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Title: Do you know how many megachurches are in your state?
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 08, 2015, 06:48:26 pm
Do you know how many megachurches are in your state?
http://www.vox.com/2015/2/8/8000227/do-you-know-how-many-megachurches-are-in-your-state
2/8/15

More than one in ten Protestant churchgoers attend megachurches, according to Scott Thumma, a sociologist at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research who's been researching the trend since the 90s. "If this group of churches were a Protestant denomination," writes Thumma, "it would be the nation's second largest such group."

For his work, Thumma defines as "mega" any Protestant church that has a sustained weekly attendance of more than 2,000. As he points out, there has been a "rapid proliferation" of these kinds of congregations since the 1970s. In fact, writes Ed Stetzer at Christianity Today, "There are as many megachurches today in the greater Nashville area as there were in the entire country in 1960."

Of course, megachurches aren't proportionately placed throughout the US, as you can see by the following map, which was designed by datajournalist Jishai Evers. It's based on Thumma's most current numbers.

(https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-LgbigMByVgddM86xiAl6YqdKsk=/800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/3388900/there-are-1643-megachurches-in-the-us-and-this-is--1421597535.32-9027484.0.png)

The number in each square shows the absolute number of megachurches in each state — California has the most, several New England states have none — while the shades of the color show the number of megachurches in each state, per capita.

As you can see, folks in the South have their fair share of megachurches to pick from. Texas alone has 207 megachurches to choose from, while Tennessee has the most megachurches per capita.

Update: This post has been corrected to show that Tennessee has the most megachurches per capita.


Title: Re: Do you know how many megachurches are in your state?
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 21, 2017, 03:22:07 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKUhJwy0_pw


Title: Re: Do you know how many megachurches are in your state?
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2017, 12:42:14 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hkGqCk66GI


Title: Re: Do you know how many megachurches are in your state?
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 30, 2017, 05:10:18 pm
"The crowds-at-any-price mania has taken a firm grip on American Christianity and is the motivating power back of a shockingly high percentage of all religious activity. Men and churches compete for the attention of the paying multitudes who are brought in by means of any currently popular gadget or gimmick ostensibly to have their souls saved, but, if the truth were told, often for reasons not so praiseworthy as this….

    Our constant effort should be to reach as many persons as possible with the Christian message, and for that reason numbers are critically important. But our first responsibility is not to make converts but to uphold the honor of God in a world given over to the glory of fallen man. No matter how many persons we touch with the gospel we have failed unless, along with the message of invitation, we have boldly declared the exceeding sinfulness of man and the transcendent holiness of the Most High God. They who degrade or compromise the truth in order to reach larger numbers, dishonor God and deeply injure the souls of men.

    The temptation to modify the teachings of Christ with the hope that larger numbers may “accept” Him is cruelly strong in this day of speed, size, noise, and crowds. But if we know what is good for us, we’ll resist it with every power at our command.

    “Lord, deliver me from this temptation. Give me a deep, unshakable commitment ‘to uphold the honor of God in a world given over to the glory of fallen men’–whether I achieve crowds and success or not. Amen.”

    AW Tozer circa 1960