More than a decade ago I noted on the HB that one of the dominant stories in American Christianity in the last 25 years has been the rise of the “megachurch.” According to a recent study published in June, 2009, in USA Today there are 1,300 “megachurches” in the USA. What is a megachurch? According to one survey published by Hartford Seminary, it is a congregation of 2,000 or more weekly attenders. At the time of the survey they found 40% of Protestant megachurches to non-denominational and 16% to be Southern Baptist. As of 2015 71% of them were said to be “evangelical” in their theology. One of the pioneers of the megachurch movement is Willow Creek and it has bee in the news recently. The main Willow Creek Community Church campus is in South Barrington, IL and their weekly attendance is reported to be more than 20,000. There are a lot of Christians in those congregations but news reports that life in a megachurch may not be all it is cracked up to be. Perhaps there are built-in flaws in the megachurch? What would you think if you heard a megachurch pastor talking about throwing members under a metaphorical bus and into a figurative wood chipper? You will in this episode.
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- Dan Borvan: My Pastor Knows My Name
- The Improbability of a Megachurch
- The Next Big Church Thing
- Julie Roys
- When Confessional P&R Congregations Do Not Exist Or Disappoint
- When Pastors Abuse
- Time To Kiss New Calvinism Goodbye
- The Killer Bs: Idols of the Minister’s Heart
- Reformed Confessions