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April 22nd, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

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I’m Curious: Length of Church Service/Experience?

clockI’m curious…how many minutes long (on average) is your regular church service/experience? I’m also curious how it might vary by region, so include your state/country.

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  1. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I pastor a church in Spencer, IN. Our worship on the average is about 90 minutes long. We also have communion every week (we vary how it is observed) so our time also includes that. Oh, that is in the United States of America (since many people forget where Indiana is and definitely don’t know where Spencer is) :)

  2. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Ft. Myers, FL - 75 minutes.

  3. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I go to Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Our services are around 100 minutes.

  4. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    My church is in the northwest Chicago ‘burbs. Our services are about 90 minutes.

  5. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Bobby, came here from your Twitter post - chiming in o/b/o St. Simons Community church (www.sscommunitychurch.com) - services run approximately 1-hour, 10 minutes - Southeast Georgia

    Fred

  6. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Our services run just a bit under an hour. We plan for 55 minutes, which gives us a bit of room for things to run long. Springfield, MO

  7. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Lubbock, TX, USA

    Three services on Sunday AM; 8:30, 9:45, 11:15. Approximate length of 60-65 minutes each.

  8. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Bobby,

    Our services are about 60 minutes.

    Kevin Stover
    LifePoint Church
    http://www.lifepointchurch.tv

  9. Apr 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Ours is about 90 minutes.

  10. 10Joe Louthan
    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Dallas/Fort Worth, TX = 75 minutes

  11. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    sorry, forgot the state/country. Cleveland, Tennessee. USA

  12. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    No set time, just under 90 minutes.

  13. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Two campuses, Richmond, VA: 60 minutes in 4 services.

  14. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    1 hour

  15. 16Ronnie_b
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    In Beautiful Northeast Ohio (Warren) services last an hour and 15 minutes at the most. Have to be ready for the next service.

  16. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Bobby,
    Was great meeting you at the ARC conference. I follow you on twitter too… anyway, we go approx 1 hour 15 minutes.

  17. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    18 minutes of worship…30-35 minute message…challenge/commitment…1 hour total experience…Lifechurch/Tulsa…saw your question at Facebook via Twitter…

  18. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    We plan for a 60 minute service. 30 of that, teaching.

  19. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Beloit, WI is where we are at. It edited that out.

  20. 21Louis
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Bobby,

    Here in sunny south-central KY, we plan for 70 minutes. A little more for communion once a month.

  21. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    about 90-100 minutes. Sometimes a little more depending on how the song part of worship goes.

    Newport, RI

  22. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Our main services are an hour and 15 minutes.

    about 20 mins worship, video announcements (if any) message opener and sermon, offering song.

  23. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Covenant Life Church comes in at around 95 minutes. Broken down, that includes on average: 35 minutes of singing, 15 minutes of “announcements,” and a 45-minute sermon.

  24. 25Kristofer
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    In my church here in Sweden we try to plan for 90 minutes, with 30 worship/info, 30 preaching, 30 prayer/response.

  25. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Our services average 60 minutes. Harrison, AR

  26. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Elizabeth City, NC - We recently cut our services down to 60 minutes (25 minutes of worship/creative elements and 35 minutes of message) in order to add an additional service. We used to do 75 minutes (30 of worship/creative elements; 45 of message).

  27. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    1 hour plus 15 or so in the main services.

    1 hour the Student Ministry Department.

    Portland, Oregon

  28. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Target is approximately 70 minutes with 33 minute sermon.
    Leawood, Kansas

  29. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    58 minutes and 30 seconds… and no more. TV is kind of unforgiving. Actually we run about 1 hour and 5 to 7 minutes, total.

  30. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Here in York, Pa we run 60 minutes…sharp. Approx 20 minutes music, 30 for the video/sermon, 10 for announcements and “call to action”.

  31. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Between 60-70 minutes total. Cary, NC

  32. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Northern Virginia–65 minutes.

