Today’s guest post comes to us from Aaron Earls for FactsandTrends.com.
Most American churches have 80 or fewer worshippers each week and fewer than 45 percent of churches have grown more than 2 percent in the last five years, according to a study from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
Ultimately, it is God who brings growth to churches, but research shows several factors that are common in growing churches.
Analysis of the American Congregations 2015 study finds seven statistics played a role in which churches experienced significant growth since 2010.
1. Growing location — The old real estate adage applies to churches. Growth is connected to “location, location, location.” More than half (59 percent) of churches in a new suburb grew at least 2 percent in the past five years.
2. Younger congregation — Churches whose membership was at least a third senior adults were less likely to grow than other churches.
3. Innovative worship — Congregations who describe their worship service as “very innovative” are almost 10 percent more likely to grow than others.
4. Lack of serious conflict — Fighting churches are not growing churches. Serious conflict stunts growth.
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