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  • "People forget he's human": Charismatic leaership in institutionalized religion.
    Corcoran, Katie E., and James K. Wellman, Jr. (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:4: 309-333.

    Based on focus group data from a megachurch sample, coded by unsolicited indicators of charisma & humanness perceived in senior pastors. Contrary to findings from new religious movements, ordinariness is an aspect of charisma, along with the extraordinary.

    Associated Search Terms: Content analysis; Megachurch; Charisma; Focus group
  • Perceptions of science education among African American and white Evangelicals: A Texas case study.
    Korver-Glenn, Elizabeth, Esther Chan, and Elaine Howard Ecklund (2015)
    Review of Religious Research 57:1: 131-148.

    Based on interviews & participant observation at a largely white upscale megachurch & at a middle class African American Baptist congregation in a Texas city. The white church's leaders & members viewed science education in terms of their theological opposition to evolution; the African American counterparts saw it in secular terms, underfunded.

    Associated Search Terms: Comparative; African Americans; Parish; Education; Evolution; Megachurch; Congregation; Southern Baptist; Science; Participant observation
  • "God is like a drug...": Explaining interaction rituals in American megachurches.
    Wellman, James K., Jr., Katie E. Corcoran, and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk (2014)
    Sociological Forum 29:3: 650-672.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch; Interaction; Ritual
  • Hearing the "Hillsong Sound": Music, Marketing, and Branded Spiritual Eperience at a Transnational Megachurch.
    Wagner, Tom (2014)
    Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, musicology, Royal Holloway University of London.

    Associated Search Terms: Music; Megachurch; Hillsong; Great Britain, London; Evangelical, Great Britain
  • Music branding and the hegemonic prosumption of values of an Evangelical growth church.
    Wagner, Tom (2014)
    In Gladys Ganiel, Heidemarie Winkel, and Christophe Monnot (eds.) Religion in Times of Crisis. Leiden: Brill, pp. 11-32.

    Based on 2009-13 fieldwork with the Hillsong (Australian Evangelical) branch in London, UK.

    Associated Search Terms: Music; Branding; Hillsong; Prosumption; Megachurch; Evangelical, Great Britain; Great Britain, London
  • Packaging religious experience, selling modular religion; Explaining the emergence and expansion of megachruches.
    Ellingson, Stephen (2013)
    In F. Gauthier and T. Martikainen (eds.) Religion in Consumer Culture.Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 59-74.

    Associated Search Terms: Commodification; Megachurch
  • Megakirchen als religiöse Organisationen: Ein dritter Gemeindetyp jenseits von Sekte und Kirche?
    Kern, Thomas, and Uwe Schimank (2013)
    Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 65, 1 Suppl., 285-309.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch; Typology
  • "We aim to provide excellent service to everyone who comes to church!": Marketing mega-churches in Singapore.
    Yip, Jeaney, and Susan Ainsworth (2013)
    Social Compass 60:4: 503-516.

    Describes marketing strategies changing the nature of religion in 2 Singapore megachurches. Decision-making is concentrated in the hands of the 2 senior pastors.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch; Singapore; Marketing; Authority
  • Live Long and Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology.
    Barnes, Sandra L. (2013)
    New York: Fordham University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: African Americans; Poverty; Megachurch; AIDS
  • "In the Goofy Parking Lot": Growth Churches as a Novel Religious Form for Late Capitalism.
    Maddox, Marion (2012)
    Social Compass 59:2: 146-158.

    Based on observation of 2 Sydney megachurches; notes a spirit of entrepreneurship.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Megachurch; Australia, Sydney
  • Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism.
    Wilford, Justin G. (2012)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Based on 2008-09 participant observation and interviews in the Saddleback Church.

    Associated Search Terms: Suburb; Place; Participant observation; Urban; Megachurch; Evangelical, U.S.A.; Saddleback
  • The Black Megachurch: Theology, Gender, and the Politics of Public Engagement.
    Tucker-Worgs,Tamelyn N. (2011)
    Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press

    Associated Search Terms: Activism; Megachurch; African Americans
  • Evangelical megachurches and the Christianization of civil society: An ethnographic case study.
    Elisha, Omri (2011)
    In Elizabeth S Clemens and Doug Guthrie (eds.) Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associtions in America's Political Past and Present. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 269-296.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch; Evangelical, U.S.A.
  • A 'WalMartization' of Religion? The Ecological Impact of Megachurches on the Local and extra-Local Religious Economy.
    Wollschleger, Jason, and Jeremy R. Porter (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 53:3: 279-299.

    Based on county-level American data. Evangelical megachurches reduced membership in Evangelical competitors & increased it in nearby unlike churches.

