Insights about a church's health from numerical data
- Understanding a church's health involves utilizing
statistical data as well as other information.
- Analyzing statistical data may help identify things that
contribute to high points, valleys, and current trends in a church's life and ministry.
What can statistics tell us about a congregation?
Numbers cannot tell the whole story about an organization such as a church congregation.
However, numbers are one piece of information in an evaluation of a church's health. It is not the
only piece of needed information. Still, statistical data can be easily measured and analyzed and
can help form a realistic picture. So, don't ignore available statistical data in
trying to understand the health of a local church.
Construct a graph of at least 10 years of your church's attendance and membership statistics.
Why ten years? Well, that will help you see long-term patterns. With the graphs in hand, ask
questions. Lots of questions. As you look at numbers, look for answers to the following:
- What circumstances, events, or factors may have contributed to:
- High points?
- The present trend?
- At the moment, what things are likely fostering health and driving growth in our
- What needs to happen to stimulate further outreach and assimilation?
- What are the unique and appealing things about our church's congregation, its ministry
activities, and even its facilities?
- What kinds of human needs are being met by the ministries of our church?
- What bridges does the church have that facilitate people moving into Sunday
School ckasses, small groups, and other ministries after they have begun attending worship
events? [ More: "Incorporation and
Sample graph analysis
-- Howard Culbertson,,
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