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Ed Stetzer\'s POWERPOINT about Growing Churches 2008

Ed Stetzer\'s POWERPOINT about Growing Churches 2008

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    Behind the numbers - ED STETZER Behind the numbers - ED STETZER Presentation Transcript

    • Behind the Numbers Learning from America’s Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches
    • Dichotomies
      • Medium-sized churches continue to decrease in number
      • Most churches have always been small
      • Large churches are getting larger
      • For the first time, all 100 churches on the 100 Largest list averaged at least 7,000 people
      • Last year’s list included churches of 6,376 or more.
      • The 2004 Largest list included churches of 5,800 or more.
      • While churches are getting larger, attendees are not often in one location.
      • Mega churches are adding more satellite locations and online worship venues
    • Growth Catalysts
      • New sites
      • New buildings
      • Regional population increases
      • New leadership
    • Digital Connections
      • LifeChurch.tv (#5 Largest) & Flamingo Road (#73 Largest) use digital connections to make inroads with the unchurched.
      • Northland (#67 Fastest, #62 Largest) is prolific at using online technology as a Great Commission strategy.
    • Internet Campuses
      • Not without flaws and unique set of issues
      • No doubt that several churches aggressive in finding and reaching the unchurched are finding that this manner of engagement is working for them.
    • Multisite
      • In 2000, only 5% of all U.S. megachurches had multiple locations.
      • In 2007, 25% had more than one site.
      • 2010 predictions have 50% of megachurches with more than one site
              • MultisitechurchRevolution.com
    • Multisite
      • 16% of all U.S. churches – approximately 48,000 –say they are seriously considering multisite as a ministry option.
              • Multi-Site churches: guidance for the Movement’s Next Generation, B&H, Scott McConnell
    • Multisite
      • Congregations are willing to take risks and make sacrifices to multiply and ultimately reach new people for Christ.
      • Our team heard story after story of churches that have let go of church members to “seed” the new congregation—a painful and difficult process.
    • NorthPoint #41 Fastest/#3 Largest
      • From the beginning, Andy Stanley gave everyone a phrase to think about…
      • “We don’t get any credit for who we keep; it’s who we reach .”
    • NorthPoint
      • When NorthPoint considers building new facilities for one of its campuses or adding another site, the church uses an empty chair icon to represent its ultimate goal.
    • Church for All Ages
      • Churches are becoming multigenerational
      • Church leaders recognize the need to be a church for all ages.
    • Heartland Community Church #35 Fastest Growing
      • Both older and younger generations are drawn to 10-year-old Heartland Community Church
      • On a recent weekend at the Rockford, Ill., church, about 10 percent of the people baptized were aged 65 and older.
    • Community Bible Church #78 Fastest-Growing
      • Becoming multigenerational has been intentional
      • Fosters multigenerational relationships beyond the church service through intergenerational outreaches and activities
      • Connect senior adults in the church with the children of Community bible and attendees are forming non-blood-related families
    • 20-something intentionality
      • Other churches are focusing intently on the often-elusive generation of 20-somethings
      • A significant number of young adults across the country embrace megachurches (especially when these large churches are intentional about reaching them)
    • Community bible church (San Antonio) #24 Fastest, #26 Largest
      • The church’s most intentional and effective environment is people’s living rooms.
      • Friends invite friends to their apartments and use video-based curriculum to guide the conversation as they wrestle with different questions about God and faith.
    • What you can learn (good and bad) from the Outreach 100
      • Outward focus
      • Climate of Creativity
      • Leader teams
      • Hyper focused on the vision
      • Willingness to restart
      • Monocultural congregation
      • Overwhelmed by growth
      • Leadership burnout