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Church Construction a Billion Dollar Business

Posted by libhom Saturday, February 09, 2008

Hat tip to BlueCoffee for this one. From the Lambert, Edwards and Associates prospectus on Church-Construction Financing Futures (2005-2010) issued on April 1, 2006.

We believe the annual financing opportunity for the church construction market currently stands at $28 billion annually. We anticipate this market will grow at a rate in excess of 40% over the next five years to $40 billion by 2010, according to our proprietary church finance market (CFM)™ model.

Our forecast is driven by three primary factors: Exponential growth in church attendance within specific segments of the non-denominational and evangelical church population; the trend toward non-traditionalist, unconventional forums of worship, highlighted by the rise of the modern “mega-church” and; the marked growth in financial contributions to churches, specifically within certain non-denominational sects characterized by a younger, upwardly-mobile demographic commonly found in suburban or newly developed localities. [...]

Non-denominational membership doubled between 1990 and 2001, according to our analysis. We believe the growth in attendance at non-denominational churches marks the emergence of a broader trend in which denominational affiliation is perceived as an unnecessary limiting factor in attracting new members. We believe the notable success of non-denominational mega-churches throughout the country is supporting evidence of this trend. While church attendance at the average American church increased by 12% between 2000 and 2005, average church attendance at mega-churches across the country increased by an astounding 57.3%.

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Most atheists have realized what a racket religion can be. Just the construction of megalomaniacal megachurches is a billion dollar business. Christians try to justify their faith by saying how much churches help the poor, but look where so much of the money is going. It reminds me of the Middle Ages where the Catholic Church built enormous, ornate cathedrals while most people were in miserable poverty.

 

3 comments

  1. Lew Scannon Says:
  2. Another example of the SUV driving, McMansion owning Wal-Mart shopping American viewpoint that bigger is better.

     
  3. libhom Says:
  4. BTW, The Bigger The Better is the name of a famous old gay porno film.

     
  5. Chandira Says:
  6. Ack. Yes. Money isn't evil, but the people that get greedy for it sure are, no matter what their religion.

    Christians can be particularly bad, with all their false profits.

     

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