according to a new census by researchers at Ohio State University.
The Amish double their population about every 22 years, said Joseph Donnermeyer, the Ohio State professor who led the census project as part of the recent 2010 U.S. Religion Census. The skyward growth has made Ohio home to more than 60,000 Amish residents -- the most in any state. Pennsylvania ranks second with about 59,000 Amish people. Indiana ranks third with about 45,000.
Read it all here....
Any guesses as to why? Well, they are having kids. Lots of them. And raising them in their faith. And most of them, nearly all of them, are remaining with that faith.
Any lesson here? If Lutherans are not growing, you might take note of the fact that we are having fewer children and we are aging. In some parishes, there are few women of childbearing age. And we are not raising our children in the faith. So they are not sticking with it. This ain't rocket science, folks!