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From Stability to Growth: A Study of Factors Related to the Statistical Revitalization of Southern Baptist Congregations

C. Kirk Hadaway
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jun., 1991), pp. 181-192
DOI: 10.2307/1387212
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1387212
Page Count: 12
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From Stability to Growth: A Study of Factors Related to the Statistical Revitalization of Southern Baptist Congregations
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Abstract

In this study, "breakout churches" (churches which have grown rapidly after years on statistical plateaus) were compared to churches which have remained on the plateau. Multiple discriminant analysis was employed to determine which factors were most useful in predicting "breakout growth." A set of 11 variables correctly classified 95.7% of the churches in the study. Many of the key items tapped characteristics which predisposed churches to breakout growth but were relatively difficult to engineer or plan. The most valuable programmatic variables included evangelism and goal-orientation.

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