What Difference Does Church Size Make in Discipling Men? Part 1
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, October 08 2006 19:00|
There is an issue in the Men’s Discipleship Movement that needs some discussion. David Delk, our President, and I have lamented many times about the dozens and dozens of small frame churches we see dotting the countryside, especially in the South.
Most churches are small. In fact, 70% of all Protestant churches have 125 or fewer attendees. Today I would like to start a series on the question, “What difference does church size make in discipling men?” I hope you will email me your thoughts as we move along.
In Small Congregation Big Potential, Lyle Schaller, the dean of congregational studies, reminds us that most churches are small. Of the 325,000 Protestant churches in America (not including 19,000 Catholic churches or house churches), Schaller reports quantities for seven categories of churches based on size:
Next week, I will show you some statistical guesswork I have done to see how many people we are talking about in each category.
For this week, though, to get the discussion started here are some questions to consider:
No doubt, figuring out how to systematically disciple the millions of men in smaller congregations is a huge problem, but it is also a huge opportunity. And the fate of their families may well depend on how we address this issue.
His and yours,
Pat Morley, Ph.D.
Of the 113,00,000 men 15 and older, 10,600,000 were 15 - 19 years of age, and 10,800,000 were 20 - 24 years of age. The number of men 20 - 21 years of age were estimated from Census Bureau totals. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/tables/06s0011.xls , retrieved September 29, 2006.