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The 100 Largest and Fastest Growing Churches

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments · Christianity, Church, Religion

This month Outreach magazine published a list of the 100 largest churches and the 100 fastest growing churches. Here are a few of the highlights.

Five largest churches:

  1. Lakewood Church – Houston, TX (47,000)
  2. Willow Creek Community Church – South Barrington, IL (23,500)
  3. Second Baptist Church – Houston, TX (23,198)
  4. Saddleback Church – Lake Forest, CA (22,000)
  5. – Edmond, OK (19,907)

Five fastest growing churches:

  1. Iglesia Cristiana Segadores de Vida – Hollywood, CA (+3050 new members/109% growth)
  2. Calvary Community Church – Phoenix, AZ (2,344 new members/26% growth)
  3. Elevation Church – Charlotte, NC (1,965 new members/444% growth)
  4. New Life Church – Conway, AR (2,000 new members/108% growth)
  5. Valley Bible Fellowship – Bakersfield, CA (3,600 new members/52% growth)

Can you imagine adding 60 new members to the church every week?

I am going to post a follow-up post to this on what does it mean to be a church member.

(After noticing several law firms viewing this post I will make reference to the U.S. Copyright Office website. This post complies with the limitations set out in the Fair Use FL 102 section of U.S. Copyright. If outreach magazine has any concern about this post notify me and I will be glad to modify it.)

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  • slivermoon22


    Generally speaking, Church is the last place to find salvation. A powerful construct to keep sheeple
    under control of false doctrine.

    All one needs is the Golden Rule. OBVIOUSLY, Chrisitanity, and other factions, are not the Golden example- as most Republicans support torture and war.

  • mattdabbs


    Thanks for stopping by and feeling free to express yourself here. Church is never the place to find salvation. We are not saved by church. The church didn’t die for us. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. Church just happens to be a place many of those people get together to worship God. Others have used and abused it and given church a bad name. That doesn’t make all churches bad places.

    Church does not equal Republican, pro-war, or republican.

  • Daniel Cherry

    I love seeing Christ make a difference in individual lives! The stats show that we are in a nation of largely un-educated believers. People who don’t know Him. You can never understand Christianity without first knowing Christ. For true church growth Christians need to learn to live like, talk about, and point to Christ. I blogged this week about that very subject. It is much less complicated when you rely on Him – It is actually quite addictive. Praise Him!

  • john dobbs

    How in the world did a church in CONWAY ARKANSAS make this list…much less with 2,000 new people??? Does Dusty Rush know about this? Impossible!

    LifeCHurch has a hot podcast of their worship set each week. I think it’s a little rocky for me from time to tiem, but mostly it’s really good.

    Interesting, Matt. Looking forward to your thoughts about it.

  • Rafael

    Once again, Joel Osteen’s utter failure to uphold Christian truth in an age of apostacy only further supports what is all too clear about his teaching: it is spiritually bankrupt.

    Here is a link to articles our ministry has created on Osteen’s heretical compromise that is anointed as “Christianity” today.

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