Friday, September 21, 2012

Megachurch Trends

I saw an interesting article by Thomas Rainer at Lifeway on Seven Updated Trends on Megachurches. I was particularly interested in #6.

Trend #6: A greater interest in groups. Megachurch leaders have a growing interest in groups as the church mechanism for assimilation, evangelism, fellowship, ministry, and more in-depth teaching. Groups have different names: small groups, Sunday school, life groups, home groups, etc. Megachurch leaders know that the health of their congregations can often be measured by the health of their groups. As the church grows larger, it must intentionally move smaller as well.
A very important concept is buried in that last line: "As the church grows larger, it must intentionally move smaller as well." Note that it must be intentional.

I see signs of all seven trends in my area, and at the church we attend. How about you?