog and consequently read it? There are so many variables that effect this, I know.
Are these blogs rated on online engagement or just cool factor? Yeah- what are the metrics Kent!?
OK- I’m done. Sorry about the post within a post.
Check out these numbers:
- US National church attendance average: 42%
- In the Northwest (WA, OR, ID), that number drops to 35%
- In the Bible Belt that same number jumps to 52%
Overall it may sound like I’m whining about being “up in Idaho.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m afforded the unique opportunity to observe from afar, but still be involved with what God is doing around world.
In fact, it’s been my purposeful reaching out to those geographically closest to me that has brought me more, and deeper for that matter, relationships than I ever thought possible.
Every day I’m reminded of the fact that it is our diversity that makes us more. Yes- we are all the Church (notice the big “C” over there), but it is our churches (little “c” this time) comprised of individuals that make us Christ’s Bride.
Does geography make a difference?
Do you think there is a difference in being the Church when geography is concerned? What are some of the characteristics that make your area unique?