ARTICLE

Five Reasons Why The Large Single Site Church Is Declining

News Image By Thomas Rainer/thomasrainer.com May 09, 2016
Share this article:

One of the largely unspoken phenomenon of the past decade has been the decline in large churches located at only one site. Most of the large church growth today is taking place at multisite churches.


For clarity, I define a large church as a congregation with an average weekly worship attendance of 1,000 or more. 

In this article, I focus on just those churches located at one site. Larger churches with multiple sites have largely avoided this issue. They are growing more through multiple sites than larger services.

So why are we hearing more about the decline of these churches? Allow me to offer five reasons.

"Cultural Christians" are numerically declining. A cultural Christian is not really a Christian at all. These men and women attended church services in the past because it was the culturally acceptable thing to do. They were drawn to the services that were large in number because they thought they could escape further involvement. They, in essence, hid in the crowd.

Cultural Christianity is disappearing rapidly in America. The decline in their numbers has largely impacted the churches with larger gatherings.

The majority of Millennials prefer smaller worship gatherings. They are thus less likely to attend a church with a single-service attendance of 1,000 or more.

The growth of church planting and church campuses. Simply stated, most of the numerical growth is migrating toward these new and smaller sites.


Assimilation is often a greater challenge in the larger gathering. If someone stops attending a large worship gathering, it is likely he or she will not be missed. If the person is not missed, there is no follow up and he or she drops out.

The perceived quality of worship services is no longer limited to larger churches. From 1980 to 2010, many church attendees shifted to larger worship services where they could experience a higher quality of worship. Today, many of the smaller churches are able to have similar quality.

Many multisite church leaders are reporting declines in their larger "home base church" services, but those numbers are masked by growth at other campuses. In many ways the multisite movement has been a great blessing in keeping larger churches on a growth trajectory.

Many of the large single site churches, however, obviously do not have other campuses to offset declines in their single site services. It is a largely unreported phenomenon. But it is a challenging reality in many churches.

Orignially published at ThomasRainer.com - reposted with permission




Other News

September 25, 2020The Biden Plan To Transform The United States Into The LGBTQ Nation

Joe Biden is the furthest thing there is from a moderate candidate. In fact, the reason he is receiving such enthusiastic endorsements fro...

September 25, 2020Wormwood Warning - Why Are So Many Asteroids Having Close Calls With Earth?

The fact that so many space rocks have been headed our way is definitely alarming even if most of them have little chance of impact, espec...

September 25, 2020Christian Employees Fired By Kroger For Not Wearing Rainbow Pins Fight Back

Kroger is being accused of violating federal law for firing two employees who refused to wear a rainbow emblem, which they believe contrad...

September 25, 2020The Inevitable Consequences Of False History

The backlash against a “1619 Project” that libels America as an irredeemably racist nation should resonate for Jews who worry about the fa...

September 23, 2020Peace Or War? Does Bible Prophecy Reveal The Next Steps In The Middle East?

Students of bible prophecy immediately take notice of any peace deal involving Israel. Why? Because the Bible says an Israeli peace treaty...

Flipping The Courts & Turning Hearts

Certainly, flipping the courts is very important. Appointing God-fearing, justice-loving judges is a great blessing to a nation. But chang...

September 23, 2020Is Saudi Arabia About To Go Nuclear With China's Help?

Saudi Arabia believes that it needs nuclearization to counter Iran. Who is to say tomorrow it won't be pointed at Israel?...

Get Breaking News