How Growing Multisite Churches Allocate Service Time / by Ben Stapley

The majority of churches have three elements in a service - worship, *hosting and a message. These three elements go by different names like singing, announcements and preaching. And sometimes there are additional unique elements like baptism, communion and budget votes in a service. But generally speaking the typical American church service consists of these three elements.

*Hosting includes meeting & greet, offering, announcements & dismissal

I wanted to know how thriving multisite churches allocated service time to these elements. So I asked them. The results were shocking. On average these churches had…

  • Service 69 minutes

  • Worship 22.3 minutes

  • Hosting 6 minutes

  • Message 40.7 minutes

Below is a breakdown of each church.

Service 65

Worship 23

Hosting 9

Message 33

Service 60

Worship 16

Hosting 4

Message 40

Service 88

Worship 30

Hosting 8

Message 50

Services 64

Worship 25

Hosting 4

Message 35

Services 75

Worship 28

Hosting 7

Message 40

Service 69

Worship 16

Hosting 6

Message 47

Service 75

Worship 23

Hosting 7

Message 45

Services 65

Worship 22

Hosting 8

Message 35

Services 65

Worship 20

Hosting 8

Message 37

Services 70

Worship 22

Hosting 3

Message 45