From 1978-1983, 30.5% of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention were seeing at least a 10% increase in total membership over a five-year period of time. During this same time, 51.9% of our SBC churches were plateaued and 17.6% were in decline. In this study, declining churches are those where total membership declined by at least 10% in this five-year period of time. Plateaued is categorized as between growing and declining.
When you compare that with the most recent five-year period of record between 2008 and 2013, only 25.9% of our churches were categorized as growing by at least 10% in total membership. During this same five-year period, 44.3% of our churches were plateaued and 29.9% were declining, meaning their total membership declined by at least 10% between 2008 and 2013. Again, plateaued is categorized as between growing and declining. Continue reading →