According to The Association of Religion Data Archives, there are approximately one-hundred congregations within Logan County, West Virginia. The ten religious bodies with the most adherents are:

  • Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)/Pentecostal – 1,964 adherents
  • National Conference of Freewill Baptists – 1,727 adherents
  • United Methodist Church – 766 adherents
  • Non – Denominational – 592 adherents
  • Church of Christ – 416 adherents
  • Roman Catholic Church – 400 adherents
  • Church of the Nazarene – 397 adherents
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – 333 adherents
  • Disciples of Christ – 284 adherents
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses/Watchtower – 200 adherents.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,743 people, 14,907 households, and 10,512 families residing in the county. Out of 36,743 people, 28,374 people claimed no religious affiliation. The racial makeup of the county was 96.5% white, 2.1% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.6% were Irish, 13.3% were German, 7.8% were English, and 6.9% were American. The median income for a household in the county was $35,465 and the median income for a family was $43,475. Males had a median income of $39,462 versus $26,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,614. About 17.6% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. 

These demographics tell me something very important. They tell me that churches in Logan County, West Virginia have largely been ineffective at reaching the majority of people within our county, and that Logan County is in desperate need of church planting. When you look at these statistics, you realize that most of the people within our country are not attending church, and the ones that are attending are for the most part attending churches that are preaching some sort of distorted gospel whether it be prosperity or works righteousness, have succumbed to Liberalism, or they’re simply attending a cult that is gospel-less. When you look at these statistics, you begin to see how desperate Logan County, West Virginia truly is for the Gospel. We need churches that are faithfully raising up new leaders that are reaching new people within the county in new ways, and we need churches that faithfully proclaim the gospel, and most of all, we need this type of movement to multiply throughout the county. 

 

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