Once upon a time, the church was a community gathering of families in the neighborhood. Nowadays, the cozy feel of knowing the names of the 50 people in the church is no longer the norm. Any church with 2000 or more people as members is considered to be on the mega level. Check out the 30 largest mega-churches in America.
#30. SKYLINE COMMUNITY CHURCH – SAN DIEGO, CA
It may not be the largest church, but it is led by a man who is politically influential. Skyline is headed by Dr. Jim Garlow, the scholar/pastor who spearheaded California’s passing of Proposition 8, opposing same-sex marriage.
#29. BAYSIDE CHURCH – SACRAMENTO, CA
Bayside is one of the largest churches in California and is led by a leadership expert and best-selling author, Ray Johnston.
#28. FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS – DALLAS, TEXAS
Operating out of a $130M building, First Baptist is no ordinary mega-church.
#27. HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL – CHICAGO, ILL
A muti-sited church, Harvest sustains its position as a mega church standing strong with 7 different locations.
#26. OAK CLIFF BIBLE FELLOWSHIP – DALLAS, TEXAS
This mega-church stands out as a popular urban ministry. Led by Dr. Tony Evans, the 10,000+ congregation continue to impact communities both regionally and nationally. Dr. Evans was also a key adviser to George W. Bush’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives.
#25. CHRIST FELLOWSHIP CHURCH – WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Nestled next door to some of America’s wealthiest people, Christ Fellowship takes its place among America’s largest mega-churches with locations count still rising.
#24. WEST ANGELES CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST – LOS ANGELES, CA
A home church to many celebrities, West Angeles Church of God caters to the affluent and common people of Los Angeles, boasting it as one of the largest African-American denominations in the country.
#23. HARVEST CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – RIVERSIDE, CA
This mega-church is home to 15,000 members and still counting.
#22. SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH – LOUISVILLE, KY
The $88M church caters to 15,000 active members and often sees a spur of up to 36,000 attendees during Easter.
#21. NEWSPRING CHURCH – ANDERSON, S.C.
Though headquartered in Anderson, Newspring reaches so widely across the state of South Carolina that it could basically be considered the state church. One service can often end with 1,000 new converts.
#20. PHOENIX FIRST ASSEMBLY AND ANGELUS TEMPLE – PHOENIZ, LOS ANGELES
Often called the evangelical dynasty, Tommy, Luke, and Matthew Barnett lead both churches and “dream centers” that reach thousands of people. The LA Dream Center feeds 80,000 families monthly.
#19. CITY CHURCH – SEATTLE, LOS ANGELES
City Church is led by the charismatic Judah Smith, who is often called, the “coolest pastor in America.” Smith leads evangelical congregations in both locations.
#18. NEW LIFE COVENANT CHURCH, CHICAGO, ILL
Lead pastor of New Life’s main campus, Choco de Jesus was named one of the most influential people in the world. The growing church boasts 8 different location.