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May 4, 2010

Someone always seems to bring up the outlier. The number that isn’t normal. The situation that is one of a kind and impossible to duplicate. When I talk to ministers it always seems that they have this place, this church that went from 25 to 1250 in two years or something. You can almost here the disappointment in their voice, the “What am I doing wrong since our fellowship didn’t grow like that.”

Do you know what I’m talking about? For the next several posts I want to explore some numbers. Maybe numbers that can help us get a better idea on what is good and bad, normal or abnormal, expected and unexpected. Hopefully you will find these numbers helpful in your life.

18.8%. That is the percentage of growth seen in the healthiest of churches in America. The number comes from the Schaeffer Institute. That is the percentage of growth seen from 2004 to 2006. The next group below that grew at a rate of 10.2%.

These are on average the healthiest churches they find in America. They also note that only 5% to 10% of this growth comes from new Christians. Those are interesting numbers. How is your church doing? How would it compare?

I think these are important numbers because they remove the outliers and focus on the average American church experience. So how does yours rate? Would the study find your church to be healthy?

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