Pews are out. Seats are in.
For megachurches , wanna-be megachurches, or even just your run of the mill warehouse style rent-a-church, there's just no better way to seat white Christians.
The great theater seating initiative has been on the white Christian agenda for some time. For decades now, white Christians have been moving down the spectrum from group mentality toward an emphasis on individuals. This lead to the need for individual seating. White Christians logically determined that since they treat each service like entertainment, they might as well arrange church seating as if they're running a movie theater.
The transition to individualized comfortable chairs is only the first step in the white Christian church furniture revamp. They're likely just a few years away from big-gulp cup holders and a computerized magnetic strip that allows participants to scan their credit card during the offering.
With so many white Christian churches eliminating their pews, and with the white Christian community's love of stewardship and antiques, the discarded pews frequently live on- as decorative furniture in the basements, garages, and summer cottages.
For white Christians, the only conceivable negative of theater seating (other than making the worship experience SO comfortable that attendees fall asleep) is that in non-capacity crowds, individual seats require all church goers to maintain a regulated, standardized distance away from each other. This means that when the offering plates are passed, there's no more of that good old fashioned "pew-slide" to get the plate from one end of the half-empty row to the other. White Christians are now forced to stand up and implement the awkward offertory two-step: the side-shuffle to to pass the plate across 10 empty chairs to the closest fellow-congregant.