2019 Fast Facts from Our Annual Survey of Churches
2019 Fast Facts from Our Annual Survey of Churches

These “fast facts” are gleaned from survey data collected by Kent Fillinger about churches ranging in average attendance from 10 to 34,444 during 2019. This information is also available in chart form as a download. The download also includes a complete listing of the 439 churches that participated in our survey, and spotlights the 10 fastest-growing churches in each category and those churches with the highest baptism ratios (most baptisms per 100 in average attendance). Go here to ACCESS THE DOWNLOAD.

Also, be sure to read Fillinger’s article, “The Difference a Decade Makes.”

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AVERAGE ATTENDANCE

Megachurches: 5,765

Emerging megachurches: 1,348

Large churches: 737

Medium churches: 354

Small churches: 164

Very small churches: 57

Combined average weekly attendance (439 churches): 483,296

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GROWTH RATES

Megachurches: 2.4% (down from 6.6% in 2018)

Emerging megachurches: 4.2% (up from 4.1%)

Large churches: 2.6% (up from 1.9%)

Medium churches: 1.3% (down from 3.7%)

Small churches: 2.1% (up from 0.03%)

Very small churches: -0.4% (down from 1.7%)

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FASTEST-GROWING CHURCHES

Megachurches: Pathway Church, Wichita, KS (13.5%)

Emerging megachurches: The Refinery Christian Church, Goodyear, AZ (110.7%)

Large churches: Ekklesia Christian Church, Conway, SC (73.2%)

Medium churches: Woodstock Christian Church, Woodstock, GA (44.7%)

Small churches: Experience Christian Church, Exton, PA (127%)

Very small churches: Whitewater Christian Church, Richmond, IN (35.7%)

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PERCENTAGE OF CHURCHES THAT GREW IN 2019

Megachurches: 75%

Emerging megachurches: 60%

Large churches: 54%

Medium churches: 50%

Small churches: 45%

Very small churches: 44%

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BAPTISMS

Megachurches baptized 20,897 people (an average of 418 baptisms per church).

Emerging megachurches baptized 5,423 people (an average of 85 per church).

Large churches baptized 3,062 people (38 per church).

Medium churches baptized 1,890 people (21 per church).

Small churches baptized 678 people (8 per church).

Very small churches baptized 189 people (3 per church).

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MOST BAPTISMS

Megachurches: Christ’s Church of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ: 4,371 (record number of baptisms for a church in the history of our survey)

Emerging megachurches: Salty Church, Ormond Beach, FL: 222

Large churches: Ekklesia Christian Church, Conway, SC: 143

Medium churches: Jessamine Christian Church, Nicholasville, KY: 114

Small churches: Christ’s Church—Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN: 27

Very small churches: Peeled Oak Christian Church, Owingsville, KY: 15

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BAPTISM RATIOS

Number of baptisms per 100 people in average attendance:

Megachurches: 6.6

Emerging megachurches: 6.1

Large churches: 5.1

Medium churches: 5.8

Small churches: 4.9

Very small churches: 4.1

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HIGHEST BAPTISM RATIOS

Megachurches: Compass Christian Church, Chandler, AZ: 13.2

Emerging megachurches: Salty Church, Ormond Beach, FL: 12.8

Large churches: Ekklesia Christian Church, Conway, SC: 16.5

Medium churches: Jessamine Christian Church, Nicholasville, KY: 27.2

Small churches: Orange Park Christian Church, Orange Park, FL: 13.6

Very small churches: Peeled Oak Christian Church, Owingsville, KY: 30

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STATES WITH MOST CHURCHES (all sizes)

Indiana — 65

Ohio — 57

Illinois — 31

42% of churches that reported are in 4 states, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky.

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STATES WITH MOST MEGACHURCHES

Indiana — 11

California — 5

 Illinois — 5

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OLDEST CHURCHES IN SURVEY

Cool Spring Christian Church, Keysville, VA — Founded 1800

Countryside Church of Christ, Seaman, OH — 1814

Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, MD — 1824

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YOUNGEST CHURCHES

Experience Christian Church, Exton, PA — Founded 2019

Foundation Christian Church, Newnan, GA — 2018

Ubly Christian Church, Ubly, MI — 2018

Riverside: A Christian Community, Big Rapids, MI — 2018

One Church Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA — 2018

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GIVING

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

Megachurches: $31.45 (down from $31.94 in 2018)

Emerging megachurches: $33.34 (down from $33.82)

Large churches: $33.29 (up from $32.64)

Medium churches: $32.59 (up from $32.06)

Small churches: $34.88 (down from $36.11)

Very small churches: $31.32 (down from $35.30)

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OUTREACH GIVING

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

Megachurches: 12.9%

Emerging megachurches: 14.3%

Large churches: 14.7%

Medium churches: 15.5%

Small churches: 14.3%

Very small churches: 14.7%

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BUDGETED FOR STAFFS

Percentage of total budget invested on ministry staff:

Megachurches: 49.5%

Emerging megachurches: 50.1%

Large churches: 49%

Medium churches: 47.4%

Small churches: 46.2%

Very small churches: 53.5%

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