Church Attendance

Maybe this is funny/interesting to me alone, in part because my “job” at church has included studying church attendance trends.

Andrew Jones recently posted an excellent and practical article on how to correctly estimate your church attendance.  It’s a complex thing to measure church attendance but here are a few pointers on arriving at an accurate number based on the attendance figures they give you.

Here are some of his criteria (+ or -):

– 50% if it’s a Pentecostal worship service because they count the legs and forget to divide by two.

– 30% if it’s a Baptist church because they count members on the roll and not all of them are still living.

+ 10 if it’s a Vineyard service because those rugs on the floor were actually people!

+ 20% if it’s a fundamentalist church because they don’t count the people they didn’t want there.

– 30% if it’s an Presbyterian/Methodist church because the number they gave you is from their huge Easter service.

+ 15% if it’s an ethnic/non-western service because all those people coming late missed the counting.

– 10% if it’s a mega church because the worship team and welcome team got counted during all 5 services.

– 520% if it’s a Catholic church because they count the parish, not the church attendance.

+ 20% if it’s an seeker sensitive service because those having a smoke outside were not counted.

– 25 % if it’s a Reformed church service because they count the people who SHOULD have been there.

– 15% if it’s a house church because the neighborhood kids playing video games in the back room somehow managed to get counted with everyone else. So did the guy delivering pizza.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Hah! Brilliant – the scary thing is that it’s probably not too far from the truth.

  2. Hysterical. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

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