Are Megachurches Better?


In a Washington Post story, a study finds that megachurches offer more personal worship and sense of community than smaller churches. This challenges the traditional thinking that “some large churches are too big to offer a spiritual experience. 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.”

“Because evangelical Christians are encouraged to share the Gospel with others, the Baylor researchers found that more than half of megachurch members said they shared their faith with strangers in the past month and more than 80 percent witness to friends — far more than those who attend small churches.”

What’s your initial rection to this study? How would you compare the results of this study with your experience?

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