I realized recently that the term “megachurch” is a gross mislabeling of our church and any other church that exists today.
When we consider the magnitude of the opportunity that exists right now to share the Gospel with this world, I don’t know how we can sincerely use the prefix “mega” to refer to any ministry that exists today. That prefix can only come from a comparison to the past or to other churches.
Though attendance isn’t really the best measure, it will illustrate my point well because it is the measure people use to evaluate church size. At LifeChurch.tv we currently average over 18,000 people in attendance each weekend…BUT we have the ability to reach approximately 350,000,000 people currently based on the locations of our campuses and the reach to existing Internet users that are able to understand English (the only language that we are currently using to communicate). How can 18,000 people in light of 350,000,000 opportunity be called a megachurch…instead, we would better be described as a microchurch. As the Internet expands and our ability to extend beyond the english language grows…the opportunity only increases and the comparison becomes even more dramatic.
Here are a couple of reasons why the distinction is important to me:
- “Mega” churches tend to take fewer risks. “Micro” churches have little to lose and everything to gain.
- “Mega” churches tend to focus on what they have (how many people have accepted Christ, or came last week). “Micro” churches tend to be focused on the opportunity (how many people can I tell today, all of the people around me do not know Christ)
- “Mega” churches tend to move slower. “Micro” churches are quick and nimble.
Maybe one day we’ll get to be or see a “mega” church, but for now we are just a microchurch with a “mega” vision.