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MidnightsPaleGlow
Jun 9th 2008, 02:12 AM
I was just curious as to how everyone here feels about megachurches (those with 2,000+ members: Thomas Road Baptist, Saddleback, New Life, Valley Bible Fellowship, etc.). Personally, I am against them, as I don't like the idea of being herded like cattle inside of a building regardless how large it may be, without having a sense of intimacy, which is why I like churches that have no more than a few hundred members tops, which is one reason you will never see me join a megachurch congregation, just a whole bunch of people who I probably would never have the opportunity to get to know personally. I'm all for small congregations personally, gives it more of a family setting where everyone knows each other.

SethElijah
Jun 9th 2008, 02:22 AM
I think it depends on the church. We go to a church that has about 4,000 members now. We went to a smaller church that had only about 200 members, but there were no kids my sons age there. At our new church the worship service is large, but they have 3 services and only open the balcony for the 10:30 service. They have many many many bible study groups you can join. The bible study we go to is during the 10:30 worship and has about 15 poeple. They are all in our age group and have kids around the same age as our kids. I like this because we can all get together outside church comfortably. There is a huge children's ministry there, so my kids are comfortable. There are some mega-churches in the area that I do NOT like, but I love the one we go to. It doesn't have the "mega-church" feel. We went to a church when I was a kid that was about the same size, however, they had one worship service and sunday school/bible study classes were all at the same time, so it did feel like you were being herded about.

JordanW
Jun 9th 2008, 03:24 AM
I don't like huge churches myself, but I have nothing against them, it's just preference.

sunsetssplendor
Jun 9th 2008, 05:44 PM
I used to be against mega churches until my current church of
5,000 members. I attend Saturday night which is the smallest
service and I LOVE it. The youth and children's church are
AWESOME! Our church looks like a fortress but there are small
groups for any and every interest: golf, track, cooking, reading,
etc. I haven't joined any but I definitely feel a part of the body
when I attend and not just a number. It's a much better fit
then my previous church of 800 that was all focused on the pastor
and not the word. Ultimately that is what matters.

longtooth
Jun 11th 2008, 08:45 PM
God conducts His divine will in the great & the small. There are folks that will never come to this little country church to hear the gospel. There are folks that we reach that will never go where there are suits & huge crowds.
For this reason I could not check one of the boxes.
Big , little, or middle.
If Jesus is the focus & the Word is preached w/o compromise, God will use them all for His Glory.

Good job sunsetsplendor.:thumbsup:

immortality
Jun 11th 2008, 10:52 PM
the way i see it these days is, the churches who teach the most truth are the ones with the least amount of people in them, and these megachurches are filled with people who "will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people's own desires" (2 tim 4:3).

Brother Mark
Jun 11th 2008, 11:04 PM
When I first got saved, God told me to go to a mega church. It was there where I learned much of God and his ways.

Marvin
Jun 19th 2008, 02:49 AM
I don't really like them. They're impersonal. I also can't help but feel a little cynical when it comes to the huge incomes pastors of those sort of churches are raking in.

Phil Fourie
Jun 19th 2008, 08:04 AM
The most important thing is if the Word of God is taught in a church without compromise, so if a mega church does this (I know a few), I am happy, unfortunately there are a lot of mega churches that make compromises when it comes to the Word of God and I cannot go with that ;)

brokengirl
Jun 19th 2008, 03:44 PM
God can move in a church of any size, so I say to each his or her own. I feel more comfortable in a medium sized church, myself. My parents go to a super small church, about 50 people, so whenever one of them doesnt show up, they all talk about it! I would find that annoying. My church now is pretty big, but i dont think it's mega, but they have the same service at different times throughout the weekend so we don't all have to try and cram in the sanctuary at once.

Marvin
Jun 19th 2008, 11:01 PM
Everyone talking about it could be a good thing though. At least everyone is held accountable and it encourages people to go every week.

markedward
Jun 20th 2008, 01:52 AM
I selected "don't like them."

When I was in middle school, I went to a fairly large church. At the time, it wasn't too big. In high school I moved and went to a smaller church; it was much easier for me to make friends in the church, both in my age group, and younger and older. After high school, I moved for college to the same town where my first church was; it had grown ridiculously large over the past four years and is probably on the side of being a smaller "megachurch." I went back to it a few times, but it was just too hard to get into the groove; due to events that took place while I was gone, the church had nearly quadrupled in congregation size, so you're not likely to see the same person twice in a row.

sunsetssplendor
Jun 20th 2008, 06:06 PM
I don't really like them. They're impersonal. I also can't help but feel a little cynical when it comes to the huge incomes pastors of those sort of churches are raking in.


Agree but my pastor lives in a modest house and dresses plain -
no flashy suits for him and on his birthday I held my breath waiting
for the request of money in the amount of his age but instead
we sang happy birthday to him and that was it. I was sick of
churches where they wanted you to give on pastor's birthday,
anniversary, pastor's wife birthday etc. I really love my church
and will miss it when we relocate.

Brother Mark
Jun 21st 2008, 04:06 AM
Like a friend of mine once said about pastors, Lord, you keep em humble and we'll keep em poor. ;) The love of money can go both ways. I don't want to be a part of a church that is always asking for money. But neither do I want to be a part of a church that wishes to keep a pastor's income low.

Drums4Him
Jun 23rd 2008, 03:31 AM
as long as the church believes in one God, (Father,Son and Holy Spirit). And also believes that the Bible is inspired by God and is the only authority for what they teach, preach and practice. And also that they believe that God loves us unconditionally. Some Megachurches, like Joel Osteen's, I would be hesitant to go to.

theBelovedDisciple
Jun 27th 2008, 04:17 AM
the way i see it these days is, the churches who teach the most truth are the ones with the least amount of people in them, and these megachurches are filled with people who "will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people's own desires" (2 tim 4:3).


I agree.:agree::agree:

SethElijah
Jun 27th 2008, 02:16 PM
I never liked the large churches until I started going to my church. I feel like grouping all very large churches in the same realm is like grouping all people in the same realm. There are some bad apples in every bunch, I have been to some smaller churches with crazy people as well.

Whispering Grace
Jul 1st 2008, 02:05 PM
I went to a "megachurch" (4000+ members) for 3 years and completely slipped through the cracks. I found no intimacy or close fellowship the entire time I was there.

I now belong to a church that runs about 80, and I absolutely love it. I would never, ever belong to a huge church again.

I know the people in my church very well. We pray for one another, carry each other's burdens, support and encourage one another, etc. And it is truly a blessing celebrating and worshiping the Lord with these brothers and sisters I've grown so close to.

tango
Jul 5th 2008, 05:09 PM
I have limited experience of what might be called "mega churches" in that I visited one, when a service was not in progress, with a friend of mine, before I came back to God.

That said the church felt more like a conference centre than a place of worship and gave me the distinct impression that everybody knew lots of people by name but very few people closely. Despite not being a Christian I could still sense the peace in other (smaller) churches.

Another thing which worried me was that my friend described, as if it were a good thing, how the senior pastor flew to so many places that he had executive club membership with numerous airlines. The first thing I wondered is whether the senior pastor actually spent any time with his own congregation.

I'm not going to judge every single large church by limited experience of one, but personally I'd be wary about churches getting too big and too impersonal.

Ayala
Jul 11th 2008, 03:21 AM
Indifferent. If you find connection with God at a megachurch, sweet. I simply prefer my small church.