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Small Churches Are … Growing

This headline triggered a double-take. The number of small churches is proliferating, sadly, due to declines in church attendance and population shifts:

Small churches are growing in America. They are growing, not in attendance but in number.

The most accurate indicator of church size is average attendance at weekly worship services, as church membership lists may be outdated and reflect numerous long-time inactive members.

Sixty percent of Protestant churches in America average less than 100 people in weekly worship.

There are many factors at work here, some negative and some positive. At the very least, this trend means the work in small and rural churches is critical.


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