- CommentaryIn the Age of Megachurches, Sometimes Less Is MoreThis post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. We have long known, as sociologist Mark Chaves says, that “most congregations in the United States are small, but most people are in large congregations.” …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Megachurches
- CommentarySlimming the Megachurch in Seoul and Los AngelesYoido Full Gospel Church is the world’s largest megachurch. When we visited the Seoul church one weekday morning last fall, I was struck by two things: First the church was full, but …Topics: Asia, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Korea, Megachurches
- CommentaryA Crisis of Integrity in Seoul, the Megachurch Capital of the WorldSeoul, South Korea is the “Megachurch Capital of the World.” Not only is Seoul home to the largest known Protestant church in the universe, Yoido Full Gospel Church, the city has more …Topics: Asia, Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Immigration, Korea, Megachurches, Religious Leadership
- CommentaryThe Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016From the rise of evangelical hipsters to the rise of religious “nones,” religion is in a period of flux as we end one year and look forward to the next. Here at …Topics: Black Church, Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Hunger and Food Policy, Immigration, Latinos, LGBT Issues, Megachurches, Millennials, Place and Religion, Political Attitudes and Values, Protests and Uprisings, Race and Culture, Religious "Nones", Religious Leadership, Social Services, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryHow Will Church Plants Grow Without Becoming Megachurches?Six years ago, Peter Guinta and his wife decided to leave their megachurch in Orange County because they wanted a place where they could “be known and know others.” Guinta felt like …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Megachurches
- CommentaryU2, Justin Bieber and the Future of ChristianityWhat exactly is the shelf life of a headlining rock band and an equally headline-grabbing pastor? When I heard that U2 had summoned megachurch pastor Rick Warren to minister to them in …Topics: Branding and Marketing, Creativity and Innovation, Media, Megachurches
- MapCalifornia MegachurchesMegachurches Adapted from the description provided by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. When researchers talk about “megachurches,” they are generally referring to any Protestant congregation with a sustained average weekly attendance …Topics: Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Megachurches, Southern California
- CommentaryEvangelical Atheisms: Sunday Assemblies and Ryan Bell’s “Year Without God”“Isms” have a special place in the Western heart, and with good reason. Critiques of Neoliberalism help us make sense of the market-driven ethos, and explorations of postmodernism yield diagnoses of our …Topics: Community Dynamics, Megachurches, Religious "Nones"
- CommentaryIs American Evangelicalism Really Disappearing?Predicting the demise of American evangelicalism has become a cottage industry. Scholars, journalists, evangelical researchers and the evangelical blogosphere all agree: Whether because of declining numbers of young people or demographic shifts …Topics: Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Megachurches
- CommentaryRedeeming DallasThough North Texas is hardly unchurched territory, metro Dallas has become a beachhead in the global missionary movement of Nigeria’s Redeemed Christian Church of God. About half a mile from Fellowship Church, …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Immigration, Megachurches, Missionaries, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CommentaryElection 2012: What Happened to Political Evangelicalism?Many observers on both the right and the left see the 2012 national and state elections as the death knell of evangelical political power. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological …Topics: Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Megachurches, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryWhere are Evangelicals in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign?Four years ago this week, Rick Warren and Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California hosted the first campaign meeting of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Warren called it …Topics: Megachurches, Voting and Elections
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