Overview of Church Size Theory

Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), 2012.


Written with an Episcopal audience in mind, this presentation details the characteristics of various congregation sizes.


discussion starter questions, size theory

Recommended Audience

congregation boards or council



Practical Applications

  • Identify what size your congregation falls under and determine the key issues related to its size after reading.
  • Introduce the congregation board to size theory using this resource.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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