Megachurches poor places for formation and pastoral care

“are poor places for formation and pastoral care”
and tend toward
“addictive dependence”
on their founders..”

~Tim Keller

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150 West 83rd Street, home to Redeemer’s Upper West Side location

Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York City) – The auditorium of the W83 ministry center

These were the words of Tim Keller in a recent Facebook post, explaining why the megachurch he founded — Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City — decided to split into three congregations when he retired in 2017.

Keller planted Redeemer back in 1989 with just 50 people, but by 2008, the church had grown to a total weekly attendance of more than 5,000 people to its services each Sunday at venues on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and Downtown.

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