A few months ago, Steve Lyzenga (www.house2harvest.com) did a survey on simple church finances for his doctoral dissertation. I was on the committee and so had the privilege of seeing some of his results. One of the results in particular surprised me.
One of the questions he asked was concerning how long the participant's simple church has been in existence. Popular anecdotal opinion says that the average simple church lasts two years or less. Steve's results contradict this and don't forget, the churches he surveyed are still going strong.
Steve writes concerning the results of his survey, "Yes, the average age is 5.06 years with a range from 6 months to 40 years. If I remove the one at 40, the average drops to 4.78. If I remove three more at 30, the average drops to 4.15. If I remove three more at 20, the average drops to 3.75."
Simple churches last longer than we thought!