Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered: Millennials and Social Change in African Perspective

Reviewed by:  G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered: Millennials and Social Change in African Perspective

Author: Wanjiru M. Gitau

Publisher: IVP Academic (InterVarsity Press)

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Format: Paperback

Length: 190 pages


How did Nairobi Chapel, a church that had less than twenty people in the 1980s, turn itself around and become not just a megachurch but the hub for several megachurches throughout Kenya? Wanjiru M. Gitau brings together a wide variety of research, from social studies to personal stories about the Chapel’s impact, to explain how its leaders created a revolutionary movement.

While Gitau addresses some common objections to megachurches, she primarily focuses on showing how Nairobi Chapel and its offshoot megachurches have impacted Kenya. This argument by example may not convince everyone that megachurches are always a good idea, but she builds an excellent case that they can have great positive impact. Along the way, Gitau gives fascinating insights into why Christianity has both struggled and grown in Africa and how churches can maximize their outreach effect within their environments. A compelling, well-written book on a vital topic.


Rating (1 to 5 stars)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Readers interested in studies of megachurch Christianity or African church history, readers interested in how to impact culture through their churches.

Christian Impact

This book provides many excellent thoughts on how Christians can create churches that meet their area’s needs and reach people who seem “unchurchable.”


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