Small churches die when they stop preaching the Gospel.
bob>That's true for churches that do that, however many Mega churches grow preaching fell good sermons, hitting the high lights in milk fashion and leaving the "bad" thow shalt not" out. I think a church grows via the youth department, if you have a good one, the kids will come and then their parents will come. Many of the older churches are in the old dead areas of town, most the kids are grown and moved off and live in the better parts of town.
Mega-churches that are only doing "milk" at best are just setting people up "to be driven by the winds of diverse doctrines" and at worst leading people down the wrong path.
bob>Not much path leading, but a lot of milk and feel good preaching, it's what the people want, not what God wants, yet, still many are brought to Christ, so I don't want them to stop. The older churches won't reach them.
Here in WV the small church is still king. And they aren't preaching pablum. The mega-churches can be found, but only in the cities. I wonder how difficult it is for a pastor to minister to a crowd of thousands.
bob>My mega church is about 8000 and they have a wrath of lower pastors who never preach but run the school, youth departments, buses, grounds, hospitals and so on. No pastoring really, they know the volenteers they lead over the various duties they are assigned.
I've only seen one small church close and it was due to damages to the building that was more than the congregation could afford to fix, not because of the preaching or not meeting needs of the people.
bob>What are the main religions in your area? We have a bunch of small churches closing in the Tulsa area and they "give" themselves to one of the mega churches or else they just close their doors.
I guess the point I am trying to make is are they reaching the people because of the Gospel or because of the comfortable trapping of the church?
bob>Good point! Mega offers a lot, but no sunday school for adults, just the kids, which is really kid church as kids aren not allowed in the big services.
My counter question would be, what's the difference in a milk only church and no church. Anything on a diet of milk only diet eventually starves to death.
bob>We all start on milk and some will move to higher teaching churches at some point. But,most stay with milk and that's better than nothing and those on mild are saved, right?