An interesting infographic on megachurches in the United States. See some of my thoughts after the jump.
Some things that stuck out for me:
- The largest megachurch in the world is in South Korea. 850,000 members. No one in the United States is even close.
- There’s only one African-American pastor in the top 10 and only 10% of megachurch attendees are African-American, yet many of the complaints we hear about megachurches are in the African-American community.
- My home state, Georgia, has the second largest percentage of people attending megachurches (second only to DC).
- The highest percentage of megachurch attendees are between ages 35 and 49.
- The average megachurch pastor makes $147,000/year. The average Protestant pastor makes $40,000/year.
- Three megabenevolent pastors: Blake (who frequently gives his $224,000 salary back to his church), Groschel (who carpools, shares hotel rooms, and has no access to church’s checkbook), and Rick Warren (who gives 91% of his royalties from his book to charity, drives a 12-year old Ford, and lives in the same house he lived in 22 years ago)
Question: What do you guys think? Can the megachurch model work today?