the minimum size necessary to afford a full time and fully credentialed pastor

E. Changes in compensation costs have increased the minimum size necessary to afford a full time and fully credentialed pastor from forty-five in 1930 to seventy-five in 1950 to 125 in 2003; less than 25% of United Methodist churches today are that size or larger.[1] The motivation for church growth is more often economic than spiritual.

F. It is a major cultural change to grow beyond the Two Hundred Barrier to become a Program Base Design (PBD) church. Many small churches are unwilling to do this.





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Lyle Schaller, “What Should Be The Norm?” Circuit Rider, September/October 2003, 16.

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