"They're big, nondenominational, homogenous churches that are all show with little spiritual depth.
That's what some might assume about the nation's megachurches, but scholar Scott Thumma is out to bash the stereotypes and explain the churches' appeal.
'Everybody takes those general characteristics and applies them to all megachurches,' he said.
Yes, they're big, he says, but only 5 percent have 3,000 seats or more, and only two or three can seat 10,000 at one service.
He and Dave Travis have written 'Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches' to reveal what research says about the 1,250 Protestant churches across the country that attract at least 2,000 worshipers each weekend."
I've heard these stereotypes; they're not a figment of the imagination.
My sympathies tend toward the "wee kirks", and thus I do not find myself attracted to large churches, but I do get tired of hearing people criticize the large congregations.
It is said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time slot in the week. Thumma and Davis suggest that rather than being homogeneous, the larger congregations tend to be racially diverse. Their other findings seem to undermine other stereotypes as well.
Maybe we in smaller congregations have something to learn from the megachurches?