Church Size

How big should a church be? Here’s a link that says the median attendance for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations is 75. Here is some statistical fun from this link, 59% of non-Catholic/Orthodox Christian churches have fewer than 100 members, while only 4% have between 500 and 1000 members. But here’s the trick, of the 56 million Americans who attend these churches only 16% go to churches of less than 100, the same percentage that go to churches between 500 and 1000 members. A very large plurality, 45%, attend church with between 100 and 500 others.

Of course, this is just about what everyone else is doing. I suppose one way to look at it is that a church should be as big as possible. I wonder if there is an optimum size for an organization that wants to comfort its members, nurture their spiritual growth by providing a vehicle to reach out to the world and make it a better place.

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