Church Size & Growth Potential

The Fall 2013 edition of Facts and Trends contains a graphic (p.4) from Leadership Network showing that Protestant megachurches are four times more likely to be growing than are all Protestant churches (79% compared to 20%). So What? This statistic is one of many that highlight the reality that America's largest Protestant churches are among the healthiest of all churches when it comes to growth. Since most congregations are smaller in size, the 20% number must be something that Read More …

Church E-Giving

Earlier this month, Leadership Network published Warren Bird's latest research: "The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches."  This 18-page report considers the overall economic outlook alongside how the surveyed congregations collect, allocate and spend funds. Electronic giving (e-giving) is an increasingly important means by which churches receive donations.  100% of the churches with average weekly attendance of at least 2,000 receive some of their income via e-giving.  The breakout of Read More …

Mega-Interest in Megachurches

Warren Bird, research director at Leadership Network, recently shared the ten most popular blog posts on Leadership Network's blog during 2012.  Interestingly, 40% of the posts on the list include the word megachurch in their titles: Youngest Megachurch Pastor World's First Megachurch How Many Megachurches? Biggest Megachurch Sanctuaries So What? Megachurches, congregations with worship attendance of at least 2,000 per weekend, have been growing in number and significance in Read More …

Most Churches Plan Raises

According to 2012 Leadership Network Economic Outlook Survey, most congregations will provide staff with modest raises in 2013.  More specifically: 74% of those parishes surveyed plan pay increases of at least 1%.  Only a small percentage of church workers will receive raises that outpace the projected increase in the cost of living. So What? Church budgets are showing signs of recovery after several challenging years during the economic downturn.  Since human resources amount to the Read More …

Learning from Other Congregations

Warren Bird, Research Director for Leadership Network and co-author of 24 books on various aspects of church health and innovation, blogged about the feedback he received from a recent focus group of pastors who shared their "great ideas for great churches," which include: Gifts for first-time newcomers Partnering with the local YMCA Shaping the Culture of the City Intentionally Multi-Ethnic Churches Citywide Youth Group Planting Churches to Reach People Like You So Read More …

Church Communication – from Print to Social Media

Dave Travis, Managing Director of Leadership Network, recently interviewed DJ Chuang, a web and social media coach, on the topic of how churches use social media: What are the biggest challenges for churches? [ and how do you help solve them] One of the biggest challenges for churches large and small is to get church communications to flow more rapidly. Social Media is practically instant, yet much of typical church communications is developed for a weekly event or produced over weeks and Read More …

The Future of Global Missions: 9 Trends

Eric Swanson is Leadership Community Director for Externally Focused Churches and co-director of the Missional Renaissance Leadership Community for Leadership Network, which seeks to accelerate the impact of leaders by focusing on three big ideas: connecting, innovating, and multiplying.  Previously he served with Campus Crusade for Christ for twenty-five years.  Swanson has co-authored several books including To Transform a City: Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole City (2010) and The Externally Read More …

Review of Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code

Samuel R. Chand.  Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration. Jossey-Bass: 2011. ISBN: 9780470627815. Meet the Author Samuel R. Chand is an author, conference speaker, and consultant.  He has written five books including Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration (2011), Ladder Shifts: New Realities, Rapid Change, Your Destiny (2006),  What's Shakin' Your Ladder? 15 Challenges All Leaders Face (2005) and Read More …

Moving the Mainline Forward

The Future of Mainline Denominations Recently, I have written several articles designed to introduce my readers to a variety of perspectives related to the future of mainline denominations.  Leaders within the mainline denominations understand that change is essential to reverse the decades of decline.  In recent posts, I have shared many voices including those of Peter Wallace, Bruce Epperly, and Bruce Reyes Chow Stephen Sterner Landon Whitsitt Clyde Steckel Also, I have Read More …

Megachurches Shaping American Protestantism

Leadership Network just released their bi-annual Large Church Salary and Benefits Report, which  explores the results of  their latest survey of many of the largest Protestant churches in America and Canada.  For the purpose of the research "large churches" are those with 1000+ in average weekly worship attendance while "megachurch" status is reserved for those with 2000+ in weekly worship attendance.  For those interested in more details, the full 31 page report is available as a free download Read More …