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Definition of Megachurch

(noun) A Protestant church with an unusually large congregation.

Example of Megachurch

Megachurch Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: meg·a·church

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈmɛɡəˌtʃərtʃ/
  • British English – /ˈmɛɡətʃəːtʃ/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: megachurches
  • The term is typically used in reference to churches in the United States with more than 2,000 members.
  • Megachurches are typically conservative or evangelical and use multimedia presentations during services. Additionally, megachurches typically offer a variety of social activities to members.
  • Variant spellings:
    • mega-church
    • mega church
  • Also called seeker church.
  • Pejoratively called:
    • big box church
    • McChurch

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Works Consulted

Andersen, Margaret L., and Howard Francis Taylor. 2011. Sociology: The Essentials. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Megachurch

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “megachurch.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/megachurch/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

megachurch. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/megachurch/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “megachurch.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/megachurch/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“megachurch.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/megachurch/>.