There have been various references to sizes of congregations and to the picture of church as a family. These pull in different directions, generally the larger the less the feel of family. Graeme quoted the old dictum about more than 120 people being a point at which a congregation changes identity (and becomes increasingly an audience) and we have had about 120 on recent Sundays. The reference to waiting until we are 500 would not only have the fire authorities in a panic but such number needs major staffing and small group discipline if it is not to lose all semblance of a family. The Pastorate structure at HTB was introduced to give family (under 100) feel in a large church. This comes back full circle to setting up sections within the church as a whole which has been a cause of concern to some at least. How do we find a balance between dynamic growth and retaining a family feel? Sorry this is more question than answer!
2/5/2010 09:45:53 pm

Thank you, Travers. As so often, you put your finger on one of the key issues - is there a way we can combine all being together (at least 120) with also worshipping in groups of less than 80, and thus get the best of both worlds?

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