America is a blessed nation to have highest number of mega churches in the world. Outreach a magazine is famous for posting some interesting stats of largest American churches by size and popularity. Though there are several lists over the net I made a list of top 10 churches by attendance by taking data from Wikipedia and Outreach’s previous lists into consideration.
10. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale: is one of the largest evangelical churches in the United States. According to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, it is the largest mega church in Florida, with approximately 18,000 worshipers attending on average. Founded in 1985 by Bob Coy, it is affiliated with the Calvary Chapel movement. In 1999, the church relocated into a 75-acre (300,000 m2) tract of land formerly owned by Harris Corporation, which now has a 3,700 seat sanctuary, children and youth ministries, and includes a skateboard park.
9. Woodlands Church (formerly known as Fellowship of The Woodlands) is a Christian non-denominational mega church located in The Woodlands, Texas about 27 miles north of downtown Houston, TX, led by Senior Pastor Kerry Shook. Shook founded the church in 1993 and it’s now the 9th largest church in the US and the 4th fastest growing church in the US with an average attendance of over 18,434 people each week.
8. Fellowship Church (FC) is an evangelical Christian megachurch located in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, that is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. FC is one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the United States, with an estimated attendance exceeding 20,000. FC’s pastor is Ed Young (the son of the equally-famous pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston), who has pastored the church since shortly after its opening.
7. Saddleback Church is an evangelical Christian megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, situated in southern Orange County, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The church was founded in 1980 by pastor Rick Warren. Weekly church attendance averages over 20,000 people, currently making it the seventh-largest church in the United States (this ranking includes multi-site churches)
6. Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky is an evangelical, Christian church. Its Senior Minister, Dave Stone, assumed leadership of the church in 2006, followed by Teaching Pastor and author of Not a Fan,, Kyle Idleman, in 2009. Southeast Christian Church is a megachurch with over 30,000 members. It is the largest church in Kentucky, and the 6th largest in the United States, with a weekly attendance over 22,000.
5. Second Baptist Church Houston is a megachurch in Houston, Texas, USA affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention that has a membership of over 53,000. Its senior pastor is Dr. Ed Young. Second Baptist Church is aligned with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, which broke away from the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1998. A 2008 survey by Outreach magazine gave attendance at 23,659. In 2009 average weekly attendance was 22,723, making it the largest Baptist church in the country and the 5th largest church.
4. Willow Creek Community Church (or simply Willow Creek Church) is a non-denominational, multi-generational Evangelical Christian megachurch located in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington, Illinois. It was founded on October 12, 1975 by Bill Hybels, who is currently the senior pastor. The church has three weekend services averaging 24,000 attendees, making it the third-largest church in the United States (this ranking includes multi-site churches). The church has been listed as the most influential church in America the last several years in a national poll of pastors.
3. North Point Community Church is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian megachurch located in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. North Point currently averages more than 24,000 people in attendance between its 5 campuses each week, making it the largest church in Metro Atlanta and the second largest church in the United States. Andy Stanley is the senior pastor and Joel Thomas is the Lead/Campus Pastor.
2. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK): LifeChurch.tv (also known as Life Covenant Church or simply “Life Church”) is an American evangelical multi-site church with multiple locations in five states. Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv. As of June 2012, there were fifteen LifeChurch.tv “campuses” located across the United States LifeChurch was listed in June 2012 as the largest church in the United States with an attendance of 46,000. From 1996 to 1999 the church membership grew rapidly. During this time, Life Church acquired its first facility (now known as the “Oklahoma City Campus”). In 2001, MetroChurch, a 25-year-old, nondenominational church in nearby Edmond, Oklahoma joined with Life Church, effectively making it a multi-site church. Following the success of the additional location, the church launched campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2002, and these new campuses began incorporating satellite video teaching into their services.
1. Lakewood Church is a non-denominational Christian megachurch located in Houston, Texas. It is the largest congregation in the United States, averaging more than 43,500 in attendance per week. The 16,800-seat Lakewood Church Central Campus, home to four English language services and two Spanish language services per week, is located at the former Compaq Center. Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church with his wife, Victoria, who serves as co-pastor. Lakewood Church is evangelical in belief.