Targeting the Roman Catholic is the name of the game for Protestant & Baptist Churches in New Jersey (with the 3rd largest Catholic Population in the USA / approx. 41%). The Midwest most closely resembles the religious makeup of the overall population. The South, by a wide margin, has the heaviest concentration of members of evangelical Protestant churches. The Northeast has the greatest concentration of Catholics, and the West has the largest proportion of unaffiliated people, including the largest proportion of atheists and agnostics. See attached Pew Research on Religion in America http://religions.pewforum.org/reports Also see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/u...f-protestant-americans-is-declining.html?_r=0 I have been told publicly by a Baptist Pastor, at a church meeting to vote on a Name Change to a Congregational Church, that the primary motivation for imitating a name change (in NJ at least) was that they were striving to get Roman Catholics to join the church & the name, Baptist & Congregational scared the average RC. Consequently when you go to many of these churches today, the names reflect .....Bible Church, Abundant Life Church, Community Church, Grace Church....anything but the traditional "Baptist" name that appears outmoded. Also they have rushed to provide multiple services ....even Saturday services in order to emulate RC ways. In my home community there are two churches that have really worked hard & long to attract RC's & with success. One is a United Methodist Church & the other is a RCC who is really gone all out to provide services to the ever growing Latin Communities. Everyone else is dying on the vine or dead. Ive mentioned it before, but in NW NJ I find the Baptist Church extinct & being replaced by the Charismatic movement. They, in particular, are very good at moving in on Baptist churches & displacing them with their Charismatic agenda. Now my primary question centers around, "How do you combat the creep of Easy Believe-ism & Charismatic Mysticism that is literally invading my community?" Is there a way for a lone wolf Baptist to evangelize a crumbled structure? Please understand that this is my home community.....I am fighting liberalism & sloth & broken spirited individuals on a daily basis....in both politics, community agendas & Beliefs. I have gone to multiple Baptist Groups & asked for help, only to be thwarted at every turn.....so do I join the UMC, the RCC, The Abundant Life Community Charismatic mess....all with the hidden agenda to change them from the inside? I am besides myself. At this juncture, I'm really becoming quite cynical & thinking the whole thing (both political & Church) is rigged, that this area is more like Sodom than Nineveh. As Stephen Graham said in "With Poor Immigrants to America"... "America is a country where the soul falls into a deep and happy sleep" The inescapable consequence of a deep & happy sleep is a spiritual & moral decline, which, eventually threatens the very existence of a nation. I see my community, the place that Ive lived for 56 years that was once the envy of the region, crumbling....meaning the moral foundation & its truly frightening (examples: heroin, prostitution, killings & hold ups). In Isaiah 5: 21, Evil is called good & good is called evil. Even more disturbing is the fact that we seem to be totally helpless in preventing the demise. My delama is what to do about it?