Statistical tidbits from 2005 IPHC church growth report.
• Almost a third of US members are in churches that posted at least 100% growth. Those members attend about 350 churches. In other words, a third of US members in less than one-fifth of total churches.
• Half of US IPHC churches (938 of 1990) posted 0% growth or less during the past year (2005). Those churches members account for nearly a third of total US members (244,184 in 2005, keeping in mind that only three-quarters of members attend worship in the IPHC).
• One-third of US membership (almost 80,000 members) was in 53 churches of over 500 or more members.
• Of the 9000 or so members added in 2005, over 7700 were in Florida. The next closest conference was Upper SC, with a hair more than 12% of that number (939).
Interesting, no? See the report for yourself.
What are the implications of these numbers (and the rest on the statistical reports)? What are our prospects for the future? What are our best moves as a denomination to improve growth while remaining true to biblical doctrine?
I don’t post this to beat up on the IPHC (or to drive my decreasing readership numbers even lower). I think th