The Downtown Campus of the Church at Lake Guntersville is excited about the future and is looking forward to outgrowing our current home at Baker’s on Main. With much prayer and careful thought, we are looking to the next step in our journey of being God’s instrument in this broken world in which we live. As we’ve prayed and pondered we look outward to a new residence in the Albertville area. On a few occasions I’ve been asked the question, “Why Albertville and Why Not ___________?” On those few occasions I’ve had my reasons and beliefs about what God is doing, but now more than ever we look to Albertville. Afford me the time to share our reasons for “Albertville”.
The first reason for Albertville is the existing population of the Church at Lake Guntersville. We did some minor research on all the people that have walked through the doors of the Church at Lake Guntersville and have taken the time to give us their address. In our system, we have record of approximately 1602 people of which 926 live in a Guntersville zip code, but 354 live in an Albertville/Boaz zip code. These stats tell us that CALG has influence and a place with the people of Albertville.
The second reason is gathered from the 2000 and 2010 census data. The 2010 census revealed that Albertville had a population of 21,160 people, which makes it the largest concentration of people in Marshall County. The 2010 census also revealed that the population of Albertville has grown at a rate of 24.8% since the 2000 census. For prospective, the population of Guntersville has grown at a rate of 12.8% and the state of Alabama is growing at a rate of 7.5%. So we gather that Albertville is growing twice as fast as Guntersville and three times as fast as Alabama. Much of the growth that Albertville is experiencing is typical with the growth being seen across the rest of the U.S. The growth is occurring in a non-traditional racial demographic. The Latino population of Albertville is growing rapidly. The 2000 census revealed that 15.85% of Albertville’s population was Latino; by 2010 that population was 27.9% of Albertville. This is the trend for the United States; in 2012 the U.S. Latino population was 36.6 % of the population, with 50.4% of all births being Latino births. Upon researching the current population, the growth in population, and the racial makeup of Albertville, we have learned that Albertville is the future of America.
The third and most insightful reason is found in the religious demographic of Albertville. According to census data regarding those in Albertville who claim a religious affiliation, 70% are Southern Baptist affiliated; this is good. Many of the 21,160 people in Albertville have Baptist ties, thus they may be like a large portion of our fellowship here in Guntersville. We are fond of saying, “We are a church for the unchurched and dechurched”. It is possible that Albertville is ripe with biblically literate people who have become dechurched. The more insightful information is that only 65% of Albertville’s population claim to have any religious affiliation. This reveals that at least 7,406 people living in Albertville, Alabama are in need of a church that lives and dies on the good news of Jesus Christ. Upon this information I am reminded of the passage below. Take a look,
“35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
The Church at Lake Guntersville welcomes the future that God has for us and looks to be a multi-ethnic faith family that loves and leads a city of the future to the future that God has for them.