Homogeneous Unit Principle, Revisited

December 12, 2014
Homogeneous Unit Principle

You may never have heard of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, but chances are your church life has been profoundly shaped by it.

HUP is a key observation of the Church Growth Movement (which enjoyed its heyday in the latter half of the last century) that congregations which focus and tailor their ministry efforts on one homogeneous people group tend to grow numerically the fastest. Perhaps not surprisingly, somewhere along the way HUP transformed from just an observation and a description into a prescription, a strategic principle for churches who sought to grow numerically and for new congregations being planted. One could argue that many of the newer church plants of the last couple of decades were directed by the spirit of HUP.

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