I'm really interested to hear what you guys make of these large scale, crowd oriented churches. I go to Hillsong London, but I also go to a Catholic Church near me, to keep the balance. I've been at Hillsong for about 8 or 10 months now, and am just starting to get involved now (I haven't been every single Sunday by any means). I think it's absolutely awesome in terms of worship!! Seriously, it's fun, it's current, it's deeply spiritual and the passion in the worship leaders to communicate with God, and allow others to do so through the music, is clearly visible. Bible preaching is also spot on! Never had any issue with this! I think my main problem has been with the image side of things. It's good, I think, to make a church attractive, to young people particularly, by appealing to what they are interested in: music, perfomances... without losing any of the message. And I think Hillsong has done excellently with this. However, I would say, when they preach before the tithings, and suggest the Biblical 10%, I am left thinking, but where does that go? Do I really want to give that much money to see it go on a new guitar and a pair of shoes for the worship leader who's been all over Europe singing? Wouldn't my money be safer if I knew where it was going, and I put the same amount into charities of my choice? This is my main qualm about these kinds of churches. Otherwise, the size of the congregation is nicely countered by the "Connect Groups" which allow people all over town to meet up in small groups for Bible Studies and catch-up-with-friends sessions once a week, which I'm trying to get involved in just now Anyway, so enough of my opinion, what do you guys think? Do you think the popularity of these churches is actually going somewhere? Or do you think people are using them, as free meet ups, free gigs, getting carried away by the atmosphere and obsessed with the vibe, but not really connecting with Jesus?