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General Interest

12 Intriguing Megachurch Trends

By December 2, 2016 No Comments

by Warren Bird

Does it surprise you that among megachurches…?

  • 62% are multisite, up from 46% five years ago
  • 30% host an online campus (more than just streaming)
  • 57% serve Communion always or often as part of worship
  • almost twice as many “strongly agree” that their congregation has a clear mission and purpose, as compared to smaller churches

These findings and more are available in a just-released, richly illustrated report, “Recent Shifts in America’s Largest Protestant Churches,” by Scott Thumma and Warren Bird, brought to you by The Beck Group.

For a video recording of a recent media webinar where reporters asked questions about the report, click the graphic on this page.

In recent years, Scott Thumma and Warren Bird have been the nation’s most prolific researchers and writers on megachurch trends. Here are several other publications (all free downloads) that track developments in large churches:

What do YOU want to know about megachurches?



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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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