Posted on 7/26/2012 by Chris Mattix in the Learnings Blog
Who are the folks who choose to attend a megachurch (defined as a church with weekly worship attendance of 2000 or more)? And, why do they choose a megachurch over a smaller congregation? Before reading this paper, I assumed that most of the attenders would be under the age of 40, would be fairly new Believer’s and would be happy to volunteer and serve their church. After reading the results of this survey of 24,900 people over 12 different megagchurches, however, my assumptions proved to not be completely accurate.
In regard to the average age of the megachurch attender – 44% of folks who attend megachurches are less than the age of 44, with more than a third of those folks being single.
In regard to where the average attender is at in their journey of faith – “ … only 6% of attenders said that they had never attended services prior to coming to their current megachurch. Therefore, it is clear that the majority of megachurch attenders are not necessarily new to Christianity.”
In regards to volunteering and their activities within the church – “… 45% of megachurch attenders never volunteer at the church, 41% don’t participate in small groups and over 30% give very little money.”
What are your assumptions about the folks who attend megachurches? Read this paper to find out where you are on target, but also to see where the challenges lie and how your church can continue to reach out into the community, and into the world.