The growing size of Central Illinois' Church landscape

By WEEK Producer

The growing size of Central Illinois' Church landscape

February 7, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Anyone driving around Central Illinois will notice that the landscape of churches has changed drastically in recent years.

They've gone from large to super structures and mega churches in some cases, similar to what is typically seen in major metropolitan cities.

Churches typically are looked at like families but with the growth of many, they're run like corporations and businesses.

Among the largest churches in the area is Northwoods Community Church with about 3,600 at its main Peoria site and it has a sister site as well.

"I know for us by virtue of people who've made  a life changing commitment to Christ and have been baptized we've seen several thousand over the years.  So I would hope that growth indicates that people who weren't going to church, who didn't have that relationship with Christ now do," Rev. Cal Rychener.

When you've grown from a couple hundred to a couple thousand you might think it's easier to get lost in the crowd.

On News 25 Nightside/ HOI 19 NEWS at 10, we will hear what this and another super church are doing here in Central Illinois to attract so many followers and to make them feel at home.

If you attend one of these churches we'd also like to get your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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