2017 Fast Facts about Large Churches and Medium Churches
2017 Fast Facts about Large Churches and Medium Churches

AVERAGE SIZE

Large churches: 724

Medium churches: 363

Combined average weekly attendance for these 174 churches: 96,012

 

GROWTH RATES

Large churches: 2.9 percent (down from 4.3 percent in 2016); overall, 56 percent of the large churches grew (down from 69 percent in 2016).

Medium churches: 1.3 percent (down from 2.1 percent in 2016); overall, 49 percent of medium churches grew (down from 62 percent in 2016).

 

FASTEST-GROWING LARGE CHURCHES

Hope City Church, Joplin, MO, 32.5 percent

The Crossing Church, Batavia, OH, 28.9 percent

Restoration Park Church, Medway, OH, 26.9 percent

 

FASTEST-GROWING MEDIUM CHURCHES

CrossPointe Christian Church, Valparaiso, IN, 23.6 percent

The Journey Church, Springfield, VA, 18.4 percent

Christ’s Church—Fort Wayne, IN, 16.3 percent

 

BAPTISMS

Large churches baptized 3,688 people (an average of 41 baptisms per church).

Medium churches baptized 1,896 people (an average of 23 per church).

 

BAPTISM RATIOS

Number of baptisms per 100 people in average attendance:

Large churches: 5.7

Medium churches: 6.5

 

BEST BAPTISM RATIOS PER 100—LARGE CHURCHES

First Capital Christian Church, Corydon, IN, 12.4

Greenville First Christian Church, Greenville, IL, 11.8

The Carpenter’s Christian Church, Harrodsburg, KY, 11.7

 

BEST BAPTISM RATIOS PER 100—MEDIUM CHURCHES

Jessamine Christian Church, Nicholasville, KY, 37.6

Vernal Christian Church, Vernal, UT, 26.8

Verve Church, Las Vegas, NV, 19.5

 

GIVING

Average weekly per-person giving (based on general fund only):

Large churches: $32.05 (up from $29.22 in 2016)

Medium churches: $31.11 (up from $28.78 in 2016)

 

OUTREACH GIVING

Percentage of total budget spent on ministry “outside the walls”:

Large churches: 14 percent

Medium churches: 15 percent

 

BUDGETED FOR STAFFS

Percentage of total budget invested on ministry staff:

Large churches: 47 percent

Medium churches: 46 percent

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