(noun) A Protestant church with an unusually large congregation.
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- 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 form:
- mega church
- Also called seeker church.
- Pejoratively called:
- big box church
- Megachurch used in a sentence: I attended a megachurch when I was younger.
- Religion Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Ellingson, Stephen. 2007. The Megachurch and the Mainline Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Loveland, Anne C., and Otis B. Wheeler. 2003. From Meetinghouse to Megachurch: A Material and Cultural History. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.
- Database of Megachurches in the United States – Hartford Institute for Religion Research: hirr.hartsem.edu
- Megachurch Definition – Hartford Institute for Religion Research: hirr.hartsem.edu
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