Some rules of thumb for churches

Let me think of some “rules of thumb” that could help church planters, church administrators, ministers or the like —

  1. Allow 11 square feet per adult in a worship setting. A children’s venue requires more space. I think this assumes chairs. This might be a good measure for weddings, too.
  2. In pews, allow three feet per person.
  3. When a church is 80% occupied, it is considered full to most people.
  4. Carrying goods to set up Sunday morning worship? Try to hold carrying to 10% of a person’s body weight.
  5. Most small Protestant churches function on $7 to $10 per attendee per week. Heaven help us! Large churches take more per person.

I’ve picked these up from various places; as I find them I’ll add the sources.

Author: Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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