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Worship Perceptions By Church Size

Size does matter when it comes to worship styles and perceptions of guests. The following is a summary of a recent study conducted by Faith Perceptions of 4,288 mystery guests at various sized churches. Poor perceptions are indicated in red, while very good perceptions are green.

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Churches that had 0-80 in attendance rated highest on greeting upon arrival, pre-service atmosphere, post-service atmosphere, and friendliness. Small churches (81-150) rated highest on in-service greeting. Medium churches (151-300) rated highest on signage. Extra-large churches (501-1000) rated highest on children and youth. Mega churches rated highest on seating, community awareness, seating, music, the message, speaker, information, children and youth, return, and overall experience.

All churches rated “very poor” on diversity and outreach, and community service was “very poor” on average.

What surprises you about this research? What does this challenge churches to do differently?

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