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I predict one day you'll be able to go to church at Walmarts. Pass the boxed wine.
Originally Posted by wistahpatsfan
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This may sound funny, but them mega churches scare me.
They just creep me out.
and one of the interesting things about these churches is that most of the (HUGE) congregation have only been members for 5 years or less, so they either left their former church/religion for one of these or one of these churches was the impetus for someone getting into any church/religion at all.
And the money
Featuring huge stages, rock bands, jumbotron screens, buckets of tears and oodles of money, as well as the enormity of the facilities, pastor personalities and income--over $8.5 billion a year all told--these churches are impressive forces flourishing at staggering rates.
Second Baptist boasts 24,000 people spread across 5 campuses,offres not only several programs a week but they also offer FREE CAR REPAIR SERVICE for single mothers, along with the fitness center,stores,cafes,etc.
Lakewood leased the center from the city of Houston in 2004 for 60 years, paying $13 million in cash for the first 30 years rent. Then they threw $95 million more in on top of that to try to make the 650,000 square foot building feel like an intimate church. There is wall-to-wall carpet beneath the 14,000 seats. The largest of three jumbotron screens is 32 feet by 18 feet. Twin waterfalls book-end a stage that rises and falls before a circling gold globe and a pulpit, where Osteen, often lambasted by critics for being light on theology, preaches about staying positive. He says he doesn't want to be "too religious" in hopes to reach the "everyday person."
His philosophy (last sentence) seems to be working. One thing these chuches offer in a BIG way is a sense of community, a place like-minded people can not only worship but hang out,raise their kids,etc. Most of those congregations have incomes of 100,000 or more; if I ran a megachurch complex I'd build some condos in there somewhere,maybe a golf course too.