Friday, September 19, 2008

Mega-churches work?

I have been known to be bit critical of megachurches at times, but this article offers some interesting sociological and theological benefits of the megachurch culture.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/18/AR2008091801703.html?hpid=topnews


"Researchers at the Institute for Studies of Religion, who defined megachurches as those with more than 1,000 worshipers, found that their members were twice as likely to have friends in the congregation than members of small churches. They also displayed a higher level of personal commitment to the church -- attending services and tithing more often than small-church members."

For an opposing opinion, you can read this satire from Professor Doug Groothuis of Denver Seminary: http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2008/09/why-not-start-megachurch.html

2 comments:

Jon Wymer said...

I have a really difficult time swallowing this research at face value. No doubt it depends which mega-church we are talking about, which people a visitor encountered when they visited, and other variables.

Anonymous said...

Would the small churches that they looked at in this study all be considered evangelical churches? I believe that would make a difference in the study. Just a thought.

Scott