Church leaders must understand their communities and must be attentive to the ways in which those communities are changing. According to a 2016 Pew Research study, while Muslims made up 1% of total population in 2015 (about 3.3 million people), that figure is expected to double in the coming decades. It is estimated that Muslims will represent the second-largest religious group in the United States in approximately 20 years.
And of course, demographics vary significantly state to state, and city to city. We posted recently about PRRI’s new American Values Atlas that can allow you to understand the changing context around your church.
But the changes in our communities don’t represent a threat to the church—after all, nothing represents a threat to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It isn’t anything that should cause us any fretting or hand-wringing. Instead, the rise of the Islamic population in North America is an opportunity for evangelism if only we are able to remember that “God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
The first step away from fear is understanding, which is why I am so grateful to have spoken with author Abu Daoud, whose book, Sharing Jesus with Muslims in America, is an accessible, practical resource to help church leaders lead their congregations into this mission field.
I’m so grateful for Abu’s willingness to speak with me and for sharing his abundant resources with us. In addition to his book, Abu Daoud also archives all his writing on academia.edu and maintains a blog that provides invaluable commentary on world events concerning Islam. His long experience and thoughtful authority on this subject is a gift to the church.