I must agree with Shiloh here. Although I myself prefer smaller churches and might consider a house church, it is a personal preference and I still think there is a place for larger churches. I don't think its right to judge large churches unless you know what its like. My current church as big as it is, is still a good church and I will always be thankful for what God has done in my life through them. I am always amazed at how dedicated, hard working and caring my pastors are. I also don't think reaching out to those in need should only be left to secular organisations. I myself am a social worker and I have been involved in outreaches to poorer areas. Its amazing how open people are when they know they have nothing. Several times I have been able to share the gospel while working in the field. Opportunities I would not have had without the church. In my country, many welfare organisations would simply not survive without the contribution of churches.