Magazine article The Christian Century

Megapastoring. (Letters)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Megapastoring. (Letters)

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JOHN DART has done a great service for the church with his article "Wanted: megapastors" (April 10-17). Seldom has the emptiness of our ecclesiology been so baldly and clearly described. We have not only been seduced by our culture, we no longer know or understand what it means to be called by baptism into the one, holy catholic and apostolic church.

The article would have been better served if it had announced itself as "examples of idolatry." Do we hear what we say when "the heart and soul of these churches are the small groups and that the worship service was just the common celebration"? Dare we ask what we are "celebrating"? And when we talk about "interim leadership" do we really hear what that implies?

The sidebar on "Schuller's glass act" is even more pathetic. To claim, as Robert Schuller insists, that he is the founder of the megachurch and that his "biorealistic designs will never die" tells us more about him than we would ever want to know. …

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