Although many small churches are declining, research presented in this article suggests that on almost every measure of vitality or effectiveness (including newcomers), smaller churches are doing as well, if not better, than larger churches. Of particular note is that people in smaller congregations tend to find it easier to make friends in the congregation and are more likely to seek to make new arrivals welcome. Indeed, small churches may have a number of strategic advantages that are discussed and identified as ways smaller churches can make a significant contribution to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Hussey, I. (2016). The Big News on Small Churches: Re-evaluating the Contribution of Small Churches to the Fulfillment of the Great Commission .. Great Commission Research Journal, 7(2), 40-51. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol7/iss2/4