The Census Bureau is estimating that the US population is arriving at the 300,000,000 mark. They calculate this using the birth rate, death rate, and immigration and emigration rates. Our growth is rapid now, and tends to increase on a geometric scale, not an arithmetic one. So when a denomination declines or holds its own or even grows by a modest percentage, is it not still falling behind the need and the opportunity? The more I see of the growth in the population, the decline in our churches, and the lack of passion for outreach in any but the more conservative churches, too many of which, in my opinion, offer a shallow gospel, the more concerned I become about the future. Not just the future of institutional churches as we have known them, but, more importantly, about the spiritual future of millions of people. I pray for a recovery and revival of genuine missionary strategy and of informed (key word!) evangelical passion. I say this, by the way, on a day when I will be meeting with a denominational missions leader and a former parishioner of mine, who is a medical anthropologist and pastor from the Congo, holding both theological and Ph.D. degrees from the U of London in England, to see if we can get him started on planting a church for French-speaking Africans here in the DC area. We must do a better job of reaching the vast immigrant populations.