  33. 34Alis
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Here in Brazil, on weekdays our service is around 1.5 hour. On sundays 2.5 hours and people don’t claim if it goes to 3 hours!
    Igreja Mensagem do Amor de Deus
    Carapicuiba, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  34. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    We run 70 minutes, give or take a few… normally give :). We are in Daphne, AL

  35. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Our 9:30 service last for an hour and 15 minutes but our 11:00 service lasts for about 90 minutes. Bartlesville, OK

  36. 37Kurt
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Kalamazoo MI
    One hour 20 minutes

  37. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I too came here from twitter (although I do subscribe to the blog).
    We run 3 experiences on Sundays (1 Sat night @ 6pm): 8am, 9:30am, 11am.
    They usually run about 75-80 minutes. We are in Temecula Valley in So Cal, about 1/2 between SD and LA.

    (I am jealous of you 55-65 minute people!)

  38. 39Dave
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    75 minutes in Turlock, CA

  39. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    2 hours…Portland OR…we prefer the crockpot over the fast food…but in some places I’ve been 1 hour has seemed like 3 hours!

  40. 41Kyle
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    90 - Northeast Alabama

  41. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Sunset Presbyterian Church
    Portland, OR
    75 minutes

  42. Apr 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    We run 85-95 mins.

    Vista Church, Austin TX

  43. 44Tiffani Barnes
    Apr 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Lifepoint Church (http://www.lifepointonline.com/) in Longview, TX 60-75 minutes 2 services (9am & 11am) We also have a 30 minute family worship service at 10:15am so the kids and parents have a chance to worship together.

  44. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    http://www.rockchurch.com
    San Bernardino, CA - 75 mins.

  45. 46Dave Helmick
    Apr 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    We stick to 60 min pretty religiously (no pun intended). We have 4 services on any given weekend.
    Hudson Community Chapel in Hudson, Ohio

  46. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Woodstock, Alabama. Approximately 95 minutes. - Working to shorten it to about 75 minutes.

  47. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Our church in Cary, NC is just a little over a year old and has a weekly attendance of approx. 170. A lot of our software and ideas are based off of http://thechurchwire.com. The duration of our service generally lasts 1hr. 15 minutes with a 40 minute message and the remaining is used for our music.

  48. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Va Beach|Norfolk, VA; 60-70 minutes tops.

  49. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Edmond, OK: 75min

  50. 51Terry Jimmerson
    Apr 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Las Vegas, NV 75 min.

  51. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    60 minutes - Austin, Texas

  52. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    90 minutes…Asheville, NC

  53. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    75 minutes
    Clinton, MS

  54. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Sunny California, right next to UC Berkeley, Gracepoint. 65% college students, 35% young professionals. 75 minutes. Message generally 45-50 minutes.

    http://www.gracepointonline.org

  55. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    It depends on A) how long I preach and B) are we doing communion. Normally 60-70 minutes for the whole thing.

    Chris Meirose
    First Congregational Church
    Waseca, MN
    http://wasecachurch.org

  56. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Egg Harbor Township, NJ. We go about 75 minutes. Adding a third service in June which will put us at about 60 minutes.

  57. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    around 85 minutes for us. We’re in Birmingham, AL

  58. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Here in Storrs, CT (USA) at St. Paul’s Collegiate Church we do 90 minutes which break down roughly as:

    20 Minutes - Gathering & Music
    40 Minutes - Teaching & Word
    20 Minutes - Communion & Response
    10 Minutes - Closing Music & Sending

  59. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    About 90 mins, in Tallahassee FL.

  60. Apr 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    60 minutes. Gardnerville NV

  61. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    60-75 minutes, Richmond VA

  62. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Rochester, NH about 75-90 minutes

  63. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    25 minute message/ 60 minutes total experience.
    South Hills Church
    Corona, CA

  64. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Southwest Ohio 1 hr 15 minutes

  65. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Planned for 75 min., but often goes 90.

