Flexible megachurches rival denominations

Swift adaptability
Displaying swift adaptability in the early 2000s, America’s largest congregations may be reshaping institutional church life, suggests a national megachurch survey, the third conducted in eight years.

“In some sense megachurches can be seen as becoming de facto replacements for denominations in that they are duplicating many of the functions of these bureaucratic national bodies,” wrote the coauthors of the study of about 400 Protestant congregations that draw more than 1,800 adults and children on a typical weekend.

 

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