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State of the Church 2002


Half of the Churches in America

  • are growing
  • have fewer than 100 participating adults (25% have less than 50)
  • are located in a rural or small town setting
  • Less than 10% of all churches in America have more than 1000 in attendance.

Keys to Growth

Growing churches report that they:

  • welcome change
  • have cultural affinity—finding “our kind of people”
  • are organized to put their vision in action
  • offer inspirational worship
  • provide care for their members and are involved in their communities
  • teach moral standards
  • strengthen congregational vitality by using promotional programs



Searching for Meaning

One-half of all Americans admit they are searching for the meaning and purpose in life, and the figure is no different among those that claim to be born-again.



Something to think about:

People who visit your church are searching for meaning and purpose. Will they find the answer? Are people already in your congregation searching for meaning?

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Category: Ministry, Pneuma Review, Summer 2002

About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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