Scott Thumma and Warren Bird have released another study on America's Megachurches. The last 10 years, a number of studies have been released through the Leadership Network. The new one is called "Not Who You Think They Are". Some of the other studies are the following:
- Megachurches Today 2005
- Changes in American Megachurches: Tracing Eight Years of Growth and Innovation in the Nation's Largest-attendance Congregations
There are a number of interesting items in this report. Here is a quick list of their findings:
- Young and single adults are more likely to be in megachurches than in smaller churches.
- Nearly two-thirds of attenders have been at these churches 5 years or less.
- Many attenders come from other churches, but nearly a quarter haven’t been in any church for a long time before coming to a megachurch.
- Attenders report a considerable increase in their involvement in church, in their spiritual growth, and in their needs being met.
- Forty-five percent of megachurch attenders never volunteer at the church.
- New people almost always come to the megachurch because family, friends or coworkers invited them.
- What first attracted attenders were the worship style, the senior pastor and the church’s reputation.
- These same factors also influenced long-term attendance, as did the music/arts, social and community outreach and adult-oriented programs.
- Attenders can craft unique, customized spiritual experiences through the multitude of ministry choices and diverse avenues for involvement that megachurches offer.
What do you think? Read the whole piece if you can. I think there are some interesting things to reflect on here.
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