Failing churches find new life as outposts for megachurches

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PELHAM, Ala. (RNS) Five years ago, Living Word Church had dwindled to 40 members, had lost its founding pastor and was unable to pack more than about 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary and unsure of the future. Now, it’s part of one of the nation’s largest megachurches — and could serve as a model […]

  • carl peterson

    sort of a sad article. Preaching by a local pastor has become secondary. IN some churches gone are the days of when a pastor’s sermon is guided by his knowledge of his congregation and their needs. Now it seems like the whole thing is a dog and pony show. But I guess one good thing is that they are getting people in the seats. People are going to church. It just could be so much more. And the people are missing out on so much more.