MacNair offers an insightful tour of the mega-church in the United States and considers its place in American Christianity.
Wilmer E. MacNair is a retired associate professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has served as a part-time and interim pastor on many occasions. He has published several works, including the books Basic Thinking: On Beginning at the Beginning in Thinking about Social and Economic Problems and The Ten Commandments and the Crisis of Community in America.
"MacNair (sociology, U. of Louisiana at Lafayette, retired) shows how American mega-churches continue to grow in popularity despite the fact that these organizations distort Christian values and traditions by following traditional business models. Written for general readers, this book explores the organizational approach to Christian leadership by analyzing sermons, music, groups and services, messages and values and the physical meeting place. The author uses his own experiences as a faith leader and social scientist to question the relationship between fundraising and traditional belief systems." - Reference & Research Book News