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Congregational Life Cycles

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Average Lifespan of a Church – 75 years Bill Hoyt, NexStep Consulting, 2006 Texas State Baptist Convention

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Congregational Life Cycle Birth: Imaginative vision, few but enthusiastic members Infancy: High energy and inclusive membership Adolescence: Busy building a place and new activities Prime: Creative conflict with members, staff, and program

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Maturity: Well-established staff, program, and procedures Aristocracy: Efficient but entrenched institutional life Bureaucracy: Ineffective, but sustained by good memories Death: Disillusioned hopes and institutional disintegration Congregational Life Cycle See Martin F. Saarinen, The Life Cycle of the Congregation (Washington, D.C.: The Alban Institute, 1996) in Studying Congregations (Nashville; Abingdon Press, 1998) .

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Bill Hoyt, NexStep Consulting, 2006

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Life Stage Categories Bill Hoyt, NexStep Consulting, 2006

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Bill Hoyt, NexStep Consulting, 2006

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Bill Hoyt, NexStep Consulting, 2006 In which life stage is your Congregation?

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