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2018 Fast Facts about Small and Very Small Churches

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These statistics from 2018 are gleaned from small and very small church data collected by Kent Fillinger. Be sure to read Fillinger’s article, 2018 Special Church Report, Part 3: Small and Very Small Churches,” and look at the accompanying tables, “The 2018 Charts: Small and Very Small Churches.”

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AVERAGE ATTENDANCE

Small churches: 163

Very Small churches: 54

Combined average weekly attendance (125 churches): 21,701

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GROWTH RATES

Small churches: 0.03 percent (up from -0.3 percent in 2017); overall, 38 percent of small churches grew (up from 36 percent in 2017)

Very Small churches: 1.7 percent (down from 5.5 percent in 2017); overall, 43 percent of very small churches grew (down from 44 percent in 2017)

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FASTEST-GROWING SMALL CHURCHES

Hazelwood Christian Church, Pittsburgh, PA, 212.5 percent

First Christian Church, Mableton, GA, 28.5 percent

Reclaim Christian Church, Ansonia, CT, 22.6 percent

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FASTEST-GROWING VERY SMALL CHURCHES

Fifth Street Church of Christ, Moultrie, GA, 68 percent

First Christian Church, Greenwood, SC, 41.2 percent

Winema Christian Church, Cloverdale, OR, 31.7 percent

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BAPTISMS

Small churches: 699 (average 9 baptisms per church)

Very Small churches: 152 (average 3 per church)

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BAPTISM RATIOS

(Number of baptisms per 100 people in average attendance):

Small churches: 5.5

Very Small churches: 5.1

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HIGHEST BAPTISM RATIOS PER 100—SMALL CHURCHES

Christ’s Church, Fort Wayne, IN, 16.9

Thurston Christian Church, Springfield, OR, 15.0

Vernal Christian Church, Vernal, UT, 13.5

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HIGHEST BAPTISM RATIOS PER 100—VERY SMALL CHURCHES

Connected Life Christian Church, Boca Raton, FL, 34.4

Peeled Oak Christian Church, Owingsville, KY, 31.4

Central Christian Church, Charleston, IL, 15.4

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STATES WITH MOST . . .

Small churches:

Indiana — 12

Ohio — 7

Georgia & Illinois — 6 each

Very Small churches:

Virginia — 5

5 States — 4 each

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OLDEST AND YOUNGEST CHURCHES REPORTING—YEAR STARTED

Oldest Small Church: Countryside Christian Church, Seaman, OH—1814

Oldest Very Small Church: Cool Spring Christian Church, Keysville, VA—1800

Youngest Small Church: Catalyst Church, High Point, NC—2009

Youngest Very Small Church: Movement Christian Church, Knightdale, NC—2017

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GIVING

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

Small churches: $36.11 (up from $31.80 in 2017)

Very Small churches: $35.30 (up from $30.58 in 2017)

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OUTREACH GIVING

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

Small churches: 17.1 percent

Very Small churches: 16.4 percent

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BUDGETED FOR STAFFS

Percentage of total budget invested on ministry staff:

Small churches: 49.3 percent

Very Small churches: 51.9 percent

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