Who we are:

Augusta is a city of 1,640 residents with 75% of the 4,628 residents in a six mile radius of the church made up of rural working families. The population is expected to grow about the same as the U.S. average for the years beteen 2006 and 2011 at under 5%. The area is underrepresented by other racial groups but does have families who are Vietnamese (Hmong) and Native American (Ho-chunk).

Of the households in the area, there is a strong belied in God (90%) and that god is actively involved in the world including nations and governments (77%). Significant beliefs include that it is important to preserve the traditional American family structure (95%) and that public education to the future of American society (95%). The role of churches is to help form and support moral values (86%). Aproximately 39% of the population is strongly involved with their faith, with another 34% somewhat involved.

With repect to church program preferences, concern for community/social services is high followed by personal development and spiritual development, with youth social programs being an important focus. There is a preference for a combined worship style which incorporates both traditional elements and more contemporary offerings. People prefer sermons to be emotionally uplifting and intellectually challenging, and like both to participate in the service and have some music performed by others.

Primary concerns of the population are predominatly in two areas: basic life issues and family problems. With respect to the basics, achieving long-term financial security is first on the list (47%), maintaining personal health is next on the list (41%), followed by day-to-day financial worries (36%) and finding health insurance (36%). Of family problems, concern focus most on dealing with teens and children (23%), dealing with alcohol and drug abuse (20%), and dealing with abusive relationships (14%). These concerns appear greater than the national average.

In summary, the people of Augusta mirror much of the rest of the United States but benefit from a rural envirnment which provides both challenges regaurding income but benefits with respect to recreation and outdoor life.