A MESSAGE TO MY FELLOW CLERGY FROM HOLY GHOST PRESBYTERIAN ON MAINLINE CHURCH SURVIVAL
As is the case with many of you who read this, one of the challenges I must meet head on is the power and attraction of three mega churches in our area. These churches boast 2,000 or more weekly attendees. My sanctuary usually has only about 160 congregants on Sunday mornings. And, these mega churches have mega budgets! They are able to offer something for everyone. Their fitness centers bring people in and get them into the pews (where to be frank about it) they can open up their wallets. Their coffee bars, where nothing but the finest beans are freshly ground, provide a happy experience of Christian Fellowship. People know coffee. People feel good and warm and fuzzy with a cup in their hands. People are encouraged to take this warm feeling from the coffee into the sanctuay by carrying their cups there and sip during the sermon.