Culture and the Church: The Evolution of Modern Methods- Part 3: Mega-Churches

The seeker-sensitive church philosophy has lead to the emergence of a mega-church ministry model.  The mega-church movement has lead to the dwindling membership of smaller churches in that their members are abandoning the smaller churches which they have grown up in for a mega church.  Most mega-churches are following a Purpose Driven or Seeker-Sensitive Model and are copies of the popular churches in this type such as Willow Creek and Saddleback, both of which we explored yesterday.  The mega-church like the seeker-sensitive church is very focused on the event driven service and the preaching of a popular communicator.  The mega-churches have become a defining mark of the church in recent years and continue to grow.

Pros: Mega-churches provide times for large numbers of believers to gather together to seek after God in a large group setting.  They are usually an easy atmosphere for seekers to come into with the comforts of movie theater or other comfortable style of seating, inviting music, and maybe even free coffee.  They usually have a group of people who are in charge of making sure visitors feel welcome in the church which also helps seekers feel at home. 

Cons: It can easily become so comfortable for people that they think that Christianity is all about them.  Another issue is that in a large group setting it is easy for people to fall through the cracks and miss getting discipled and connecting to other people within the church.  It is also easy for the pastor to become a celebrity where everyone comes to church every week not to experience God and draw closer to Him but rather to hear the pastor tell a good story or a funny joke.