Commentary by Dr. Whitesel. Donald McGavran, the founder of the church growth movement, emphasized that tracking transfer growth is not healthy and mostly misleading. That’s because, it makes the church feel it is healthy because it’s attracting people at the expense of other churches.
As a student of Donald McGavern I’ve always enjoyed Thom Rainer’s research, a fellow McGavran Award recipient. H
Below is what he points out his research has discovered about transfer a growth.
In his analysis only about 5% of the people in our churches are coming because of conversion growth. And even in growing churches that percentage is that only about 6% of the people are there because of a conversion experience.
This is a wake up call.
by Thom Rainer …
Growing churches are growing largely by transfer growth. Most of them are not reaching people with the gospel. They are growing at the expense of other churches. The conversion ratio of all 1,000 churches is 19:1. Growing churches are only slightly better at 17:1. Their growth comes largely from other churches.