An article in USA Today suggests that megachurches may be taking micro dips in attendance. While the number of megachurches has grown (from 600 in 2000 to more than 1,250 in 2005), recent data indicate attendance growth rates are slowing or have stalled. You can read the full article here.
You can create a church that’s big, but is still not transforming people. Without transformation, the Christian message is not advanced.
I don’t think megachurches will vanish any time soon. Nor do I believe they should. But one of the weaknesses of these larger churches is the tendency to drift towards a transactional environment – a feel good show and message in exchange for bodies in the seats
I agree with Dr. Stetzer – all churches (large and small) should be places of transformation, not transaction. The body of believers should exemplify how God can transform people. When churches simply transact for attendees, growth will ultimately stall.
What do you think? Is the megachurch trend slowing? Will they take on different forms, such as multi-sites? What will the future hold for these larger congregations?