Created by on 6/27/2016 8:47:27 PM
Langley, British Columbia is a flourishing city. The municipality of Langley has experienced an 11.2% growth rate since 2006 and the city has grown 6.2% since then.[i] [ii] If we look at both of these areas combined, we see a prosperous area full of city life and country life. Brimming with a diversity of people, it is an area of change and development. But, how is the church faring in the midst of all of this transition?
According to our records, there are currently 96 active Christian churches in the Langley area. In 2011, we contacted these churches asking for their average worship service attendance and received stats from 43 of the churches in all of Langley (44.79%). The total worship service attendance for these churches was 9,277 people, or 210.84 people per church. If we assume that this average is representative of all of the churches in Langley, we can calculate that there were a total of 20,240 people attending church in 2011, or 15.65% of the population of Langley.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 52.04% of the population of Langley identifies themselves as being Christian. The majority of the population that identify themselves as Christian affiliate with a non-mainstream Protestant tradition (37%). On the other hand, 42.26% of the population identify themselves as having no religious tradition. Furthermore, 4.41% of the population of Langley identify themselves as being affiliated with a religion other than Christianity. It is interesting to note that there is a higher percentage of the Christian population that is female, while there is a higher percentage of the population with no religious affiliation that is male. Of those reporting no religious affiliation, 52.69% of them are male, compared to 47.29% that are female. Likewise, of those identifying with Christianity, 53.89% are female, compared to 46.1% that are male.
While the majority of the population of Langley affiliate themselves with Christianity, a closer look at the statistics reveals that the majority of this portion of the population is female. There is a 7.79% difference between the females who identify with Christianity and the males who identify with Christianity. Similarly, there is a 5.4% difference between the male population reporting no religious identity and the female population reporting no religious identity. Even though Christianity comprises 52.04% of the population of Langley, when one takes a closer look, one finds some disheartening statistics.
[i][i] Included within the District Municipality of Langley are Fort Langley and Aldergrove.
[ii] Note that population data from the 2011 Census and the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) is used for Religious Affiliation comparisons.