we help churches grow
Church Scouts bring important information to pastors, staff and church boards about what's working and what's not working for church growth in the Twin Cities. Scouts tell people on the inside what’s happening on the outside.
NO INDIVIDUAL CHURCH has the time, money or expertise to track the experiences of other churches and do intensive community research to learn how people are thinking and how people are responding to what churches are saying and doing.
Church Scouts are committed Christians in the Twin Cities who are skilled professionals – market researchers, focus group facilitators, analysts, database administrators and other specialists – who volunteer time to help with church growth.
Church Scouts is a non-denominational, laymen-led, self-organizing service based on the concept of Scouts: going out and bringing back important information for important decisions.
Church Scouts is one year old – started January 2017.
Church Scouts is privately funded. Services are free to Twin Cities Churches.
Church Scouts does not seek publicity. It just works quietly behind the scenes.
THE REASON for Church Scouts is that Twin Cities churches are experiencing unprecedented stress – two-thirds of the 3,344 churches in the Twin Cities are in 5-year decline!
This is more than a dip. This is a major long-term trend, a major paradigm shift, requiring new information and new thinking.
Loss of attendance is the leading indicator of other losses that follow: loss of commitment, loss of income, loss of participation and loss of community influence.
Church Scouts give local church leaders greater awareness and understanding of social changes occurring in the community and actions being taken by other churches.
Facts become the catalyst for action. Church Scouts supply church leaders with quantitative data and analysis needed to make better, bolder, faster decisions, and to help overcome resistance to change.
In the Bible, a church is regarded as all the Christians living in a geographic area, as the church in Philippi, the church in Galatia, the church in Rome, etc.
The Bible says we should not say, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos, or I am of Cephas, but rather see ourselves as parts of the whole church of our area.
But the whole church of the Twin Cities is so large – thousands of congregations and hundreds of thousands of people – so no one can personally see it or understand it, except through statistics and reports from scouts.
That’s the reason for this site ... to count churches (congregations) ...
to count attenders (believers) ... to track trends ... to spot problems and opportunities ... to facilitate collaboration ... to tell what’s working and
not working ... to give a picture of the whole church of the Twin Cities.