Lake Charles is projected to be one of the fastest growing communities in Louisiana for years to come. Oil & gas & chemical manufacturing are booming & have only slowed down slightly with drops in oil prices. Carey Baptist Association & Director of Missions Bruce Baker serve this area, representing Calcasieu, Cameron, & Jefferson Davis Parishes. Planters & partners are needed to reach a growing population & a key area for our state for years to come. Check out some data on this area:
- Population of Carey Association: 237,044 (up 2.5% since 2010).
- Worship Attendance in SBC churches: 8,433 (down 5.3% since 2010) Only 3.6% of the population worshipped in a SBC church on any given weekend in 2015.
- Bible Study Attendance: 5,034 (down 20% since 2010). Only 2.1% of the population attended Bible Study in an SBC church on any given weekend in 2015.
- 58 SBC churches for a church to population ration of 1 to 4,087 residents. Our state average & our goal for each association is 1 to 2,850. NAMB suggests 1 to 2,000 is a good mark. 25 new churches would be needed to get to 1 to 2,850 in the Lake Charles area.
- Evangelical Population: 68,425 or 29% of the population.
- Those with No Religious Affiliation or None’s: 64,563 or 27% of the population.
- Roman Catholic Population: 83,950 or 35% of the population.
- 7,431 students attend McNeese St. University annually.
- Projected Job Growth is 2.6% annually. And projected population growth of at least 22,000 between now & 2019.
- NOTE: In most of our nine metro areas, population is up & worship attendance is down. At best, it seems our churches are not growing as fast as the population. At worst, we’re going the opposite direction.
Current Louisiana Baptists Planters along I-20:
David Garza – Iglesia Bautista Trinidad de Lake Charles
Felix Harris – Seeds of Faith Baptist Church – Lake Charles
Blake Forman – Sulphur Community Church – Sulphur
Brian Manuel – Carlyss Community Church – Sulphur
Jose Us – Iglesia Hispana de Sulphur