Which Churches are Growing? FACTS on Growth 2010

Faith Communities Today, a program out of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, has recently released their latest FACTS report.  It comprehensively examines a simple but vitally important question: Which congregations are growing?

So, let’s see you know the answers to these questions…. which churches are the most likely to be growing?

- Those in rural areas, suburbs, or downtowns?

- Those in the South or elsewhere?

- Predominately white or non-white?

- Conservative protestants or mainline congregations?

- Those with electric guitars in their services or those without?

Want to know the answers?  Well, check out the report here for these and many other interesting facts.

Thanks to Scott Thumma for the link!

  • Thomas R

    Going through it I guess it’s good for growth if a church

    Uses electric guitars a great deal.
    Changes a fair amount.
    Is joyful.
    Stands for something.
    Is different than other churches.
    Is in the South.
    Involves parents and children.
    Has at least some services in languages other than English.

    I kind of don’t think I’d want a constantly changing church with electric guitars as the norm. Still the part about “parents and children” I’ve seen in life. The local Methodist church practically forbade kids as “messy” and many told them this was idiotic, which it was. Also the part about being different and standing for something makes sense to me. Although I’m conservative it does seem like the churches that have made it clear they do stand for a progressive vision, one that’s in some way unique, do well just as the “unique and strongly conservative” churches do.

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