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What Churches of All Sizes Can Learn from Megachurches: A Travel Seminar (RS-686)

Imagine a congregation where 10,000 people gather each week for worship, where church budgets are $15 million a year and where thousands of people volunteer for programs weekly. Welcome to the world of megachurches. The past forty years have seen a proliferation of these massive congregations throughout the nation. There are over 1300 of these congregations in the U.S., and while they are less than half a percent of all congregations, they attract more attention than all other religious communities in the nation combined. This course will examine the phenomenon to understand the common characteristics of megachurches, how they function, why they are attractive and what kind of person goes to them. We will uncover what lessons can be learned from them which can be used effectively by churches of all sizes and denominational traditions. The course will be taught through a bus tour of dozens of megachurches in New England, Mid-Atlantic and Central States. We will interact with clergy and staff of these churches to explore their programs, projects and approaches to ministry from which we all can learn.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.

Instructor(s)

Scott Thumma

Semester

Summer 2015

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