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.

 

Got me thinking about the impact these churches have as a group, so 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.

Posted on January 18, 2017, in Church, Louisiana Baptists. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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