One way we are seeking to address this need of reaching our county is by birthing healthy congregations in our association. In order for this to happen, partners are needed. There are multiple needs in terms of partnerships, and we hope you will take some time to carefully consider how you might help support the work of church planting here in Orange County.
One of the ways partnerships are fleshed out at the OCSBA is through Church Planting. According to the 2010 US Census, Orange County’s population topped the 3,000,000 mark for the first time. However, at last count there were just over 800 main line Protestant and Evangelical churches in OC. This means if we are to reach our county for Christ, each local congregation must reach approximately 3,750 people! We are way behind in our efforts.Beside the sheer number of people in our county and the disparity of churches, we also face the need for reaching a county which is truly multi-ethnic. Orange County’s demographic diversity is astounding. Our county is ever shifting with 44% Anglo; 34% Hispanic; and 19% Asian; not to mention the vast number of other cultural groups. One report showed that in Orange County approximately 43% of our families speak a language other than English at home.