A snapshot not getting much attention as far as I can tell. Rev Morales has some explaining to do in Phoenix.
Here’s how our congregations have fared over the last decade:
- The decade-long trend shows that 22% of our congregations have declined in adult membership by more than 20% over the past decade and an additional 12.7% have declined by between 10% and 20%, which means that fully one-third of our congregations have declined beyond a level that can be attributed to normal fluctuation. The percentage of declining congregations peaks among fellowships (1-60), with 43.4% reporting declines in excess of 10%. The best-performing category is that of large churches (550+) but, even among these congregations, one-quarter have reported declines of 10% or more.
- 37.8% of large churches (550+) have reported increases in adult membership exceeding 20% during the past decade, followed by small churches (61-160) at 29.1%. Fellowships (1-60) and awkward-size churches (301-400) bring up the rear at 17.7% and 19.6% respectively.