Supersize Me! Indianapolis Mega Churches
Quotes from an Indianapolis Star article on recent growth spurts in Indianapolis mega churches:
Traders Point Christian Church
Traders Point’s new church even includes a two-story indoor children’s area that executive minister James Stanley describes as “a McDonald’s PlayPlace on steroids.”
You know you’ve arrived when you’re more steroidy than a McDonald’s PlayPlace.
E 91st Street Christian Church
Aside from adding space, the current project includes building a new road connecting the church with Castleton Square Mall, creating better visibility.
“It was our second choice. Our first was to boot Macy’s and take their space, but God wasn’t giving us the green light–something about zoning violations. I tried to tell Him, ‘have you seen that giant plastic playland over at Traders Point? It’s so hot right now!’ But he didn’t bite. Finally we just decided to wait on the Lord- because Von Maur’s lease is up in a few years. It’s not as big, but that marble floor is totally worth the wait.”
Rev. Derek Duncan, who has seen the church’s weekly attendance grow by 2,000 people since his arrival four years ago. Aiming for 10,000 is a practical matter and an idealistic one for Duncan…”Ten thousand isn’t a magical number,” Duncan said. “We just felt like God could use that many to make a dent.”
Yeah. Silly Jesus. Trying to do it with 12.
Back to Traders Point Christian Church:
The place is so big it also will host regional conferences, such as a fall event with Focus on the Family.
Before I even looked up this “fall event” on the internet, I knew what it was–mega church, Focus on the Family, Indiana working to pass a marriage amendment? This can only mean… sure enough, FOTF’s ex-gay snake-oil sideshow “Love Won Out,” where phony research, sub-standard psychology and a cheap, tinny version of “love” will be trotted out to influence politics here in Indiana. How fitting that it will be hosted by a church that places value on besting McDonalds, another place where you can get cheap, bad-for-you food from who knows where.