The Impact of Churches Under 100

61% of Louisiana Baptist churches that reported attendance in 2015, reported 100 or below (that’s 984 out of 1,624 churches). I hope every church grows larger this year, but I appreciated Dan Reiland’s recent article on The Great Value of Churches Under 100.

1) Large churches don’t appeal to everyone.
2) Some towns and cities can’t support a big church.
3) Small churches can move and respond quickly.
4) Small churches can have a big impact from specialized ministries.
5) Small churches can offer a personalized touch.

 

This got me thinking about the impact these churches have as a group, so I looked up some numbers for 2015 (2016 data is still being collected).

The 984 Southern Baptist churches in Louisiana that reported between 1 and 100 in worship attendance in 2015:

  • Represent 48,059 Worshippers
  • Baptized 3,403 souls
  • Gave $3.7 million to the Cooperative Program
  • Gave $1.7 million to their local Baptist Associations
  • Gave $1.5 million to SBC Special Missions Offerings ($639k to Lottie Moon, $468k to Annie Armstrong, $420k to Georgia Barnette).

Not insignificant numbers. And this is not just in Louisiana. 82% of churches across the country are less than 125.

Take Aways:

  • Don’t be satisfied with 100, but celebrate what the small church can offer to the community.
  • Don’t just communicate about resources that are helpful to big churches. Let’s remember the big church tends to be the exception across America.
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About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of two young men: Jackson (17), Hudson (13). And one Princess: Katherine Jubilee or “Kate” (7) - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can I’m reading, gardening, deer hunting, on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful to others & fruitful for God.

Posted on January 18, 2017, in Church, Louisiana Baptists. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. kathy d deane

    small churches give you the family you may not have

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