TACOMA, Wash. -- Is it the café? Or perhaps the live music?
Life Center Tacoma’s senior pastor has another explanation why his church has doubled its membership in the last seven years.
“We think it’s kind of a miracle so many people are interested in Jesus,” said Dean Curry.
A nationwide study in 2010 ranked Western Washington as one of the more popular regions for churches with more than 2,000 members, so-called “mega-churches.”
Life Center Tacoma has about 6,000 members. Easter crowds should top 10,000.
“We’ll be having 11 services, in two languages in three sites,” said Curry.
He does think changing the churchgoing experience has helped boost membership. They added a café where the services can be watched, from a couch, on a flat screen TV. About half of the hour-long services consist of live music.
Video presentations and interviews with audience members are part of the weekly services.
“There are lots of people who are wary of organized religion and frankly we are too,” said Curry.
He expects the church to keep growing.
“With all the hurt out there,” said Curry, “there’s no question in my mind churches like this will double again in the next 10 years.”