Large Church Gets Larger, Defying Trend

[ Listen to a short NPR report by Capella Tucker on Joel Osteen and their new megachurch. ]

All Things Considered, July 18, 2005ยท

When it moved into a 16,000-seat building, Houston's Lakewood Church became the largest in the United States. The megachurch, which includes waterfalls in one enormous building, reflects a different direction from other churches, which are investing in satellite facilities. Lakewood's leader, Rev. Joel Osteen, says people will feel comfortable coming to a church service in a venue they've already attended for a game or concert. Capella Tucker of Houston Public Radio reports.