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Becoming Five Multiplication Study

Research Report

The number of churches who are reproducing is increasing.

A new study from Exponential by LifeWay Research discovered the number of churches reproducing is 7% of Protestant congregations in America. From research conducted by Exponential in previous years, strong estimates showed the rate of churches reproducing and multiplying to only be 4%. This increase to 7% is an encouraging sign that more local churches are embracing a paradigm of multiplication through disciple making leading to church planting. At the same time, Exponential's mission to see this percentage to move to 10%+, and eventually to a tipping point of 16% and beyond.

Exponential developed a simple framework for helping churches think about multiplication. This framework integrates mathematical truths into five levels: subtraction (Level 1), plateau (Level 2), addition (Level 3), reproduction (Level 4), and multiplication (Level 5).

The primary purpose of the Becoming Five Multiplication Study was to measure the percentage of U.S. Protestant churches that exhibit Level 4 or 5 behaviors.

This study also helps leaders and researchers understand how these Level 4 and 5 behaviors align with the core context of Levels 1, 2 and 3. Along with the new finding of 7% of churches exhibiting Level 4 (Reproduction), you will discover percentages for all five levels. Download the full report today to learn important insights from this national study along with significant insights  across the five levels of churches in America.

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