People Migration to Larger Churches by Thom Rainer
One of the most significant trends in American churches the past 25 years has been the migration of people from smaller churches to larger churches.
- Less than one-half of one percent of these churches report an average worship attendance of 2,000 or more, but 12.6% of the total attendance of the denomination is now concentrated in these relatively few churches.
- Only 1.5% of all these churches have an attendance of 1,000 or more, but 22.2% of the total denominational attendance is in these congregations.
- Only 4.4% of the churches have an attendance of 500 or more, but 35.3% of the attendance of 46,000 churches is concentrated in just those few churches.
- The migration of the U.S. population to cities and other areas of greater population.
- The smaller church is not as likely to be the hub of the community as it once was.
- The multi-campus church model is opening the door for even larger churches.
- The church attendee is demanding quality that many small churches cannot afford.
- The larger church tends to attract leaders with they type of communication and leadership skills that in turn attracts more people.
Two more countries — Turkey and Tajikistan — are worthy of inclusion on a list of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty, a congressionally approved watchdog on the issue has recommended.
— Egypt’s refusal to protect religious minorities, especially Coptic Christians, from violence.
— Iran’s continued arrest, torture and execution of its citizens, with Christians, Bahai’is and Sufi Muslims targets of mistreatment.
— China’s suppression of Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims, making conditions for them “the worst in decades,” and the escalating repression of Protestants and Catholics.
— Pakistan’s abuse of Christians, Ahmadis and Hindus.
— Burma’s prohibition of Protestant house churches and restrictions on Muslims and Buddhist monks.