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Behind the numbers


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Behind the numbers

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