Megachurches

What Megachurches, Neighborhood Churches, and the Multi-Site Movement Are Telling Us

"The common thread in all of these movements is that congregations are becoming more local. Fewer people desire to drive a long distance to attend a worship service. To state it more positively, people want to attend a house of worship that represents the neighborhood or locale where they live." - Rainer

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Brian Houston announces transition from Hillsong Church leadership

"Citing the denomination’s rapid growth and a desire to make way for younger leadership and a more effective organizational structure, Hillsong Church Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston announced Sunday that he and his wife, Bobbie, have decided to transition away from their leadership role." - C.Post

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Health of post-COVID church depends on vibrant small groups, says researcher

"'Megachurch 2020,' a survey conducted by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability in partnership with the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, found that overwhelmingly, small groups are central to megachurches’ spiritual formation of members." - CPost

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Willow Creek selects megachurch pastor Dave Dummitt as new senior leader

"Two years after the tumultuous resignation of their longtime pastor and founder Bill Hybels under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago announced Wednesday that they have selected Michigan megachurch pastor David Dummitt to replace him at the helm." - CPost

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Turning Up the Volume: Joyful Noise or Noise Ordinance Violation?

"Neighbors in the Charlotte, North Carolina, Ballantyne neighborhood have repeatedly complained about noise from Elevation Church continuing as late as 10 p.m. And between December 2018 and November 2019, police in Seminole County, Florida, received 222 complaints against Action Church for noise issues." - CToday

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Niche Marketing Now Gives Us Micro-Churches

"The Church Growth Movement of a few decades ago promoted the use of marketing techniques to attract as many people as possible to form a 'mega-church.' But today’s marketing philosophy, enabled by online technology, focuses not on reaching vast numbers but on identifying individuals with highly specific interests and targeting them with tailor-made appeals...creating not 'mega-' but 'micro-churches.'" - Gene Veith

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