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From meetinghouse to megachurch : a material and cultural history

Author: Anne C Loveland; Otis B Wheeler
Publisher: Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This account explores, from the perspective of material and cultural history, the rise of the evangelical megachurch - a church designed to attract a large following. In 1970, there were only ten megachurches. By the mid 1990s, however, megachurches numbered around four hundred, representing nearly 2 percent of the Protestant churches in the United States. In this new study, Anne C. Loveland and Otis B. Wheeler  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne C Loveland; Otis B Wheeler
ISBN: 0826214800 9780826214805
OCLC Number: 51944317
Description: x, 307 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 x 26 cm
Contents: Introduction : building the faith --
The meetinghouse --
Building for revivalism --
The auditorium church --
The multipurpose church --
Building for mass evangelism --
The gathered church --
Building for church growth --
The megachurch --
The "full service" church --
The worship center --
Epilogue : the everyday house of God.
Responsibility: Anne C. Loveland and Otis B. Wheeler.
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