A latest study reveals, congregations extensively expanding in churches of Asia and Africa.
According to details, world’s biggest churches are in Asia and Africa, as the church attendance grows in comparison to the US mega churches. The study specifically revealed that Super-sized congregations are to be witnessed in Asia and Africa.
This survey was conducted by the Leadership Network, which is a non-profit Christian organization. Their findings surprisingly unfold that the “world’s biggest churches are not in the United States, but in Asia and Africa.”
Worth mentioning in support of their findings, is the fact that the world’s largest mega-church, Yoido Full Gospel Church is in Seoul, South Korea. This mega-Church has an attendance of 480,000 people. What is more, India is home to largest ever Christian population in the country’s history.
The Leadership Network has compiled a list, which reveals that church attendance is high in western and eastern Africa; at least 25 of Africa’s mega-churches are in Nigeria. The capital of Nigeria, Lagos, has world’s second largest combined church attendance of 346,500 people per week.
Warren Bird from the Leadership Network says, “The list is not based on membership, ministry impact, seating capacity, or building size but on actual attendance – adults and children, all services, all physical campuses on an average weekend for the year, not counting anyone twice.”
According to The Washington Post, while going to mega churches has been a rising trend in other continents, the larger sizes of congregations could however be due to a lack of alternatives for believers.
The Washington Post quotes Scott Thumma- Director of the Hartford Institute sating: “Outside the United States, it takes a large amount of charisma and capital to create a mega church. This is because there is more competition among mega churches in the US. It is harder to be massive here in the US.”
Scott Thumma is confident that the trend of mega churches in Asia and Africa will grow. “The spread of the mega church model will continue in the developing regions of the globe,” he said, “I expect the most rapid growth to be in Asian countries as they continue to develop and populations concentrate in massive urban areas from rural communities.”