What Community Demographics Should a Pastor Know?

Episode #232
June 10, 2016
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Podcast Episode #232

We cover seven demographics for pastors and church leaders to know about their community. And surprisingly, there are also riveting discussions about table tennis and Nashville geography included in this episode.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Sometimes we have ministries that don’t actually meet the needs of the community because those ministries are what we’ve always done.
  • Consider using pin maps to map out where members and guests are coming from in the community.
  • Socioeconomic issues in the community can greatly impact giving in the local church.
  • What would our churches look like if ministries were based on current needs of the community rather than tradition?

The seven community demographics pastors should know are:

  1. Population trends.
  2. Family composition.
  3. Ethnic and racial composition.
  4. Natural demographic boundaries.
  5. Church attendance pin map.
  6. Household income.
  7. Key psychographic data.

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