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 Statistics – Children compared to whole congregation

Posted by  Chris Claassen

My executive pastor has been referencing a statistic that a healthy church should have a children’s ministry that is 20% of its total attendance.  Would anyone out there know where that comes from?  Would anyone have a different number from a different source?  ▼ Reply to This

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It comes from a lot of sorces.  Barna refrences and there are church polls that go around.  But that doesn’t mean if you are higher or lower there is something wrong. You have to look at your community make up and the people you’re targeting.  Our percentage tends to be higher but that’s becasue we have a large culturally catholic community we are ministering to and they have 3+ children typically.  If you are ministering to a largly young working class community you will probablly be lower.  Talk with you minister about the people your ministering to and what a healthy church in your area would look like.  ▶ Reply

Tony Morgan’s church consulting group works with a number of churches and hundreds have taken his health assessment. From that, they find the average church has kids making up 21% of the attendance.

https://tonymorganlive.com/2013/07/24/measuring-church-health-how-m…

Churches I’ve worked with have been all around that number, from 15% to 30%, but that does seem to be pretty common. Obviously the average age of the church is the biggest influence.  ▶ Reply

I haven’t seen anything linking it to church health. May be a better measure to use US Census data to determine what percentage of families in your community have children and see if you are above or below that. One thriving church in Manhattan has over 400 attendees but only 6 children in their kids ministry… but they’re in Manhattan and actually mirror their community well.  ▶ Reply

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Michael Chanley

Michael Chanley is an ordained minister with over 18 years experience serving families and children. He has served in churches with 30 members to ones with over 30,000. He now serves as the President and Executive Director of CMConnect.

He is also the author of “Collaborate: Family + Church” a collaborative work by 35 authors on how the church can impact the family. Chanley is an award winning speaker and does training, consulting and ministry work internationally on issues related to Children’s and Family Ministry. He has travelled to over 34 countries and has a genuine heart to serve and train leaders of leaders with a focus on leadership in the local church and discipleship of children.
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