The number of very large churches continues to increase, as our graphic dramatically illustrates. And within that group, the biggest churches continue to get bigger. In the past I’ve written about everything from sanctuary sizes (very few new ones over 5,000) to the first megachurch (start with Pentecost when “about 3,000” were converted, per Acts 2:41) to global megachurches (Korea and Nigeria are currently leading).
But what about the people who attend really big churches? Fellow researcher Scott Thumma and I surveyed some 25,000 of them, with some fascinating discoveries:
- Nearly two-thirds of attendees have been at these churches five years or less.
- Many attendees come from other churches, but nearly a quarter haven’t been in any church for a long time before coming to a megachurch.
- New people almost always come to the megachurch because family, friends or co-workers invited them.
- Fifty-five percent of megachurch attendees volunteer at the church in some way (a higher percentage than in smaller churches).
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SOURCE: Charisma News