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What Kind of Churches Get the Most Volunteers?

By August 7, 2017 No Comments


By Warren Bird, Research Director

Our newest report, “8 Launch Wins” (free download below), explores fascinating discoveries about new churches and new multisite campuses. One of the many questions we surveyed involves the percentage of adults who “volunteer regularly.” We learned:


– How does volunteer involvement compare?

– What types of churches get the most volunteer involvement?

– If you send people out to a new campus or church plant, are they more likely to go as spectators or volunteers?

The graphic is one of 14 different visuals in the informative report, covering everything from discipleship practices to attitudes about multiplication. Together they raise new understanding on issues that planning teams and launch teams want to know. For example:

  • Should we plant a new church or open a new multisite location?
  • Should we initially rent and be “portable” or should we immediately lease/buy something “permanent”?
  • How do we become more effective at making disciples of Jesus Christ, and not just at gathering a crowd?


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Warren Bird

Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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