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  • 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
    • (#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
  • 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