I really don’t have an issue with megachurches themselves per se. In fact, there’s much to appreciate; it’s amazing how so many people are able to gather in one space – to hopefully – takes steps deeper in the larger mission of both that local church and the larger Missio Dei. If people are coming and growing in Christ, I’m encouraged and excited.
While people may have various issues with megachurches, I think it’s best to simply see them for what they are: another expression of the body of Christ. And we need different expressions that are faithful to the proclamation, declaration, and incarnation of the Gospel.
And while people have their opinions on them including the angle of ‘consumeristic,’ we should all acknowledge that each and every single person is a consumer on some level. Every one of us. And the folks that deny that apparently struggle with lying.
And so each church and ministry – no matter what size – have to wrestle with the balance between catering to the consumption of the flesh and the ministry to the soul.
Having been on staff of a church of 25,000 people for couple years, I grew a deeper appreciation for this church, its senior pastor, and its ministry (Seoul, Korea). Since my departure from this church in 1996, its since grown to nearly 70,000 people and still as missional minded as ever. Read the rest of this entry »