There is only one church over 1,000 in worship attendance (McMinnville in Oregon Pacific). There are six potential mission centers that run over 500. It could mean more weight and responsibility to equip, send, serve, and support the mission on the megaregion and beyond will be carried by the 27 congregations over 250.
Someone somewhere is going to need to rise up to the challenge.
Right now, the six largest congregations account for one of every four members as well as one of every four attenders in the Cascadia Megaregion.
Only 86 churches run over 75, these are the beginnings of an Oikos network, and 42% are under 45 offer outposts of ministry and presence throughout the megaregion.
The efforts on this megaregion are going to be uphill. There are 3.5 million more people expected in this area by 2050. Just to keep up with the population and its projected growth, using the metric of 1 church for 10,000 people, there will need to 1,190 churches. Right now, the Churches of the Nazarene report attendance in 188 local congregations.
We will need 1,000 more local churches in thirty years.
Welcome to our future.
The road will be long and winding . . .
if there even will be roads.