What Difference Does Church Size Make in Discipling Men? Part 2
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, October 15 2006 19:00|
In the last Weekly Briefing we learned that 70% of Protestant churches have 125 or fewer in attendance. I did some guesswork on how many people might be represented in each of Lyle Schaller’s seven categories. Basically, I hypothesized an average number of attendees for each category (usually by picking the midpoint), then multiplied by the number of churches. The results, far from scientific, are nonetheless quite interesting:
So, yes, 70% of all churches have 125 or fewer attendees. However, of the 56,655,000 people I just estimated, only 13,555,000 are in congregations of 125 or less.
This means that the smallest 70% of churches have 24% of total church attendance, while the largest 30% of churches have 76% of total church attendance. While not meant to be statistically accurate, these numbers do allow us to scale the problem/opportunity.
To summarize: A full one-fourth of the men who attend church do so at a smaller church.
Conclusion: Any major movement to disciple men should somehow have strategies to help leaders in smaller churches disciple their men. If not, we’re missing ¼ of the “market.”
Several of you wrote to comment from last week and we have communicated. Again, thank you. If you would like to join the dialogue reply to this email with answers to either or both of the bulleted questions, and I will post some of these thoughts.
CHALLENGE: Let’s think more deeply about how to resource leaders in smaller churches who have the passion to disciple men.
For scaling purposes and not statistical accuracy
Greetings Good People at Man in The Mirror,
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.