WORSHIP STYLE AND GROWTH CORRELATIONS – PART I
Is there a relationship between the styles of church worship services and growth? Many would tell you there is and use data to demonstrate this. It seems they sometimes create the narrative they prefer.
More to the point, here are some of my personal observations of the churches within our Seminole Baptist Association. For this article, “growth” will be defined as “additions to church attendance”. I do believe our churches are very similar to what is true of Southern Baptist affiliated churches in Florida and the nation.
Where the music is very traditional, we have churches that are growing and ones not growing. Where music is contemporary, even to very modern styles and stage settings, again we have churches that are growing and ones that are not.
Also, where a church has multiple style services there are some with a little growth and some with none. Offering more than one style seems to be a factor that may lean slightly to more growth.
Among churches with pastors who hold no advanced degrees, some are growing and some are not. Likewise, among churches with pastors who hold doctorates and masters’ degrees we have churches that are growing and ones that are not.
Yes, among churches with pastors who wear a suit and tie, some are growing and others are not. The same for churches with casually dressed preachers and platform personnel, some are growing and some are not experiencing growth.
Now, I could add to this building configurations, congregational involvement, and more but the growth patterns are still mixed even when several factors overlap, which is common. So, are there any identifiable factors for growth in our churches? Yes, Part II will address this.
“And the Word of God spread, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly…” Acts 6:7