ON THE CURVE
The Well Curve
In a classic bell curve distribution of congregations by size, there would be a few large churches, a few small ones, and a lot of medium-sized congregations in the middle. This is not the case.
The vast majority of congregations—more than 80 percent—have fewer than 250 regular participants...60 percent have fewer than a hundred. 
The model looks more like a well curve with some big churches on one end, and a whole lot of tiny congregations on the other, with a hole in the middle where expect to find the medium-sized churches.
In case you're wondering, among congregations founded from 1990 on:
- 30 percent involve 50 or fewer participants
- 27 percent involve 51-100
- 18 percent involve 101-250
- 21-and-a-half percent involve 251-1,000
- 15-and-a-half percent involve more than 1,000 
What does this model predict about finding a path into the ministry as a career?
How does this affect the practices we think of when we think about ministry and the ministry?