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Megachurches

Megachurches form the ecclesial context within which a large segment of evangelical Christianity is nurtured. America contains more than 1,000 megachurches, defined as a church with an average weekly attendance of 2,000 or greater, and they also play a substantial role in the evangelical culture of such countries as South Korea. Some of evangelicalism’s most important institutions, such as Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church network, are megachurches. The development of a megachurch culture has, however, produced a significant backlash, with critics often railing against theological superficiality, vapid worship music, and a seeker-sensitive, consumeristic ethos. Church growth strategies that emphasize upward movement in attendance figures over community cohesion and discipleship formation have also come in for criticism.

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  • How U.S.-style megachurches are taking over the world, in 5 maps and charts - The Washington Post
    Abroad, megachurches are often constructed in the centers of cities, where they are accessed by foot, subway, bus or cab. In the United States, community members usually access the churches by car. To provide the necessary parking lots, U.S. megachurches are often in suburban areas....Whereas the average U.S. megachurch member has a middle or upper class background, this is less true abroad.
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    Churches typically invest about $250,000 in a new site, Tomberlin said. A location is the biggest cost, and nontraditional sites are often selected. Members who live in the target area are encouraged to leave the familiar to be pioneers at the new site for the sake of a greater good: finding additional souls for the kingdom.

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