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There's ministry, and there's The Ministry. We always knew that. 

Now we're learning it again....

October 12, 2017—a Thursday—a network of peers, mentors and sages gather to tell stories, ask questions, and connect with others who are redeeming, reclaiming, and reframing the M word.


bell 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. [1]

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 [1]

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?