The Barna Group’s 2016 research of American churches found that almost half (46%) attend a church of 100 or fewer members.
More than one-third (37%) attend a midsize church of over 100, but not larger than 499.
One in 11 (9%) attends a church with between 500 and 999 attenders, and slightly fewer (8%) attend a very large church of 1,000 or more attendees.
Why do so many people like going to smaller churches?
I think small churches hold some genuine advantages over large churches but also a few key hindrances.
7 Advantages of Smaller Churches
1. Family Feel
Small churches capture a family better than any other size of church.
Larger churches must create elaborate small group structures to recreate the family feel that the lost when they moved from being small to a medium size church.
In fact, medium size churches spend a quite a bit of time mourning the loss of the family feel when they grow.
Small churches don’t have to create this family feel through systems or mourn its loss.
Smart pastors amplify this family feel.
They leverage it and use it as an opportunity to minister to those members who come from a dysfunctional family background.