Episode 437: When Do We Add a Third Service?

In Episode 437 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss moving from two to three services.

“Without hurting the existing two services, what factors do we need to consider to know when a third service is needed? I’ve heard a benchmark across churches, something about 80 percent being full, but I’m not sure if that’s true. In our context, we have two Sunday morning identical services that are 60 percent full in adult service.”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What percentage of attendance is needed to add a service successfully
  • In what context you recommend moving to a larger building with less services

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “What I would like to see is closer to 70 percent full in both services, and then I would send out the people.” – @edstetzer
  • “A lot of times, starting a new service is reaching a new group of people, so there aren’t just space reasons, there are missional reasons.” – @edstetzer
  • “The value of having two services is you worship in one and serve in the other.” – @edstetzer
  • “The 100 seat sanctuary in a growing church is always tough.” – @edstetzer
  • “Don’t start a second service in the summer.” – @edstetzer
  • “Regardless of whether you are at one service, two, or three, as long as you are on the trajectory of growth, make sure you are creating different teams in every service opportunity.” – @danielsangi
  • “So much of which service people go to is based on community.” – @danielsangi

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Published November 7, 2019

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