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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Leadership and Growth


“Congregations without a leader or with a retiree serving as leader are least likely to experience growth. Congregations with interim leaders are also unlikely to experience growth and are second only to congregations without a leader in the percentage declining.” P 17

“Congregations with multiple leaders (at least one of whom is full time) are by far the most likely to have grown between 2005 and 2010.” P 18

“Congregations with multiple part time leaders or a solo leader are less likely to grow than congregations with multiple full time leaders and are considerably more likely to grow than congregations with an interim, retired leader orno leader.” P 18

“. . . youngest age cohort of congregational leaders (34 years old or younger) is less likely to see growth in their congregation than leaders in their mid-to-late 30s. Overall, leaders aged 35-39 are most likely to be in growing congregations.”p 18

“. . . after age 39, the proportion of clergy in growing congregations drops steadily, reaching its lowest point for leaders age 66 to 70. “ p 18

“ The three areas of activity most strongly related to growth were: 1) evangelism or recruitment; 2) developing and promoting a vision and purpose for the congregation; and 3) teaching people about the faith and scripture. Also helpful to growth were recruiting and training lay leaders, representing the congregation in the community and engaging youth and young adults.” P 19

“Recruitment efforts are essential for growth and the leader of the congregation must be involved. “ p 19

“Time spent developing and promoting a vision and purpose for one’s congregation is a
good bit harder to define than recruitment or evangelism.” P 19

 “ . . . efforts to articulate and support the mission and purpose of a congregation.” P 19

“The leader is very important in helping a congregation find its purpose and in reinforcing
that purpose and the identity out of which it flows.” P 20

‘There was no leadership activity found negatively related to growth . . .” P 20

‘There were, however, some activities with virtually no relationship to growth. The smallest correlation was with “planning and leading worship,” followed by “administration, supervision and committee meetings” and “providing pastoral
care.”  P 20

“The problem is that the vast majority of leaders(three quarters) spend quite a bit or a great deal of time in this area.” P 20

“Catholic and Mainline congregations (which are more likely to decline) spend  proportionately more time dealing with worship than leaders of other congregations.” P 20  

Notes taken from study “Facts on Growth:  2010” by C. Kirk Hadaway on the section “Leadership and Growth”  www.faithcommunitiestoday.org

This is a report on the Faith Communities Today 2010 (Fact 210) national survey of congregations conducted by the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP).  CCSP is a multi-faith coalition of denominations and religious groups hosted by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary.

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