“LET EACH ONE BE CAREFUL HOW HE BUILDS”

A STUDY OF THE STATISTICAL NARRATIVE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES OF CHRIST (ICOC)

– THE INITIAL GROWTH PHASE –

** MAIN ARTICLE **

From 1979 to 2002, the ICOC grew from one congregation to 439 congregations and 135,072 members. Although the growth rate was steadily declining throughout the 90s, the organizational collapse and loss of membership in 2003 were severe and largely unanticipated. The purpose of this in-depth statistical analysis is to examine the available data of this “initial growth phase” and look for trends and patterns that might have served as indicators and warnings as to what was about to take place.