Why Location Matters for the Fastest-Growing Churches

Episode #856
June 4, 2024
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The fastest-growing churches are often located in prime areas for growth. In a recent Church Answers Research article, Ryan Burge took a deep dive into how churches located in growing communities generally find it easier to add new members. Thom and Sam discuss the implications of these findings.

Here’s the formula for finding a county likely to support a fast-growing church:

    1. Population Growth: Look for a county with at least 10% population growth between 2010 and 2020.
    2. Mobility: Aim for a place where 2.5% to 5% of the population has moved within the last 12 months.
    3. Education: This is crucial. Target a county where at least 30% of adults have a college degree.
    4. Population Density: Ideally, seek areas with 500 people per square mile.


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