WHY SMALLER CHURCHES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK

WHY SMALLER CHURCHES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK
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Smaller churches are poised to make a comeback.

I’m serious. I see too many signs and indicators to believe otherwise.

For certain, I know the bad news. The median size of a church has declined from around 100 to 70 in worship attendance in a decade. That means one-half of all American congregations have fewer than 70 in worship attendance.

And I am aware that more people are attending larger churches today than they were 20, 15, 10, and 5 years ago. To be clear, I am aware that around 8,000 churches close every year.

Yes, I know those facts. But I feel the winds of change. Before we look at those change factors, let’s look at the size of churches in America. I cannot be absolutely certain about these numbers, but there are a lot of good bodies of research by some good organizations (National Congregations Study, Faith Communities Today 2015, 2014 Religious Landscape Study 2014 by Pew Research, and others).

Smaller Standard 0 to 49 worship attendance 40% of churches in America
Larger Standard 50 to 124 worship attendance 27% of churches in America
Mid 125 to 249 worship attendance 18% of churches in America
Large 250 to 499 worship attendance 8% of churches in America
Very Large 500 to 999 worship attendance 4% of churches in America
Mid Mega 1,000 to 1,999 in worship attendance  2% of churches in America
Mega 2,000+ in worship attendance Less than ½ of 1%

Two-thirds of churches have an attendance under 125. The smaller church is the norm, not the exception. And though the news has not been that promising for smaller churches in recent years, I do see some very promising signs for the years ahead. Why do I make such an apparently contrarian statement? Here are five reasons:

  1. There is a revitalization of revitalization. The increased emphasis on church revitalization portends well for all churches, particularly smaller churches.
  2. More pastors are content in Christ at smaller churches. They don’t see their present assignment and call as a stepping stone to something bigger. They love their churches and the communities they serve.
  3. The church replanting movement will help many struggling smaller churches. Instead of closing, these churches will be given new life with the leadership and resources of another church.
  4. There is a renewed commitment to neighborhood churches. Those churches were once the witness and ministry of Christ in a very specific area. There is a renewal of that emphasis.
  5. Smaller church pastors no longer need to feel isolated. There are new networks and informal groups connecting these pastors. Indeed, we are honored that over 1,600 church leaders connect with us at Church Answers.

I am encouraged. Pastors, leaders, and members of standard churches should be encouraged as well. I can’t wait to see what God will continue to do in these churches.

7 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply August 9, 2019

    Troy Day

    and there you have it Isara Mo Michael Ellis Carter Jr.

  • Isara Mo
    Reply August 10, 2019

    Isara Mo

    1.They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, 2.to the breaking of bread
    3.and to prayer.
    4.All the believers were together and had everything in common.
    5.praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
    6.And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
    Acts 2:42‭, ‬44‭-‬44‭//
    Troy Day it is natural that people who are few and are together can have everything in common and FELLOWSHIP is easy.

  • Isara Mo
    Reply August 10, 2019

    Isara Mo

    The Azusa Street awakening didnt begin with a mega church but with three-five people..

    • Troy Day
      Reply August 10, 2019

      Troy Day

      well they actually moved to Azusa ONLY AFTER Bonny Brae became too small People were coming so much the street was over filled with the crowd and they had to move to a new location

  • Troy Day
    Reply August 10, 2019

    Troy Day

    Michael Ellis Carter Jr. once in 2015 they said 2015 STATE of the #MEGACHURCH REPORT Recent Shifts in America Now they are saying small churches … http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/2015-state-of-the-megachurch-report-recent-shifts-in-americas/

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