The report also looks at long-term trends based on FACT surveys conducted in 2015, 2010, 2005 and 2000.
These findings demonstrate that some trends are reversing. Most notably, succession readiness has shifted from being "an elephant in the room" to a more comfortable discussion of what's next. Conversely, the growth of multisite and multiracial megachurches continued their positive expansion as they have over the past two decades.
Meanwhile, other trends have not varied. These include correlations associated with spiritual vitality, a strong sense of mission and purpose, per-capita giving, and openness to change, all of which have remained steady across time. These important vitality markers seem to be constant dynamics in healthy large churches, and perhaps in all congregations no matter the size.