Megachurches, which have attendances over 2,000, have been changing in shifting in recent years with the rise of multisite churches, which make up roughly 75% of the 100 largest churches in America. While Lakewood Church in Houston, TX remains the largest congregation in America, Life.Church in Edmond, OK, reportedly has over 70,000 attendees in multiple locations. In addition, 60% of the largest churches are growing, 20% are plateaued and 11% have decreased in the past five years.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
While pastors surely want their churches to grow, megachurches face their own challenges and changes.
- Perks of Small Churches: Don’t feel bad if your church is small. Sociologists note that small churches can actually be more active in reaching out to their communities.
- Multi-Site Growth: The multi-site trend is here to stay, and churches will need to adapt their leadership development accordingly.
- Growth Today Isn’t Growth Tomorrow: Only 60% of megachurches are growing, so pastors can’t afford to assume that what worked yesterday will work tomorrow.
What challenges does the size of your congregation lead to?
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