    Wilson, NC

  66. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    tucson, az - 90 minutes

    45 - music/video/communion
    45 - teaching

  67. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Western New York (near Buffalo)- about one hour

  68. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    We’ve been attending the Underground Church in Asheville, NC. There services are 60 minutes with about 15-20 minutes of music, a few minutes of announcements and about a 30 minute message. Then there is greeting or a special video, etc. (They don’t take up an offering as there is a box in the back to leave your gift in)

  69. Apr 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    70 Minutes
    San Diego California

  70. Apr 22, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    60 minutes

    Wichita, KS

  71. Apr 22, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    atlanta ga
    65 minutes

  72. Apr 22, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    70 minutes
    Life Church Indianapolis, IN
    http://www.LifeChurchIndy.com

  73. Apr 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Mesa, Arizona (near Phoenix) - 55-60 minutes

  74. Apr 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Liverpool, NY - 75 mins.

  75. Apr 22, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    We usually shoot for 90 minutes from the start of service to the end.

    Youngstown, OH

  76. Apr 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    70 minutes - Cedar Rapids, IA

    I think # of services and style might be a bigger factor on time length than geography.

  77. Apr 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    75 minutes
    Legacy Church, Junction City, Kansas

  78. Apr 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Fayetteville, AR
    2 services, 75 minutes each

  79. Apr 22, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    60 minutes
    Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN

  80. Apr 22, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Smyrna, DE 75 to 85 minutes

  81. Apr 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    California, Bay Area

    Average 75-80 min

  82. Apr 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Williamsburg Community Chapel
    Williamsburg, VA
    1 hour

  83. 84sam
    Apr 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    65-75 min.
    Cooper City, Fl

  84. Apr 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    In Yorktown Virginia…55 minutes! Driven by our need for multiple services and a limited amount of time in rented facilities.

  85. Apr 22, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    3 services - 75 min. in Illinois near St. Louis

  86. Apr 22, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Atlanta– 4 weekend experiences that are usually between 80-90 minutes each.

  87. 88J. Cardinell
    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Greenville, MS 90 mins.

  88. 89Jessica Denise
    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!) Usually comes in at about 80 minutes.

  89. Apr 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Used to be 90 min recently reduced to 75 min to make room for 3rd service. Works much better and helped us be more intentional in what we do. England

  90. Apr 22, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    In Lubbock, Texas, two services - 9:00 and 10:30. Typically ranging from 75 to 90 minutes.

  91. Apr 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    We used to do 70-75 when we had just one service. We’ve added a second service and now shoot for 60-65. Peoria, IL area.

  92. 93Steve Kirkeby
    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    90 minutes LaGrande Oregon

  93. 94Cameron Bailey
    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Australia, Victoria
    Planting a new church but will aim for 60 mins

  94. Apr 23, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Cairo Egypt. We run four services at the weekend. In three of them we aim at 70 minutes and our Africa Live service runs to 90 minutes - extra time for worship and prayer.

  95. Apr 23, 2008 at 1:02 am

    2 hours.
    sometimes a bit more

    Gas City, Indiana

  96. Apr 23, 2008 at 4:35 am

    We are in Toledo OH. We run 60 minutes give or take a few minutes either way but never longer than 1.5 hours.

  97. 98tony
    Apr 23, 2008 at 5:32 am

    if I’m fishin’ it’s 3 hrs, if i’m fishin’ with my baptist friend it’s 5 hrs - two hrs extra for an extra beer run and extra drinkin’ time!!! (kidding)

    when the little digital clock says it’s over, it’s over. guess what church I go to?

  98. Apr 23, 2008 at 5:50 am

    I’m in Williamsport, PA. We have two traditional services that run ~60 minutes, and a contemporary service that runs ~75 minutes.

  99. Apr 23, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Fort Wayne, Indiana - 75 minutes

  100. 101jon
    Apr 23, 2008 at 6:14 am

    http://www.limacc.com

    70-75 minutes… mid-west Ohio.

