I really do not have a well-defined opinion on the phenomenon that is sweeping our area but I do feel it's different... I'm speaking of the multi-thousand congregation churches that are popping up in a lot of areas. We have two in our area that are the most noticeable. Both actually have their own paid police traffic directors after services conclude. We've been trapped in traffic from one of them on several occasions since it's close to a Baby's R Us we visit occasionally after our church service. Another is in the other direction toward another town. We were stopped TWICE today by police directing traffic away from that church, from two different outlets. They're ENORMOUS!!!!! They sprang up virtually overnight!! My concerns are as follows: 1) Most of the members seem to be content to visit, pay their tithes (one of the churches requires prior-year 1040 tax forms to assure proper tithes are being paid) and then leave. Nothing is personal about the arrangement. 2) The churches hire paid performers and security. In fact, one of them canceled Christmas service a couple of years back because all of the 'performers' weren't available on Christmas Sunday. Imagine that... Christmas service... 3) There's just something odd about so many people congregating to a fairly non-personal worship center. It seems to be almost a 'fashionable' thing to do instead of a personal spiritual thing.... Forgive me if I'm stepping on anyone's toes. I'm not intending to do so. I'm only looking for an explanation of why this worship concept would appeal to someone? All opinions are welcomed!