Robert A. & Robert A.Schuller , Crystal Cathedral Outstanding Leaders best-selling hardcover non-fiction book in U.S. history Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church Rick Warren, Saddleback Community Church Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church
Large Resources, Large Staff & many Volunteers Church Size Average Income FT Ministerial & Admin Staff Volunteers 5hr+ 5yr Growth Rate 1,800 – 1,999 3.17 million 21 126 38% 2,000 – 4,999 5.20 million 36 236 44% 5,000 – 9,999 9.14 million 64 533 56% 10,000 or more 24.80 million 131 904 74%
Grow through Evangelization and Recruitment Nearly all megachurches emphasis evangelism and recruitment activities Members involved in recruiting new members
They have a strategy for getting people in the door BUT excel at using intentional efforts to keep them in.
They Try to Incorporate New Persons Into The Church
On average 19% of persons in the congregations were of the non-majority racial group. 36% of churches reported having a 20% or more minority presence. 10 % of congregations claimed to have no majority racial group. Intentionally Becoming More Multi-Ethnic
The megachurches with the highest rate of growth are the most likely to consistently use contemporary forms of worship. Percent Saying Always Or Often Contemporary Forms of Worship. always often
The megachurches with the highest rate of growth are the most likely to consistently use contemporary forms of worship. Contemporary Forms of Worship.
The megachurches exhibit great adaptation to cultural changes Growing Willingness to Change Worship Style 2000 2005 No Change 22% 15% Changed a little 37% 26% Changed some 21% 36% Changed a lot 21% 23%
Mega Church attendees responses Worship Services That Helps Attendees With Everyday Life
tremendous emphasis on what the audience THINKS as relevant, “the audience, not the message is sovereign”
(George Barna, Marketing The Church )
Willow Creek set out explicitly to research what people did and didn't like about going to church, and tailored their services accordingly.
“ In fact, it is possible to be so relevant that one becomes irrelevant because you are merely telling people what they already know, and not what they need to hear” (Kirk Wellum, An Evaluation of the Church Growth Movement)
Distraction from the FULL MESSAGE though secondary activities
“ contemporary Christian concerts,
creative presentations that utilize drama,
Some Dangers to Consider “ The list of activities can sound like the offerings at a Club Med or a small liberal arts college: poetry workshops, creative writing, singles groups, job fairs, vocational training, musical lessons, and even auto repair clinics.” “ Mega-churches also often have a virtually complete social environment, featuring sports and recreation facilities such as basketball courts, pools, or roller-skating rinks. ( God on a Grand Scale, Mega-Churches Grow Bigger and Bigger , Oliver Libaw, abcnews.com)