Presentation on theme: "Exposing Megachurch Myths What we think we know about Megachurches, but don’t!"— Presentation transcript:
Exposing Megachurch Myths What we think we know about Megachurches, but don’t!
They are too big…. 48% in 1999 survey said “our congregation feels like a close knit family” 80% of megas have organized program to meet member needs 93% of megas have small group, cell ministries Pastor/lay leader to attender ratio
They are cults of one man’s personality …. And will die when leader dies Megachurches are not cults Many successful pastors to fill the pulpit Dozens of Megas have changed pastors Megachurch momentum Denominational placement
They are self-centered, only serving members needs Megachurch Social Ministry Programs cash or vouchers given to families or individuals 91% programs for youth and teens 99% counseling services or support groups 95% hospitals & nursing homes 80% prison ministries 91% thrift store or thrift store donations 78% temporary or permanent housing/shelter 78% senior citizen programs 84% substance abuse & 12 step programs 85%
They succeed because they water down the gospel 88% of respondents name the Bible as the most important authority for their congregation's worship and teaching. Sermons during the worship service most often always focus on: God’s love and care (44%) Personal salvation (42%) Personal spiritual growth (38%) Practical advice for daily living (34%) Serious Conservative Christian Beliefs
They are full of spectators, anonymous members There are many reasons for attending Some attenders are spectators Many attenders are very committed The challenge for the megachurch is to draw the spectators into a deeper relationship with God and the Church
There is no member accountability In a large Church accountability is a challenge Small group structured relationships Interest group activities Pastor-elder-deacon-caregiver Humans are creatures of habit Use of technology to connect members
They are bad for other churches in a community Within first few years small churches have a challenge to define who they will be in the shadow of megachurch After the mega is established, smaller churches can flourish Becomes a religious center of activity Gain the overflow, disillusioned and tired
They do not appeal to any generation except “baby boomers” – youth don’t like them Over seventy percent of Megas said their teenagers were involved in the life of the church to a very great or large extent.