The Anti-Stereotypical Megachurch

Here are three quotes taken from an article at Chron.com that feature three very prominent megachurch pastors.  See if this kind of flies in the face of what many people think about megachurches:  low involvement, low accountability…

Here are the quotes… what do you think?

Craig Groeschel on “Christian Atheists”:

I believe in God but I want to do whatever the heck I want to do. I want enough of God to keep me out of hell and enough of God to get me into heaven but I don’t want so much of God that it makes me change my lifestyle because at its root I believe in God but I do not fear Him.

Rick Warren on Saddleback’s future:

If you passively just want to sit around in the next 10 years and just waste your life on things that won’t last, you probably want to find another church because you’re not going to really feel comfortable here. Because if you’re in this church, I’m coming after you to be mobilized.

Bill Hybels on Willow’s discipleship mistake:

We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become “self feeders.” We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.

Any thoughts?

Todd

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3 Comments

  • Jeremy Smith May 25, 2010 Reply

    I don’t see evidence that pushes against the mold if we base it on what pastors say. I think what is stereotypical is not what pastors say, but what their congregants do. And as near as I can tell from the studies, the members of megachurches are proportionally not as involved. Are there more people involved? Certainly due to scale. And they have effective ministries. But as a proportion of their flock, it is still waaay low.

  • Terry Lange January 29, 2013 Reply

    Do you really think Rick Warren is going to personally “come after” each of those people to be mobilized? I don’t think so, he will delegate it to one of his staff if it gets done at all.

  • Greg Ligon January 29, 2013 Reply

    Grab a copy of Beyond Megachurch Myths … facts and details … and then make your assessment.

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