With the focus on numbers (attendance), building sizes, media reach, etc., I’ve often wondered if the American church culture has sold its soul for worldly success. Usually, my answer is a qualified yes.
Seems that I’m not the only one who’s thinking so.
“Have we, as American pastors, given up our calling as shepherds and unknowingly become fast food entrepreneurs who are building a religious business and not a church?” the Colorado pastor posed on his blog.
“I know what most church leaders would tell me if I asked this question. They would say they want to make disciples, reach the lost, and help the hurting. And they probably do. But what I hear leaders talk about most are attendance numbers and because our mouth always betrays our hearts, I suspect we have focused too much on how many are attending rather than how many are growing.”
That’s the one thing that I noticed in my time as a member of a megachurch. No matter how many people attended, it was usually the same 10% that volunteered to teach Sunday School, to go on Church led missions, etc. The other 90% seemed to be comfortable just consuming.
- The end of the megachurch? (geneveith.com)
- 11 Things You Shouldn’t Have to Learn from Megachurches (westernthm.wordpress.com)
- When You Want to be a Megachurch, And Mortgage Your Future for it… (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)