    Associated Search Terms: Competition; Ecology; Evangelical, U.S.A.; Megachurch
  • Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches.
    Elisha, Omri (2011)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Based on ethnographic field work in Knoxville, Tennessee. Portrays obstacles impeding involvement of Evangelical Megachurches in social services & outreach to the poor.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, U.S.A.; Megachurch; Participant observation; Social services; United States, Tennessee, Knoxville; Charities; Conservative, U.S.A.; Activism
  • New research on megachurches, non-denominationalism and sectarianism.
    Ellingson, Stephen (2010)
    In Bryan Turner (ed.) Blackwell Compansion to the Sociology of Religion. Blackwood: Blackwell.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch
  • Black Megachurch Culture: Models for Education and Empowerment.
    Barnes, Sandra L. (2010)
    New York: Peter Lang.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch; African Americans
  • Política y religion en los márgenes. Nuevas formas de participación social de las mega-iglesias evangélicas en la Argentina.
    Algranti, Joaquín (2010)
    Buenos Aires: Ediciones Ciccus.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, Argentina; Megachurch; Social participation; Politics, Argentina; Argentina
  • What Americans Really Believe.
    Stark, Rodney, et al. (2008)
    Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press.

    Based on the 2006 Baylor Survey on Religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Assemblies of God, U.S.A.; Proselytizing; United States; Belief; Denomination (organizational entity); Atheist, U.S.A.; Strictness; Catholic, U.S.A.; Megachurch; Mormon, U.S.A.; Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee); Pentecostal, U.S.A.; Experience; Church of God in Christ, U.S.A.; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Communality; Contributions; Women; Nazarene, U.S.A.; State; Unitarian Universalist; Seventh-day Adventist, U.S.A.; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Disciples of Christ; Practice; Politics, U.S.A.; New age; United Church of Christ; Membership; Social capital; Education; Media; Episcopal; Southern Baptist; Jehovah´s Witness, U.S.A.; Foursquare Gospel; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Evangelical, U.S.A.
  • Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches.
    Thumma, Scott, and Dave Travis (2007)
    San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.

    This data-driven description of American megachurches is aimed at leaders and members of smaller congregations who may harbor apprehensions about this growing phenomenon. The authors tackle common misconceptions of churches with more than 2,000 attendees.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch
  • Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches.
    Thumma, Scott, Dave Travis, and Warfen Bird (2007)
    New York: Jossey-Bass

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch
  • Mighty Fortresses: Explaining the Spatial Distribution of American Megachurches.
    Karnes, Kimberly, Wayne McIntosh, Irwin L. Morris, and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz (2007)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46:2: 261-268.

    Using 2000 U.S.A. census data, shows contextual data of megachurches in 9 states of the U.S.A.

    Associated Search Terms: Ecology; Megachurch
  • The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century.
    Ellingson, Stephen (2007)
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Studies Lutheran churches in California that became Evengelical in tone & grew.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, U.S.A.; United States, California; Lutheran, U.S.A.; Megachurch
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Megachurches in Context.
    Chaves, Mark (2006)
    Review of Religious Research 47:4: 329-346.

    Uses American data on congregation sizes; sees a general trend toward larger congregations that serves as a context for the megachurch phenomenon.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch; Parish
  • Exploring the Megachurch Phenomena: Their Characeristics and Cultural Context.
    Thumma, Scott (2005)
    Hartford, Connecticut: Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch
  • Megachurches Today 2005. Summary of Research Findings.
    Thumma, Scott, Dave Travis, and Warfen Bird (2005)
    Hartford, Connecticut: Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch
  • Goliath in our Midst: Megachurches in the ELCA.
    Thumma, Scott, and Jim Petersen (2003)
    In Richard Cimino (ed.) Lutherans Today: American Lutheran Identity in the Twenty-first Century. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, pp. 102-124.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Megachurch
  • Contending with a Giant. The Impact of a Megachurch on Exurban Religious Institutions.
    Eiesland, Nancy L. (1997)
    In Penny Edgell Becker and nancy L. Eiesland (eds.), Contemporary American Religion. An Ethnographic Reader. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira, pp. 191-219.

    Based on 1992-94 participant observation in a megachurch & nearby churches near Atlanta, & interviews with clergy of nearby churches. Examines the impact of the megachurch on the other churches.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Georgia, Dacula; Megachurch; Membership; Exurbia; Parish; Participant observation
  • The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: The Megachurch in Modern American Society.
    Thumma, Scott (1996)
    Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University.

    Associated Search Terms: Megachurch
  • Megachurches of Atlants.
    Thumma, Scott (1996)
    In Gary Laderman (ed.) Religions of Atlanta: Religious Diversity in the Centennial Olympic City. Atlanta: Scholars Press, pp. 199-213.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Georgia, Atlanta; Megachurch
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