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Why independent Baptist churches are not mega churches,this may sound like a hard question but it is not. Jesus preached that it is better to give than to receive, this is one main reason why the independent fundamental Baptist church are not Mega churches, because the more they receive the more they give, they support many missionaries here and around the world. The more they have, the more they give, not focusing on building a building and having thousands of members. This is not God‘s plan, they are Church planters, to share the gospel and not man. ligue 1 soccer GIF by Toulouse Football Club

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33 minutes ago, E Morales said:

Why independent Baptist churches are not mega churches,this may sound like a hard question but it is not. Jesus preached that it is better to give than to receive, this is one main reason why the independent fundamental Baptist church are not Mega churches, because the more they receive the more they give, they support many missionaries here and around the world. The more they have, the more they give, not focusing on building a building and having thousands of members. This is not God‘s plan, they are Church planters, to share the gospel and not man. ligue 1 soccer GIF by Toulouse Football Club

 

Sorry, but this isn't strictly true. There are many IFB mega-churches. I grew up in what was considered an IFB mega-church. We went from having around 300+ when my family first joined to having over 2K in services on Sundays by the time I was 15. There were SEVERAL IFB mega-churches then. NOW, because of problems within these churches, many have an attendance far below what they had back in the 70's, 80's and 90's. There are many IFB mega-churches right here in Tennessee. Yes, most of the time these churches greatly support missions, church plants, etc. But, the mega-churches within the IFB circles do that as well. You're type-casting, and this isn't a good thing.

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35 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

BT, I am curious. Which did/do you enjoy more, mega churches, large churches, medium size, or small churches? 

 

Personally, I enjoy the smaller to medium sized churches. The larger churches seem to be lacking in some things, ie., friendliness, hospitality, encouragement of others, etc. It's not in ALL larger churches, but in many we've been part of. The smaller churches are more like family, and the medium churches are usually more diverse in race, culture, etc. The church we're in right now is a small church, under 150 weekly in attendance. We unjoy the friendliness of the people, and like the way people look out for each other.

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1 hour ago, BrotherTony said:

 

Sorry, but this isn't strictly true. There are many IFB mega-churches. I grew up in what was considered an IFB mega-church. We went from having around 300+ when my family first joined to having over 2K in services on Sundays by the time I was 15. There were SEVERAL IFB mega-churches then. NOW, because of problems within these churches, many have an attendance far below what they had back in the 70's, 80's and 90's. There are many IFB mega-churches right here in Tennessee. Yes, most of the time these churches greatly support missions, church plants, etc. But, the mega-churches within the IFB circles do that as well. You're type-casting, and this isn't a good thing.

Let’s say over 5000 members to be Mega Church. A church with not so many pastors for one place.

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4 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Personally, I enjoy the smaller to medium sized churches. The larger churches seem to be lacking in some things, ie., friendliness, hospitality, encouragement of others, etc. It's not in ALL larger churches, but in many we've been part of. The smaller churches are more like family, and the medium churches are usually more diverse in race, culture, etc. The church we're in right now is a small church, under 150 weekly in attendance. We unjoy the friendliness of the people, and like the way people look out for each other.

BT, I agree with you. I have been a member of a super-small church for over 30 years. We have been called a MASH church. People come in hurting, get patched up and God moves them on. One year we lost about 50% of the members. No one went away mad. It was changes in jobs that moved them to other geographic locations. 

It is family. For me I could never be in a large or mega church. 

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6 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Personally, I enjoy the smaller to medium sized churches. The larger churches seem to be lacking in some things, ie., friendliness, hospitality, encouragement of others, etc. It's not in ALL larger churches, but in many we've been part of. The smaller churches are more like family, and the medium churches are usually more diverse in race, culture, etc. The church we're in right now is a small church, under 150 weekly in attendance. We unjoy the friendliness of the people, and like the way people look out for each other.

Also in many churches that are smaller you have more qualified and faithful volunteers , No mega payrolls in these churches. I don’t mind those that are serving full-time to get paid, but not everyone should be getting paid to do minor things. Like Singing in the choir.

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23 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

BT, I agree with you. I have been a member of a super-small church for over 30 years. We have been called a MASH church. People come in hurting, get patched up and God moves them on. One year we lost about 50% of the members. No one went away mad. It was changes in jobs that moved them to other geographic locations. 

It is family. For me I could never be in a large or mega church. 

Having grown up in what was considered a "mega-church," and then attending part of my college years in one, I grew to be more uncomfortable with them. While growing up, I didn't mind it so much because I could get lost in the crowd. As I grew older, I wanted to be a part of the folks in the crowd who were living for the Lord. It got harder to do in the mega-churches. I grew to love smaller churches during my first year of college as I was helping to plant a couple of churches. Then, when I was in Wisconsin at MBBC (now MBU), I helped plant a church in Horicon, WI. I was told that it folded a couple of years later because many of the people in the area had moved away because of economic conditions. The smaller churches are better for the individuals, better for the pastors, as they can give more freely of their time to individuals, and better for the community because the community comes to KNOW these people in the church, or already knew them because of school, work, etc.

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