80% + Rule for Growing Churches

Factoid: Despite the rule of thumb that a worship service in which more than 80 percent of the seats are filled is too full, such is the norm among large growing churches. In fact, in a survey of growing, plateaued, and declining Southern Baptist churches, it was found that the worship services in slightly over 80 percent of the growing churches with large total memberships… were more than 80 percent full. According to Lyle Schaller, there is no question but that when all teh pews or chairs are filled, this has a positive impact on the morale of the worshippers, and especially on the preacher.

Source: (Church Growth Principlesî, C. Kirk Hadaway, Nashville: Broadman Press, 1991, p. 63.)

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