Question of the day

by Richard on September 13, 2011

Lesley’s Blog :: Are large growing churches successful?

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Bob Gilston 09.13.11 at 5:16 pm

My wife and I have changed churches often because of my numerous job moves. Interestingly we have always favoured small churches and so it is extremely unlikely that we would ever trade up. When I have looked at each church we attended historically the numbers worshipping over the years have hardly changed which leads me to think that small doesn’t necessarily mean unsuccessful. It is true that some worshippers trade up but I wonder what percentage do.
I know that the numbers worshipping for all demoinations in the UK has been on the decline for years. But what is it that makes a church successful? Surely not just bums on seats! For me, if it continues to meet the needs of the local community practically and spiritually it has a measure of success. The problem I think is for congregations to be continually effective in living out the Gospel and it is there that we don’t always meet with success..

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Kim 09.13.11 at 5:21 pm

“We humans believe numbers mean something. For God, it is precisely numbers that mean nothing, nothing at all.”
– Kierkegaard

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