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I am not surprised that mega-churches should have such an affect. Americans are a nation of consumers. And we have come to see a church as a place to get our needs met. In this, there is an underlying flaw. And be it a fault at the pulpit, or the congregation; it is still there. It is true that a church needs to be a hospital, helping the sick to become well. But the healthy church teaches its members to get well, find what gifts they have, and then use them to help others along the path. The ultimate objective is not “Self.” It’s about serving God. It’s a direct conflict with the consumerism model that is "All about me."A small church could be a good incubator, but not great at having growth opportunities. I would also speculate that a mega-church could be excellent at music, and sermons; but too unwieldy to be affective at instilling the use of one’s gifts. And by their nature, I’d think a mega-church would attract a more consumer-minded individual to it any way. This would seem to leave a middle-ground for medium-sized churches to attract some people, with a desire to grow up, and be used.
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