David’s latest post, NOBODY DENIES GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT THE MEGA CHURCH! is up. Read it.
In truth, anything that happens positively in the mega church gets caught up in the magnifying effects of the mega machine, and makes it seem 100 times bigger than it is. But what if we took 15 or 20 thousand people gathered in smaller church bodies across N. America, spending much less time and energy on facilities, salaries, management, and add up all the salvations, engagements for Christ’s justice, WHICH WOULD BE BIGGER? I want to plead for some sanity in the way we think about success in the N. American church context.
After traveling and talking around the country for 2 years, my tentative conclusion is: per capita, per person, per dollar spent, the really significant impact for salvations, justice and outreach are exactly here in these organic, non-produced, non attractional missional communities emerging all over N. America. I am not asking that all mega churches cease existence. I am just suggesting that denominations and seminaries not get mesmerized by mega-strategy when assessing missional strategies going forward.
And please note, I’m pretty sure David didn’t write this in his pajama’s whilst at his Mom’s house. (reference)