In the book, ‘Tools for rebuilding’ Michael White and Tom Corcoran give this interesting bit of information, “Out of 325,000 churches in the United States, only 15,000 are growing churches. That’s is less than 5 percent. An even smaller percentage of growing churches are intentionally doing so. The rest just happen to find themselves in growing communities. So, it makes sense to pay attention to those churches that are intentionally growing. We go deeper into detail in our book Rebuilt, but the largest, fastest-growing churches in the country all follow some formula that includes the following:
a focus on the unchurched or dechurched people in our community;
an excellent weekend experience that relies on good music, a relevant message, and something for kids;
adult discipleship through small groups;
members who pray daily, become volunteer ministers , and are growing as givers.”
Question for the day. Is your church growing? If it is growing is it because it is in a growing community?
Recently, a priest in the chancery remarked over dinner, “No one seems to notice the tidal wave that is coming of people leaving the church.”
Questions. What is the average age of people at mass. Is the average age over 40? How many baptisms does the parish have? How many funerals? How many wedding? How many kids are in CCD? What are the numbers of baptisms, wedding, kids in CCD compared to 10 years ago? Are the numbers going up or down?
The average person in the pew often doesn’t see the whole picture. It is hard to notice trends. I always find it interesting to just look at the numbers.
Another interesting question. Is the collection going up or down. If the collection is going up. Who is giving? A very large percentage of people that give are older. I don’t think the younger generation is set to give like past generations. Someone might respond when they get older they will give more. I respond with a ‘Maybe.’
What is the answer? Well one answer is to commit all the Church’s energies to a new evangelization.