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1 Introduction 1 We argue that megachurches create and optimise total environments, which answer the desires of the human heart and generate an emotional energy that is both powerful and satisfying. By total environment, we mean a context that provides megachurch attendees with sufficient

In: Handbook of Megachurches

much smaller churches too ( Miller and Yamamori 2007 : 135), many of those socially-engaged ‘progressive Pentecostals’ can today be found in the world’s largest megachurches, which in many quarters now embrace the social gospel with as much energy as their antecedents had denounced it just a couple of

In: Handbook of Megachurches

megachurches? Why are they able to operate successfully as total environments? They argue that rather like a ‘drug’, these churches emit emotional energy which stimulates intense loyalty and visceral desire to return repeatedly for a recharge and facilitates a total environment. Megachurches have perfected

In: Handbook of Megachurches

things. When I feel the pressure of being attracted to somebody, of course I would not go ahead and aspire the cravings of my flesh, but I would pray and I would use these energies elsewhere. For me, these passions come as an accumulation of energy, and I always channel that energy into other things. And

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

…. They are a flagrant violation of the conservation ethic that is emerging as key response to the energy crisis. Malls denigrate the character and quality of life in the neighborhoods in which they exist…. Malls defy the test of common sense. The values that sustain them have been challenged. They have

In: Handbook of Megachurches

general terms but also in specific ways as they seek to understand how religious commitments affect them personally. The growing up in the faith is an important aspect of congregational education and a considerable amount of energy and resources are channelled towards children and young people

In: Handbook of Megachurches

fabrications that posed him in a negative light, such as the death of his son to malaria; the deaths of dozens of sick people queuing for the cup; allegations of the increased price of the medicine; and alleged government financing for his newly built home with its solar-powered energy, television (see, e

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

. Indeed, he uses numerous images of power or mechanism to induce his audience: dynamics, catalysis, mobilisation, size, range, balance, unit, priority, and order. A ‘healthy church’ is clearly going to be one in which there is a lot of ‘energy’. Church growth and megachurch literature typically argues for

In: Handbook of Megachurches

Different Partners If we want to engage in mutual dialogue and true conversation with Christian communities in other parts of the world, we need to engage in research projects that are of mutual interest and therefore are able to produce the energy, commitment and sustained interest needed. Purely

In: Mission Studies