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90% of SBC churches have 300 or less in attendance

Over at Les Puryear’s blog, he posted some interesting stats on the number of small churches across denominations.  Noting that more than 2/3s of all Episcopal, Lutheran, and Nazarene churches have about 100-or-fewer members, Les asked LifeWay to run the numbers on Southern Baptists.  Here’s the result:

In my own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), I asked the good folks at Lifeway to run a report for me to count the churches based on Primary Worship Service(s) Attendance in 2006. They very graciously attended to my request and sent me the following report:

1-99 attendees = 25,217 churches (62.7%)
100-199 attendees = 8,305 churches (20.7%)
200-299 attendees = 2,850 churches (7.1%)
300-499 attendees = 2,126 churches (5.3%)
500-749 attendees = 788 churches (2.0%)
750-999 attendees = 336 churches (0.8%)
1,000-1,999 attendees = 425 churches (1.1%)
2,000+ attendees = 139 churches (0.3%)

Total Churches = 40,186

Conclusion:  Over 90% of SBC churches have less than 300 in attendance.  And, as noted above, other denominations are similar.  We are a nation of small churches, even though big churches get most of the attention.  Les has several posts after this one about the strength and vitality of small churches.  Interesting reading and good stuff!