Pastor and The Biggest Mega Church- Is He Living Heaven On Earth Just In Case?

Pastor and The Biggest Mega Church- Is He Living Heaven On Earth Just In Case?

Outreach Magazine has reported to a list of the nation’s top 100 largest Protestant churches and top fastest-growing churches.

They mentioned the leading largest church as Lakewood Church with Pastor Joel Osteen.

The article at Outreach Magazine makes the point that the number of mega churches at the top are trimming down and multi-site church locations are the biggest trend in the past few years.

 

Here’s a few other mega churches next on the list from the top:

  • North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Ga., led by Andy Stanley (27,429)
  • Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Ill., led by Bill Hybels (24,377)
  • Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Ky., led by Dave Stone (20,801)
  • Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif., led Rick Warren (19,742).

Saddleback is back in the top five with nine locations now. [Source]

Many of these churches are equipped with marble floors, custom made fountains, fancy auditoriums, coffee bars in the lobby with the convenience of ATM machines, of course, to pay your tithes and offerings. The mega church is the one that gets all of the attention when a huge funeral space is needed for a high profile death or community tragedy. They are also ‘rent-a-space’ locations for concerts, meetings, graduations, and etc.- all offered at a premium price.

The mega church is also a magnet to those attracted to the wealth and possible prosperity people think they can obtain. The pastor knows that a big church not only ‘reaches the masses’, so they say, but it also makes people feel wealthy and special to step into a luxurious church.

So, what’s the big deal about mega churches or even multi location churches? In our opinion, its a place of royalty for the pastor and his family who are only interested in looking the part of a celebrity. We realize not all pastors who have big churches are self absorbed but we have seen many over the course of several years change their pastoral styles of anointed filled services to the popular watered down sermons, choirs and ‘corporate’ environment of arrogance and lack luster of the real presence of God.

When churches are more concerned with building the biggest, most popular and luxurious church, the focus on Jesus Christ gets watered down as well. The services become shorter; the removal of the cross (of all things to remove); the worship of the globe instead and celebrity status in Hollywood.

Why is there such a focus on mega churches when God has the largest church in heaven we could ever imagine? Are we competing with God? Or are we trying to live ‘heaven on earth’ just in case we don’t make it in? Then would it have all been worth it?

We are not calling out all mega church ministers. We are only stating some of the obvious ones that many of us know are trying to be ‘Hollywood’.