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Growing Your Congregation

What Is Growth?

There are many ways to describe congregational growth. An enduring means is the four types of growth devised by Ted Buckle and popularized by Loren Mead in his book More Than Numbers: the Way Churches Grow. These types of growth are:

  • numerical (the number of people attending worship and programs, or number of members),
  • maturational (growth in the spiritual maturity of each member),
  • organic (a congregation's ability to maintain its health and to engage with the world), and
  • incarnational (making real and living our values in the world).
  • associational (relationship to other Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregations and the wider community).

Congregation Sizes

What works differs by size of membership and attendance. We have resources for small (1-150 adult members), midsize (151-549 adult members), and large (550 or more adult members) congregations.

Congregational Growth Overview

Topics and Resources

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Last updated on Monday, February 10, 2014.

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