Size matters: Small group Bible study from Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church
Kent Shaffer at ChurchRelevance.com has posted a teaser of the Top 100 Churches list published annually by Outreach Magazine. You can read his listing of the Top 15, and you’ll notice the following:
- Lakewood (Joel Osteen) stays at #1 for the third year in a row, with no one else even close
- Ed Young’s Second Baptist Church of Houston captures the #2 spot from Willow Creek
- Andy Stanley’s Northpoint Community Church (including Billings Bridge and Buckhead) has ascended from #12 (2006) to #7 (last year) to #3
- Willow Creek (Bill Hybels) has slipped to #4
- Lifechurch.tv (Craig Groeschel’s 11 locations) stays locked at #5 for the second year
- Saddleback (Rick Warren) is #8
In a reply to a comment, Kent points out you need at least 7,000 people to be considered. (Given that, I don’t think one single church in Canada would qualify.) Questions:
- Have you felt a desire to visit a megachurch?
- If you were a seeker, would the megachurch experience somewhat alter your understanding of basic Christianity?
- If you go to a smaller church, do you envy people who are part of these congregations or do you think they should be envying you?
- Is your general attitude, “Who cares?” Are you somewhat unimpressed by this preoccupation with size?