1n 2007, 36 U.S. churches average over 10,000 people each week, putting them in a category called “giga” churches. Bill Easum was the first to use this term in an interview by the Washington Post.
Also, the fastest growing churches are those over 5,000 in worship; in other words the biggest churches are getting bigger.
On top of that is appears as if mega churches between 2,000-4,000 are being cannibalized by the bigger mega church, both in staff and congregation. We have long known that churches under 600 are the fastest declining churches.
We also know the average age of worshippers in the average mainline church are over the age of 60 now.
So, what does all of this mean? I don’t have a clue other than I wouldn’t want to be pasturing a traditional church under 1,000 in worship- the odds of surviving the next twenty years aren’t very good.