Tim Suttle has an interesting article at the Huffington Post about “The Failure of the Megachurch.” I don’t agree with the entire analysis here, but this one line is worth highlighting the whole article:
If the church is the body of Christ, then the mega-church is a body on steroids.
Suttle goes on to give three reasons why the megachurch is no longer a healthy church model:
Mega-church size insulates the body from the natural pains and tensions which keep it healthy.
Mega-church size inhibits diversity.
Mega-church size exploits the mega-church pastor.
The essential elements of any church are the right preaching of the gospel, the administration of the ordinances, and discipline. The Bible does have something to say about how each of these is to be done and how the body is to be organized and run. What is missing from this article are these biblical foundations. Biblical ecclesiology has to be the standard by which any model is measured, including the megachurch model. But there is not much of that in this article. Pragmatic considerations of what works and doesn’t work are at best secondary concerns. At the end of the day, large numbers or small numbers should not be the ultimate issue. The fundamental issue is whether or not a church conforms to the New Testament pattern.
Read the rest here.