the daily poke of the view from the comic strip pew (part-3) 9-4-19


Barna Research Group states:

– 41% of adults attending a Protestant church associate with a congregation of 100 or fewer adults

– 23% can be found at churches of 101 to 200 adults

– 18% associate with bodies of 201 to 499 adults

– 9% can be found in churches of 500 to 999 adults

– 9% go to churches with +1,000 adults


Two/thirds of you likely attend a church with a small congregation. What are some advantages of this?

1. It’s easier to know your pastor.

2. Your church can communicate more quickly.

3. Smaller congregations share more common experiences.

4. A smaller church has a more family feel.

5. They can integrate new members more quickly.

6. They have less staff.

7. Pastors get to pastor more instead of watching the jots and tittles.

8. More frequent potlucks.

What are some disadvantages? 

1. The church bully.

2. Because pastors compare their churches to others, a feeling of pastoral inadequacy.


Matthew 18:18-20

“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

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