Megachurches form the ecclesial context within which a large segment of evangelical Christianity is nurtured. America contains more than 1,000 megachurches, defined as a church with an average weekly attendance of 2,000 or greater, and they also play a substantial role in the evangelical culture of such countries as South Korea. Some of evangelicalism’s most important institutions, such as Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church network, are megachurches. The development of a megachurch culture has, however, produced a significant backlash, with critics often railing against theological superficiality, vapid worship music, and a seeker-sensitive, consumeristic ethos. Church growth strategies that emphasize upward movement in attendance figures over community cohesion and discipleship formation have also come in for criticism.
- Chuck Smith's Daughter Sues Calvary Chapel over Founder's Last Days(UPDATED) Children reportedly divided on allegations over who should control megachurch pastor's sermons.
- Harvest Elders Say James MacDonald Is ‘Biblically Disqualified’ From MinistryStatement comes nine months after his firing and weeks after he appeared at another Chicago-area church.
- Willow Creek Elders and Pastor Heather Larson Resign over Bill HybelsChurch leaders apologize to Nancy Ortberg, Nancy Beach, Vonda Dyer, and other women with accusations: “We have no reason not to believe you.”
- Court Dismisses Suit Against Platt’s McLean Bible ChurchWhile the DC-area congregation celebrates getting to move forward, critics continue to accuse leadership of a liberal takeover.
- Harvest Settles Multimillion-Dollar Agreement with James MacDonaldIn Christian arbitration, the preacher was granted $1.45 million and the rights to Walk in the Word.
- Died: David Yonggi Cho, Founder of the World’s Largest MegachurchThe Korean Pentecostal promoted cell groups and gifts of the Holy Spirit for church growth.
- Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million(UPDATED) Pastors defend character of South Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, who bought stock from 'prodigal' son, evaded taxes.
- Charlie Dates Returns to the Chicago Church that Shaped HimWhile continuing to lead Progressive Baptist, the 41-year-old pastor was named the successor to James Meeks at Salem Baptist Church, one of the city’s biggest congregations.
- Saddleback Successor Cleared of Allegations of Overbearing LeadershipSearch firm Vanderbloemen reviewed texts, emails, and videos but did not talk to former staffer who made accusations against Andy Wood.
- New Zealand Authorities Investigating Nation’s Largest MegachurchArise Church leadership said it was going to “listen and learn,” but its senior pastors tried to stop publication of a report on allegations of intern abuse.