According to Ed Stetzer,
A new study by Rodney Stark of Baylor University, now available in book form here, is dispelling the popular caricature of the megachurch as spiritual entertainment for the quasi-Christian baby-boomer. What Americans Really Believe reveals that megachurch members tend to be younger, practice evangelism more frequently, and are bigger on volunteerism than those in smaller churches. Oops. There go the stereotypes. And they aren’t abandoning the harder, counter-cultural doctrines of the Christian faith either.
So … call me crazy … but could this be, you know, important? Could it be that these churches got big because of the kind of Christians they produce? Could it be that you grow through evangelism and volunteerism? I should write a book! But it fits in a tract. A sentence actually: Keep your doctrine Biblical, your culture attractive to the young (where nearly all conversions come from), evangelize like crazy, and help the needy like Jesus — and watch God give the increase.
Compare this to a more common strategy: keep your doctrine traditional, your culture attractive to the older members (where nearly all contributions come from), talk about evangelism, and set aside $500 for beggars who come to the door — and blame God for not giving any increase.
Sorry if I sound just a tad caustic, but I’m just sick of hearing people blame God for things that are entirely our own fault.