In spite of Lifeway Research’s clear agenda (that is, to vaunt mega churches) the simplest of facts illuminates the truth of the bankruptcy of the theology peddled at church’s like Joel Osteen’s- the bigger the church, the less committed the membership. Why?
Simply put, people attend mega churches because they wish to be served rather than to serve. They wish to be the center of every program rather than living the Gospel in their everyday lives. If you offer programs and activities, they will swarm in to be entertained- but the minute you require actual ministry, watch them flee like roaches when the lights are turned on.
In smaller congregations, 70 percent to 80 percent of the members are usually devoted workers, whereas larger ones see this in 10 percent to 20 percent of their members.
The rest of the report is the mumblings of a theological dilettante. But as we all know, and as the above paragraph shows, even a monkey can type a word by accident.
The fact is, people who attend mega churches want to be entertained. And that’s why mega churches are nothing but theaters. Their attenders are not so much Christians as Observers.