62% of large Canadian churches are multiethnic

This press release from Leadership Network, “Church for a New Generation? Large Canadian Churches Are Growing, Reaching Young Families, Drawing 1 of Every 8 Protestant Churchgoers” highlighted this finding:

These congregations are also racially diverse. In terms of ethnicity, if multiethnic is defined as a church with no more than 80% of one race, then 62% of large Canadian churches are multiethnic.

This comes from its research of large Canadian churches, as the press release introduced:

On any given weekend, an estimated 300,000 people across Canada participate in the kind of church that draws 1,000 or more in weekly attendance. That’s about 1 of 8 people who went to a Protestant church. Even in cities where sizable portions of the population check “no religion” on their household surveys, these predominantly evangelical congregations are growing, reaching out, and focused on serving children and youth.

These breakthrough discoveries come from a first-ever effort to conduct a national study of the country’s largest-attendance churches, an initiative sponsored by a large coalition of Canadian scholars and evangelical ministries, along with the U.S.-based Leadership Network, which does similar research in its country.

The 12-page, illustrated executive summary is available to download free at leadnet.org/canada courtesy of two sponsors, D.L. Deeks Insurance Services, Inc. (deeksinsurance.ca) and Pushpay (pushpay.com).

The 2015 Large Canadian Church Report has this to say about multiethnic diversity of

In terms of ethnicity, if multiethnic is defined as a church with no more than 80% of one race, then 62% of large Canadian churches are multiethnic. This level is considerably higher than among large churches in the United States. According to one study there, the larger the church, the more likely to be multiethnic, with 31% of megachurches being multiethnic. Megachurches also show “a considerable mix of economic groups spanning a range of household incomes from just above poverty … to upper class.”

Go to leadnet.org/canada to download the 2015 Large Canadian Church Report and also watch the video of the virtual press conference, Big News about Canada’s Biggest Churches​, with lead researcher Warren Bird, Ph.D. of Leadership Network and co-researcher Joel Thiessen, Ph.D., of Ambrose University, and author of The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age​.

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