I am always a bit sceptical of studies or statistics like these because I don’t think they actually prove or decide anything, but they are useful as a catalyst for us to question our values and practices.
“There are millions of people in smaller congregations across the country who live with a feeling that they are failures because their church isn’t as big as the megaplex congregation down the street. This is sad and should not be the case.”
“A global survey conducted by Christian Schwartz found that smaller churches consistently scored higher than large churches in seven out of eight qualitative characteristics of a healthy church. A more recent study of churches in America, conducted by Ed Stetzer and Life Way Ministries, revealed that churches of two hundred or less are four times more likely to plant a daughter church than churches of one thousand or more. The research seems to even indicate that the pattern continues—the smaller the size of the church the more fertile they are in planting churches.”
Cole also raises some good questions concerning the wisest use of our financial resources here (admittedly in an American context)