Changes in American Megachurches: Tracing Eight Years of Growth and Innovation

Changes in American Megachurches: Tracing Eight Years of Growth and Innovation in the Nation’s Largest-attendance Congregations

America’s largest churches have experienced considerable change in recent years, according to a recent study co-sponsored by Leadership Network. Their attendances have grown larger but their sanctuaries have remained the same size. Instead they’ve added services and more have gone multi-site. Virtually all use electric guitar, drums, and visual projection in worship, and they’re continually adjusting their style in worship. They’re also now placing a greater emphasis on small groups. An amazing 69% run internship programs for training future staff. These churches describe themselves as having a clear mission and purpose (94%) and holding strong beliefs and values (98%).