I haven’t looked at the specifics, but this seems to be a rather large research project with a significant study set (24,900).
Profile of all U.S. Megachurches
Hartford Institute for Religion Research
From the blog, An Unapproved Road, here is a great piece on the effects of American Idol finalists Kris and Adam and their relationship and because of that relationship (between a Christian and the oh so talented and presumed to be gay guy) there is a shifting in the culture.
Read: We Get to Carry Each Other
A couple paragraphs:
Countless commentators wanted the Idol competition to be about more than just singing. With Danny Gokey rounding out the Top Three, many wanted to make it a tally of endorsements for, oh, shall we call it â€œlifestyles?â€ You know, Danny (and likewise Kris, the dark horse bringing up the rear), the card-carrying Christian versus Adam the flamboyant one who hasnâ€™t said heâ€™s gay.
Let us pause to decode that snapshot of American pop culture. In social shorthand, those characterizations imply juxtapositions, i.e. a Christian canâ€™t be flamboyant, and the one who â€œlooks gayâ€ canâ€™t (or wouldnâ€™t) be Christian; or, the one is restrained, temperate, and â€œgood,â€ the other is â€¦ not. (Alternatively, the one is open, creative, and “good” — while the other is not!)
Whatever. Moving on now, to real three-dimensional people, and the reason Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are important to our spiritual health…
I know next to nothing about Kris Allenâ€™s non-musical life, except that heâ€™s married, he calls himself Christian and heâ€™s done missionary work across the world. I heard about the exchanges among the other contestants that made reference to what is supposedly â€œgodlyâ€ and right in relationships, but Krisâ€™s name wasnâ€™t part of that. I donâ€™t know what kind of Christianity he practises, or how he envisions his God. I do know this: he declares himself Christian to the television audience â€“ i.e. to the world; and he freely, publicly, verbally, and especially non-verbally, loves Adam Lambert like a brother.