Congregational Size Theory Resources for Growth
Congregational growth specialists who have found it useful to understand common characteristics among similar sized congregations by grouping them into categories. Arlin Rothauge in particular was instrumental in developing a theory of congregational size and the dynamics that each size grouping tends to produce. Other thinkers, such as Roy Oswald and Alice Mann, have further elaborated on his work.
- What Size Is Our Congregation by Dan Hotchkiss
It’s harder to size up a congregation than it used to be. It’s still worth trying, though, because no one fact says more about a group of human beings than its size. A group of 20 people behaves differently from a group of 200, or 400, or 800.
- Does Size Really Matter? by Sarai Schnucker
Rice Congregational life has very few reliable metrics, and when we think we’ve found one, we all seize upon it, grateful for some measure of certainty in an otherwise murky world. For example, it seems as if we’ve been talking forever about family, pastor, and program.
- Should We Be Growing? by Alice Mann
As a congregation wrestles with the possibility of growth, it is important to create space where leaders and members can explore their own particular desires in this matter and recognize the conflicts that exist even within themselves.
- Measuring Size and Complexity by Susan Beaumont
Understanding the capacity limits of congregational systems is not simply an exercise in measuring attendance.
- Moving On from Church Folly Lane: The Pastoral to Program Shift by Rev. Robert T. Latham (UU Author)
- Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Gary L. McIntosh
Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition by Alice Mann
More Than Numbers: The Ways Churches Grow by Loren B. Mead
- The Toughest Size Transition (6:54) Alice Mann