Megachurch vs. Church

New Research Offers Portrait of Megachurch Attendees

HARTFORD, CT (June 9, 2009) — Who are the more than five million people who weekly attend megachurches around the country? What attracts and keeps them involved at these churches? How do their attitudes and spiritual activities compare to worshippers at churches of other sizes?

Findings in the survey stretch from pure demographics to the nature and quality of megachurch attenders’ spiritual life. Among the most prominent conclusions are:

  • Nearly two-thirds of megachurch attenders are under 45 years old, as compared to only one-third for all Protestant churches (62% vs. 35%).
  • Nearly a third of megachurch attenders are single, unmarried persons.  In a typical church, singles account for just 10% of the congregation.
  • Megachurch attenders are both more educated and more affluent than attenders at other churches.

Full Article by Hartford Seminary and Leadership Network here:


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