May 6, 2019 Tony Morgan

The Surprising Data That’s Not So Surprising

Church Trends from the Q2 2019 edition of The Unstuck Church Report

You probably won’t be surprised to read this, but we’re seeing a significant shift in attendance patterns.

Not only are people inviting guests to church less often, but people are attending church less often.

For churches to experience growth, their number of first-time guests over a 12-month period needs to be equal to or greater than their average weekly attendance.

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In other words, a church of 1,000 people should have at least 1,000 first-time guests to maintain… rather than only 520, which is what this reporting period is showing us.

At this rate, it’s looking like Church attendance is on the decline, which is actually the data we’re seeing as well.

Of 858 churches who completed the leadership team version of the Unstuck Church Assessment in the last 12 months, 88% were on the right side of the life cycle. And, a record low of less than 1% landed in sustained health.

While this isn’t encouraging data, I’m encouraged that we can actually show churches this data, bringing awareness to stuckness, and bringing hope for next steps. While this isn’t encouraging data, I’m encouraged that we can actually show churches this data, bringing awareness to stuckness, and bringing hope for next steps. @unstuckgroup Click To Tweet

Today, we launched the Q2 2019 edition of The Unstuck Church Report. It’s a 6-page PDF that highlights 20 updated metrics in key areas of church health. And this quarter, I included a new section that specifically shows significant changes over the past year.

We release an updated report each quarter with new insights and highlighting new trends. If you want in, you can sign up below (we’ll deliver it to your inbox for free :-))

If you’re interested in checking out the data, download it here.

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.