Why 50 to 100 in Attendance Has Become the New Growth Barrier (But a Great Opportunity)

Episode #277
November 24, 2022
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The common growth barrier for churches for over 50 years was 200 in average worship attendance. Thom and Mark argue that the new barrier is 50 to 100. But they not only tell you why it is the new growth barrier, they share how your church can burst through the barrier.

1. One-half of North American churches have an average worship attendance below 65.

2. Individual pastoral care is almost impossible as a church approaches 100 in attendance.

3. The berry bucket is alive and well.

4. Pastoral exhaustion is too common among these churches.

5. Evangelism is necessary to get beyond 100 consistently.




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