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These rules of thumb are numbers I’ve heard over the years of ministry as a pastor’s kid, and in 14 years of serving on staff or as a pastor. Keep in mind these are generalized ratios. Every church and community is unique, so these numbers may differ, depending on the congregation.
- 1 Full-Time Minister for Every 150 Average Attendees
- 50% of the General Budget (or less) toward Personnel
- No More Than 80% Seating Capacity in the Worship Center
- 4 parking spaces per attendee
- No more than 25% of the budget should go toward debt payments.
- At least 10% of the budget should go toward missions.
- At least 50% of members should be giving at least once annually.
- Weekly per capita giving should be above $25. Wealthier communities should have a higher ratio.
- At least 3% increase in attendance over the previous year
- 10% of the worship service attendance should be from the student ministry.
- 3 first-time guests for every 100 attendees
- 75% of worship service attendees should be attending small groups.
- At least 50% of average attendees should be actively volunteering.
- 10 baptisms per 100 average attendees
I encourage you to take a long, hard look at the ratios your church possesses. See where you’re doing well. See where you need to improve.
Do you know of other ratios I should have included? Let me know in the comment section below.