How can we measure church growth?

2. How can we measure church growth?

Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted” – Albert Einstein

Regular measurement allows us to compare the impact of different events and decisions in churches. Here are a few elements that can help you measure growth:

Numbers (Size)

• (Parish return) Annual Average Sunday Attendance: This is the Sunday attendance of the last three months/number of weeks. An estimate will be sufficient, but more accurate data is always better. We suggest you break it down into three age groups:

• Adults

• 12-18

• Under 12s

• How many people are you engaged with on a usual week? This can be for prayer groups, midweek services and/or small groups.

Depth (Spiritual growth and discipleship)

It is difficult to measure how a church is growing spiritually, but some helpful indicators may reflect this, for example:

• How many people are involved in small groups/Bible study groups/pastorates?

• How many are serving in the church weekly (e.g. by welcoming, teaching in children’s groups, singing in the choir etc.)?

• Giving – What is the trend for giving financially in your church? – we ask you to record each three monthly total


How is your church having an impact on your community? There isn’t a simple answer to this, and so many measurables could indicate change. However, one way to do this is to measure the number of volunteers who give towards or deliver outward-facing activities that serve your community, such as a food bank or homework club.

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