This is a short but classic article in which Arlin Rothauge discusses the structure, characteristics, relationships, and needs of four congregational sizes in a US church context: family (up to 50 active members), pastoral (50-150), program (150-350) and corporation (350-500). It is available as a free PDF download via the Congregational Resource Guide website. Note that the sizing isn't necessarily directly applicable in a UK context. When working with Alice Mann of the Alban Institute, the Scottish Episcopal Church revised some of the sizes down when applying it in a Scottish context.
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A classic in church growth and dynamics10 Aug. 2000
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Rothauge's book has become the standard by which church sizes are categorized. Though this book was written specifically about new member ministry, it contains enough information to be useful in understanding how churches of different sizes operate. The information on new member ministry is very helpful, since it talks about the strengths each church size has to offer in attracting and keeping new members. Short and easy to read, I have found it an invaluable reference as well. It's not something you'll read once and never look at again. If you're interested in church growth and the dynamics behind church size, this is a classic.