  101. Apr 23, 2008 at 6:15 am

    80 minutes - southern Ontario, just outside Toronto

  102. Apr 23, 2008 at 6:26 am

    http://www.thecommunityfellowship.org
    70-80 minutes - Collinsville, Va

  103. Apr 23, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Sydney Australia, 90 Minutes

  104. 105Bryan
    Apr 23, 2008 at 6:38 am

    75 minutes
    Fredericktown, Missouri

  105. 106Tim Heerebout
    Apr 23, 2008 at 6:51 am

    We’re an Alliance Church in Canada. We aim to be 75 minutes…sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less.

  106. Apr 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I pastor Life Church of West Monroe Louisiana and our worship experience lasts 75-80 minutes. We really shoot for 75 minutes maximum but there are days that we go the full 80.

  107. Apr 23, 2008 at 7:03 am

    90 minutes - Sioux Falls, SD

  108. 109Josh
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:13 am

    90 min Auburn Maine (youth Church Service) atmospherechurch.com

  109. 110Lori
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Here in West Chester Oh, 75 min

  110. Apr 23, 2008 at 7:24 am

    55- 60 minutes
    Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

  111. Apr 23, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Knoxville TN-90 minutes on the dot. leasing a spot in a theatre. http://www.turkeycreekcommunitychurch.org

  112. 113Rodney
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:31 am

    150 minutes - 10am - 12:30pm

    Englewood FL

  113. 114Tim
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Hey,

    We are in Columbus, OH and our service is about 60-65 minutes long. You’d be amazed how much content you can pack into an hour if you plan well!

    Tim

  114. Apr 23, 2008 at 7:38 am

    60 min. on the dot!
    Kokomo, IN (40 min. north of Indianapolis)

  115. Apr 23, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Wow, I am late on this one!

    We average 85 mins. (25 mins. “up front”/arts; 55 mins. message; and, 5 mins. “strategic matters”).

    Our location is Lexington, KY.

  116. Apr 23, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Newark, Delaware. Our gatherings last 75 minutes.

  117. 118Ben
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:59 am

    St. Paul MN about 80 minutes.

  118. 119Kenyon
    Apr 23, 2008 at 8:03 am

    1:15, we start at 10:30am Tulsa, OK

  119. Apr 23, 2008 at 8:15 am

    We are in Madison, Alabama (a suburb of Huntsville) and we are supposed to run 75 minute services but we rarely do. We really need 90 minutes I think and are discussing this need. Our services are at 9:00 and 10:45 presently.

  120. Apr 23, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Northeastern North Carolina - 18 years

  121. Apr 23, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Northeastern North Carolina - 60 minutes, soon to change to 75 minutes.

  122. 123Sam
    Apr 23, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Christ the King Church (ckcconline.com) in Ponca, NE…75 minutes.

    Sam

  123. Apr 23, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Life Church Franklin - Franklin, NC
    75 minutes

  124. Apr 23, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I’m curious, too, Bobby. How would you answer this question?

  125. 126Ryan
    Apr 23, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Living Word Free Lutheran Church - Approximately 80-95 minutes, depending on the message :-)

  126. 127Ryan
    Apr 23, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Forgot to mention we’re in Sioux Falls, SD.

  127. Apr 23, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Chi Alpha Campus Ministry (www.uachialpha.net) is a college ministry at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

    This year we have been running from 7pm-8:40 on average which is 100 minutes (one hour & 40 minutes): 40 minutes of worship, 40 of sermon, 10 for offering and meet/greet, ten for announcements.

    Yet,
    We are making some changes next year, going to a 70 minute experience: 30 minutes of sermon, 10 mintes of last worship song/response, 20 minutes of worship, 5 minutes of meet/greet, 5 minutes of announcements.

  128. 129bme
    Apr 23, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Champaign-Urbana, IL

    Our Saturday service runs 70 minutes and gets trimmed down to about 60 on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday night service (run by our young adult community) can go anywhere from 60-80 minutes.

