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Small Churches Said to Draw 41% of Worshipers

September 06, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Despite the attention to the nation's largest churches, 41% of churchgoing adults worship at churches with 100 or fewer adults in attendance on an average weekend, a Barna Research Group survey shows.

In comparison, only 12% of churchgoing adults are found on the average weekend in churches where there are 1,000 or more adults attending.

The Ventura-based research firm found that the smallest churches (average weekend attendance of 100 or fewer adults) are more likely than either mid-size (301-999 adults) or large churches (1,000 or more adults) to attract people who are not college graduates and are more likely to interest people with lower household incomes.

Researchers also found that adults younger than 35 are more likely than older adults to worship in small churches. George Barna, president of the research firm, attributes that finding to the younger age group's general lack of interest in large-scale organizations, as well as the tendency of younger adults not to need children's programs provided by larger churches.

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