We just completed the first quarter of 2009 and I did a little number crunching to get a snapshot of Revolution’s present state – in terms of attendance & giving – as compared to the last four months of 2008 (which marks the beginning of Revolution).
The trends are all very positive, in my opinion. In the first three months of 2009, our average weekly attendance has grown by roughly 25%. That may not seem overly astounding at first glance, but it’s pretty impressive when you consider that growing 25% per quarter equals 100% growth (i.e.-doubling the present size) over the course of a full year. What’s even more impressive is that our growth rate in the 16-29 year old age range is even higher than our overall growth rate. On average, 16-29 year olds now comprise over 71% of the entire congregation of Revolution. Even more impressive is the fact that the split between males and females is almost exactly 50-50. In case you’re not familiar with the general state of most churches across the U.S., a church that’s over 70% young adults, with a 25% quarterly growth rate and has as many young men as young women is more rare than seeing a leprechaun riding a unicorn (and I’m not joking)!
When it comes to giving, things are also headed in the right direction. Our average weekly offering has more than doubled (112% increase) in the first three months of this year, as compared to 2008. Now that’s a very positive trend, but it’s probably more a sign of how low our giving was in ’08. Attendees of Revolution contribute, on average, $2.25 per person each week to the offering, which is not surprising in a congregation that is largely comprised of (jobless) young adults. I’m sure it would be nice to be swimming in money, but I’d much rather have a church full of Jesus-loving young people any day!
Without a doubt, we are heading in the right direction and have several big developments just around the corner. It makes me eager to see what else God has in store for us!
Worship – Grow – Serve