Day: January 5, 2007

Congregational stats you’ll find interesting

A Field Guide to U.S. CongregationsAccording to A Field Guide to U. S. Congregations: Who’s Going Where and Why, here are some interesting statistics on churches:

  • Number of people associated in any way with the median congregation:  200
  • Number who regularly participate in the median congregation:  110
  • Number 18 or older who participate regularly:  80
  • Average attendance at worship:  90

That actually sounds like my church.  Which means we are the median for all congregations — half are smaller, half are larger.  But here are some things that really surprised me: Continue reading “Congregational stats you’ll find interesting”

The barn vs. the field

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” — Matthew 9:37-38 NIV

It occurred to me the other day that the difference in the church of modernity and a missional church is this:  the modern church is all about the barn while the missional church is all about the field.  It’s interesting that Jesus doesn’t refer to God as “Lord of the barn.”  God is “Lord of the harvest” and it’s his harvest field.  God’s focus is on the field and the harvest.  The harvest is plentiful.  All we, the workers, have to do is get out of the barn!

Posted in Nov ’06 on my missional church blog,  Amicus Dei.