The Megachurch: Doing What Needs to Be Done

Michael Purcell

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 10/1/1993

Paired Article (Face to Face): The Megachurch: Who We Are Shapes What We Do

Issue: Biblical Interpretation for Christian Ministry (Vol. 13, No 4, Fall, 1993)

God must love small churches because he made so many of them. But estimates are that a third of today’s churches will not see the next century. Alternatives will be required to resolve the financial burdens of small churches trying to support a full-time ministerial package. These alternatives must include the creation of an additional paradigm for ministry, the megachurch.The baby-boomer generation was reared in a culture that reflects the megachurch phenomenon. They are familiar with and attracted to large and complex institutions such as large school systems, interstate freeways, shopping malls, enormous medical centers, and large discount stores. This exposure has taught them to live and thrive in large-scale institutions with their related strengths and weaknesses. We should not be surprised that this mega-institutional generation is attracted to and flourishes in the culture and style of the megachurch. We should also expect that more and larger megachurches are on the way.

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