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Christmas Tree Shape

Population

The general population profile for Canada, Ontario, and Toronto is a typical "Christmas Tree" shaped. Surprisingly, the lower part of the population (now called the Millenniums, though formerly Generation X and Y) is smaller than the central section (known as the Baby Boom Generation.) The upper portion of the Christmas tree indicates a less numerous "Elder" group. Only at Easter and Christmas in our surveys did the cross-section of a congregation begin to match the area's general population profiles. It is a good idea for a church to take an Age/Sex survey of a typical congregation. This should be without warning. Young people with clipboards at the door could not down the people arriving with an approximate estimation of their age. This could then be drawn up into your very own congregational Christmas tree.

"General Population Profile"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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