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Lost in Louisiana’s Metros
Louisiana has nine Metropolitan Statistical areas, which includes all of our major cities and 34 of our 64 parishes. 82% of the population of Louisiana lives in one of these Metro areas. These are not all urban areas. Extremely rural parishes including Union and Grant are included in these areas.
So how are we doing at reaching Louisiana’s Metros?
Combined – Link with Metro by Metro Breakdown
- 3,655,086, live in Louisiana’s Metros
- 76.5% are potentially spiritually lost
- 26.2% or 957,829 are evangelicals
- 3.1% or 111,486 attend a SBC Church
- There are 956 SBC churches in our Metros, which means there is 1 church for 3,823 residents.
Data on each Metro area individually:
- New Orleans – Worksheet– By Parish with SBC Data
- Baton Rouge – Worksheet– By Parish with SBC Data
- Lafayette – Worksheet– By Parish with SBC Data
- Shreveport-Bossier – Worksheet – By Parish with SBC Data
- Lake Charles – Worksheet – By Parish with SBC Data
- Houma-Thib – Worksheet – By Parish with SBC Data
- Monroe – Worksheet – By Parish with SBC Data
- Alexandria – Worksheet – By Parish with SBC Data
- Tangipahoa – Worksheet
|New Orleans – includes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, St. James||1,167,866|
|Baton Rouge – includes Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana||802,484|
|Lafayette – includes Lafayette, St. Martin, Acadia, Iberia, Vermilion||426,897|
|Shreveport-Bossier – includes Bossier, Caddo, De Soto||398,594|
|Houma-Thib – includes Lafourche, Terrebonne||208,178|
|Lake Charles – includes Calcasieu, Cameron||199,607|
|Monroe – includes Ouachita, Union||176,441|
|Alexandria – includes Grant, Rapides||153,922|
By Potential Lostness:
By Evangelical Population:
By SBC Attendance and Churches:
|Metro||SBC Attenders||% SBC||SBC Churches||Church to Population|
|Houma-Thib||2,477||1.2%||29||1 / 7,179|
|Lafayette||6,653||1.6%||60||1 / 7,115|
|New Orleans||24,473||2.1%||191||1 / 6,114|
|Baton Rouge||22,194||2.8%||192||1 / 4,709|
|Tangipahoa||4,450||3.7%||60||1 / 2,018|
|Lake Charles||8,221||4.1%||64||1 / 3,119|
|Shreveport-Bossier||17,764||4.5%||146||1 / 2,730|
|Monroe||13,438||7.6%||99||1 / 1,782|
|Alexandria||11,816||7.7%||115||1 / 1,338|
Lost in Louisiana
Jesus said he came “to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10
The Baptist Faith and Message says that it “is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ… to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ.”
Being spiritually lost is described in the Bible as being alienatedfrom God, guided by the flesh, perishing, under wrath, and many more terrifying descriptions for the present and eternal life of an individual. Followers of Christ must be committed to follow His example and command to seek and save the lost.
One of the assumptions that kills the mission to the lost is that we think most people are already saved or have a church they attend. Below is a compilation of Parish by Parish data that shows how many are potentially lost, how many evangelicals there are, and how many attend southern baptist churches across Louisiana.
The tool used calculates Spiritual Lostness by:
- # of non religious adherents + cults
- # of Christian adherents (all denominations including Roman Catholics) minus 60% of total (using Barna’s figure that 60% of people that claim to be Christian, do not profess to believe in Christ as a means of salvation)
- Add 60% to non-adherents + cults = number of lost individuals
- Also shown is how many may be reached by a non-traditional or new church. 50% of the lost say they would attend church if invited. So, 50% would not. These are the radically unreached.
Yes. You can probably poke holes in the data, or you can say, “What if this is true?” – “What will it take to reach that many people in my community?” “Is my church able to reach the lost as it is?” “What am I doing to change these numbers?” If you could start a movement to reach thousands of lost in your community or region or the state, what would it to look like?
- SBC Attendance numbers are from 2018 Annual Church Profile Data.
- Population figures are from the 2010 Census. We’ll be looking forward to updating this with new 2020 Data in the very near future.
- Data on Adherents is mostly from The Association of Religious Data Archives – thearda.com.
Lostness Across Louisiana
- Parish by Parish LINK (includes populaton, evangelical population, SBC attendance, church to population ratio)
- Louisiana Worksheet LINK
- Estimate shows that 76% of Louisiana may be spiritually lost. That is over 3.4 million!
