Our theory is that a church should be allowed or encouraged to grow large enough to sustain a viable high school and middle school ministry. A successful student ministriy requires critical mass in order to capture and keep the attention of their target audience. So the question becomes, how many aduilts are required to generate critical mass for a student ministry? That depends upon the demographic of a community.
If you are a twenty six year old seminary student with a couple of kids in diapers that may not sound like a great answer. But if you are a church planter with 150 people and one of your elders just informed you that her family is leaving because you don't have anything for her thirteen year old, it makes painful sense.
Parents will put up with a lot in big church if thier teenagers feel connected to a student ministry.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Andy Stanley on optimal church size
I came across this blog post about Andy Stanley's church(es) where Andy actually jumps in and gets involved in the comment stream. The thing that stood out about what he said was his church's philosophy on the optimal size for a church. I think he has a great point.