2 Problems with Multi-Site Video Venue Churches

The multi-site video venue church model (MSVV) has become in vogue among larger churches in America over the past 15 years. Some MSVV churches share the same mission statement, doctrinal statement, approach to worship and preaching, yet give independent status to each...

Barna Bungles Survey Comparing Large, Small Churches

I first saw it on Twitter – “Big differences in what small churches believe vs. big churches” – or something like that. Then, I saw it again a couple of days later. So I clicked the link and found myself staring at a Barna Group survey turned into a nice...

Church Membership: 6% Are First-Timers

A recent study by Leadership Network and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research looked at the demographics of those who attend mega-churches, defined as a congregation attended by 2,000 or more each week.   The study determined that almost half (44 percent) had...

Shell Games and Secrecy

When The Kansas City Star published an investigative story a few weeks ago about the secretive financial oversight of one of the Baptist mega-churches in the area, it was as if a bomb went off in the community. The news story reported that several hundred members had...