- 28% of Louisiana’s population are evangelicals.
- 26% are Roman Catholic.
- 41% are none’s or non-affiliated.
- Only 3.5% of Louisianians attend an SBC church. Less than 8% of the population are resident members of an SBC church.
If you add all these numbers to the fact that baptisms, worship attendance, and Bible Study attendance are all down and at historic lows for Southern Baptist in Louisiana, it points to our need of a movement of God to turn the tide of lostness in our state. Revitalization? Yes! Crusade Evangelism? Yes! Sunday School Growth? Yes! Church Planting? Yes! We need all hands and all ideas on deck!
How goes it in your Parish?
Here are Parish by Parish Worksheets on Lostness throughout Louisiana –
- Acadia Parish
- Allen Parish
- Ascension Parish
- Assumption Parish
- Avoyelles Parish
- Beauregard Parish
- Bienville Parish
- Bossier Parish
- Caddo Parish
- Calcasieu Parish
- Caldwell Parish
- Cameron Parish
- Catahoula Parish
- Claiborne Parish
- Concordia Parish
- De Soto Parish
- East Baton Rouge Parish
- East Carroll Parish
- East Feliciana Parish
- Evangeline Parish
- Franklin Parish
- Grant Parish
- Iberia Parish
- Iberville Parish
- Jackson Parish
- Jefferson Davis Parish
- Jefferson Parish
- Lafayette Parish
- Lafourche Parish
- LaSalle Parish
- Lincoln Parish
- Livingston Parish
- Madison Parish
- Morehouse Parish
- Natchitoches Parish
- Orleans Parish
- Ouachita Parish
- Plaquemines Parish
- Pointe Coupee Parish
- Rapides Parish
- Red River Parish
- Richland Parish
- Sabine Parish
- St. Bernard Parish
- St. Charles Parish
- St. Helena Parish
- St. James Parish
- St. John the Baptist Parish
- St. Landry Parish
- St. Martin Parish
- St. Mary Parish
- St. Tammany Parish
- Tangipahoa Parish
- Tensas Parish
- Terrebonne Parish
- Union Parish
- Vermilion Parish
- Vernon Parish
- Washington Parish
- Webster Parish
- West Baton Rouge Parish
- West Carroll Parish
- West Feliciana Parish
- Winn Parish
74% of Louisiana’s Population is Urban?
Gearing up for a little research project on Louisiana’s ten largest cities. I’ve heard the stat, 80% of people now live in cities or urban areas in the U.S., so I wanted to see where Louisiana fit into that. I was thinking New Orleans, Baton Rouge, maybe Shreveport would be our urban areas. Well, according to the Census Bureau, part of that 80% would also include residents of Bogalusa, Livonia, & Sunset. The Census Bureau now defines urban in two ways:
- UA – Urbanized Areas which has 50,000 or more people.
- UC – Urban Clusters which are areas with 2,500 – 50,000 people. That’s right! 2,500 people!
I actually found the document that list all of these from Louisiana (download it here). The list includes Winnfield & Jena (where I grew up wearing camo to school!), Oakdale, Springhill, & a lot of other small towns most would consider rural! It’s actually harder to notice a Louisiana town NOT listed than it is otherwise.
Louisiana has 11 Urbanized Areas with 50,000+ – Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Mandeville/Covington, Monroe/West Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport, Slidell – & 64 Urban Clusters with 2,500-50,000 residents. 3.3 million of Louisiana’s 4.5 million in population live in one of these 75 areas.
The United States has 486 Urbanized areas with about 309 million residents or 71% of the population & 3,087 Urban Clusters with about 29 million residents or 9.5% of the population. So, 71% of the population live in areas with 50,000 or more residents. 80% of the population lives in areas with 2,500 or more residents.
Now, the point of expanding population density in the U.S. is still well noted. The population in Urbanized Areas grew by 2.9% in the last census cycle & Urban Cluster population declined by 1.2%. However, when you hear a report on America’s expanding urban population & how many people are moving to the cities, read deeply & see if they’re using these Census Bureau definitions. If so, just remember that for the Census Bureau, counting people moving into the cities, may mean they’re moving to Bunkie Louisiana, population 4,092.
Data on SBC Impact on Louisiana’s largest cities still forthcoming.