Although some critics refer to the megachurch phenomenon as "church lite," evangelical Christian scholars say the congregations are reaching the unaffiliated or disaffected by turning church attendance into a more comfortable, positive experience, bound by fewer rules or obligations than traditional churches.
They deliver upbeat biblical messages about applying faith in everyday life and building a personal relationship with God. They organize parishioners into small "life" groups that study Scripture. And they encourage their followers to recruit new members.
Whenever I read about these "meagchurches," I shudder at the thought of ever attending one. I go to church on Sundays to worship God. Don't get me wrong - we should focus on "building a personal relationship with God," but I think one of the parishioners at my church, Tom Linnert, said it best when talking about the criteria he applies when deciding to do something. I recall Tom saying, "I ask myself, 'Does it further the glory of God?'" That's a big difference from asking, "How does it serve my 'personal relationship' with God?
Thanks, Tom. I'll take your approach for "keeping it real."