Intriguing. I would generally run a mile myself from a megachurch. I have visited very big churches before and was a part of a really big one for a while, but despite what is said above about opportunities being made to connect you, they had all their ministry teams sewn up, and it was hard to find a way to be useful or a part of things. I guess it can cut both ways.
Interesting that the worship style is a big draw for many. I’m passionate about worship, music is my major area, but I often found the bigger church styles too dictatorial in that you are often overwhelmed by a big volume of sound from the front and all you can do is follow it or not. Sometimes the wall of sound assaulting your ears is so loud, it is hard to find the personal space in your head to think and to respond in intimacy to your God in the middle of it. Maybe that’s another debate between where the corporate ends and the personal begins and how they interplay.
The most amazing worship I was ever in was in a basement in St Aldate’s Church in Oxford, UK. No-one played any instruments, despite the room being packed with very able musicians. Everyone sang and kept singing and every now and then a new song or a spontaneous song would rise up and everyone would go with it. This went on for way over an hour. Everyone was in it, everyone contributed, and the sense of being a part of something so much bigger than yourself was dynamic. No big stars, no forced leading, no performance, just people loving Jesus and His presence was awesome there.
Each to his own, you may say. But big crowds can carry a mass mentality and depth can suffer – I don’t say it always does, but it can. I want to really meet God with other Christians, not get swept along by other people’s responses. I guess perhaps there is a deal of personality type in it too. Personally, I opt for the small but intimate and deep given half a chance.