  129. Apr 23, 2008 at 10:10 am

    We’re at about 75 minutes on average.
    Greenville, Indiana

  130. 131matt
    Apr 23, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Gresham, OR. We shoot for 60min but usually land at 70-75. It’s hard to get preachers to cut sermons short I guess…ha ha.

  131. Apr 23, 2008 at 10:52 am

    greer, sc. we usually go about 90 minutes.

  132. 133Lisa
    Apr 23, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Shattuck, OK
    Contemporary - 50 minutes
    Traditional - 60 minutes

  133. Apr 23, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Wasilla, Alaska…
    We start at 10am, and aim to end around noonish. Lately it’s been closer to 12.30. Worship goes almost an hour, then announcements, preaching and altar call/prayer.

  134. Apr 23, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Life Missions
    Camino de Vida,Peru

    1h y 20 min

  135. Apr 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Farmland (that is the town’s name - I kid you not) Indiana - 90 minutes-ish

  136. Apr 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Tinley Park, IL (suburban Chicago) - we aim for 75 minutes, but usually take 85-90 start-to-finish.

  137. Apr 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Our services run around 70min, and we are in Chula Vista, CA. ranchovistachurch.com

  138. 139tom
    Apr 23, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    75 minutes is the benchmark. North Central Ohio

  139. Apr 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    60 minutes. Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana.

  140. Apr 24, 2008 at 9:11 am

    55-60minutes.
    Christ’s Church of the Valley, Philadelphia, PA

  141. Apr 24, 2008 at 9:54 am

    The Rock Church | Monroe, WA

    + 75min on average.

  142. Apr 24, 2008 at 10:54 am

    normally around 2 hours 15 minutes

    30 minutes P&W - 1 hour 15 minutes + for message

    THE CHURCH of Jacksonville, THE CHURCH Group Worldwide
    Jacksonville, FL

  143. Apr 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    60-70 minutes
    Word of Grace Community Church
    Sheboygan Falls, WI

  144. 145Tracy
    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Anchorage, Alaska
    Around 90 minutes

  145. Apr 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    75 minutes.

  146. Apr 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    75 minutes
    Fellowship Bible Church Dallas

  147. Apr 25, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Bealeton, VA (DC suburbs)– 70 min.

  148. Apr 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Chesapeake, Va. Just over 2 hours.

  149. 150Rob
    Apr 25, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Coral Springs, FL
    75-80 minutes

  150. Apr 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    [...] Out of everyone who responded, the average church service/experience time is 78.74 minutes. With an average range from range from 65 minutes (NV/PA) to 150 minutes (AK/Brazil/FL). [...]

  151. 152Chad
    Apr 26, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Celebration Church, Jacksonville, FL

    75-90 minutes, 6 pm Sat, 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30 Sunday

    http://www.celebration.org

  152. May 15, 2008 at 10:32 am

    New Testament Christian Church Osgood, In.
    50 to 55 minutes
    Includes: Welcome Guests & Announcements
    Opening Chorus-Prayer
    Two Hymns-Go Over Prayer List
    Prayer Hymn & Prayer
    Communion Hymn & Serve Communion
    Offering-Special Music-Sermon
    Invitation Hymn-Closing Prayer
    Closing Chorus

  153. May 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
    Chicago, IL

    Morning Worship - 11am-1:30 (Usually)(Earliest - 12:30pm/ Latest - 2:45pm)
    Choir Marches In (Selection)
    Scripture
    Prayer
    Fellowship Period
    Lord’s Prayer
    Selection
    Benevolent Offering (Selection)
    Selection
    Sermon
    Invitation (Selection)
    Announcements
    Tithes & Offering (Selection)
    Benediction

    -It’s a long celebration service, but that’s all I know since I’ve been born. The main thing that makes our service long is the length of the sermon. Usually around 45min-1hour.