The Myth of the 200 Barrier Paperback

How to Lead through Transitional Growth

by Kevin Martin;

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The Myth of the 200 Barrier

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"This is the best book I have ever read on congregational development!  I wish I had written it."  (Lyle E.

Schaller, Parish Consultant)The common experience of large congregations getting larger and small congregations getting smaller has given rise to the belief that growing congregations tend to hit a barrier at the 150 - 200 attendance mark.

The dividing line in American Church attendance is 150 people on an average Sunday.  Churches below this seem to have a harder time growing.  Above this, churches seem to have an easier time growing. 

Trying to grow a smaller church can feel like trying to break through what Martin calls the "200 barrier". Martin explains that there is no barrier; there are just two different ways of being a church ”the Pastoral Size church and the Program church".

The Transitional Church is really a hybrid of these two cultures, and this dual nature produces stress and tension where the idea of a 200 barrier often becomes a self-fulfilling expectation. 
How does the Pastor Size church culture really work? What are the key elements of the larger American Church?  How does this create a large church culture that becomes self-supporting?  Martin looks at these elements and shows how the Transitional Church can avoid mistakes in their effort to grow "beyond the barrier, and why transformation and change is so difficult."
Drawing on sociological and anthropological studies about the significance of numbers in human organizations, Martin proposes practical steps that leaders of Transitional Churches will want to take.

The Myth of the 200 Barrier by Kevin Martin was published by Abingdon Press in January 2001 and is our 35204th best seller. The ISBN for The Myth of the 200 Barrier is 9780687343249.

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Details for The Myth of the 200 Barrier

Page last updated 6th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherAbingdon Press (January 2001)
Number of Pages136
Thickness7 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code114939
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