This book by Charles Arn looks at starting a new service from an American and a conservative perspectivebut it does have some advice that applies to the main-line Canadian scene.
He starts right out by identifying churches that should not add a new service:
Present attendance not necessarily a factor
When do you add a service? Here are Arns insights:
* If your attendance averages less than 20 percent of sanctuary capacity, you are in desperate need of a new service. YOU WILL NOT GROW without onemore likely will decline and die.
* If your attendance averages 20 to 40 percent of sanctuary capacity, a new service is more likely to grow than your present service.
* If attendance averages 40 to 60 percent, a new service will probably add people without reducing the growth potential of your present service.
* If attendance at your present service is 60 to 80 percent, a new service will likely take people away, and may drop you into the 20-40 percent range where growth is more difficult If attendance is growing, plan for an identical service shortly. If attendance has been plateaued, you do need a new service if you want total attendance to grow.
* If attendance approaches 80 percent or more, add an identical service immediately.
A new service is one significantly different from your current service, one reaching out to a new audience. An identical service is a carbon copy of what you are doing.
When looking at capacity, remember people need more space today that when your church was built. An eight-foot pew would seat five people at one time. Today, more than three people and it becomes uncomfortable.
The advantages of a new service
There are a number of advantages that come with introducing a new service.
While slow reading in some parts and based on the American situation where a much higher percentage of the population do attend church, the research behind this book makes it well worth looking at.
From News 6.1
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