The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a new study, available as a PDF, about megachurches. Here is the opening suggestive conclusions, and I’m wondering what you see here (or in the article itself)(HT: AR):
A FEW OF THE MOST PROMINENT FINDINGS:
- Young and single adults are more likely to be in megachurches than in smaller churches.
- Nearly two-thirds of attenders have been at these churches 5 years or less.
Many attenders come from other churches, but nearly a quarter haven’t
been in any church for a long time before coming to a megachurch.
Attenders report a considerable increase in their involvement in
church, in their spiritual growth, and in their needs being met.
- Forty-five percent of megachurch attenders never volunteer at the church.
- New people almost always come to the megachurch because family, friends or co-workers invited them.
- What first attracted attenders were the worship style, the senior pastor and the church’s reputation.
These same factors also influenced long-term attendance, as did the
music/arts, social and community outreach and adult-oriented programs.
Attenders can craft unique, customized spiritual experiences through
the multitude of ministry choices and diverse avenues for involvement
that megachurches offer.