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The Largest Megachurches in the United States

A megachurch is defined as a congregation with more than 1,000 members.

Churches with more than 1,000 members fall under the classification of "megachurches". In the United States, megachurches are distributed across various cities. According to data from Hartford Institute, about 1,300 churches qualify to be classified as megachurches. While others have passed the 1,000 membership mark by a little margin, most of the megachurches in the country have memberships which range from 10,000 to 64,000.

The Largest Megachurches in the United States

The Distribution Of Megachurches

Megachurches are distributed unevenly across the country. A look at the distribution clarifies the fact that many megachurches are located in Texas. Second Baptist Church Houston, Lakewood Church, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Gateway Church, Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church, New Light Christian Center Church, Woodlands Church, Sagemont Church, Fellowship Church, and The Potter's House are all located in the state of Texas. The list of megachurches located in Texas makes the state a leader in relation to the distribution of megachurches. Amazingly, even the largest Catholic Church, St Ann, and the biggest church in membership, Second Baptist Church Houston, which has over 64,000 members, are in Texas. Other states like New York have a small number, a confirmation that the distribution is indeed uneven.

Membership Of The Megachurches

Many of the churches in the United States do not only surpass the 1,000-membership mark to qualify, but have high numbers that range from 10,000 to 64,000. Second Baptist Church Houston located in Texas is among the churches that have the largest number of members totaling more than 64,000. Others include life Church, which has 53,000, and Lakewood Church that has 43,000 members. The membership of the churches then drops to the 30,000 mark with the likes of Saddleback Church leading with 38,000 members and Christian Cultural Center being the last with 30,000 members. Those churches that have a membership below 30,000 include First Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Newspring Church, which tie at 28,000 members. Churches that have members who do not exceed 20,000 include Christ Fellowship 19,000 and Cross Church, which has 16,000 members. Texas Magnolia's First Baptist Church, which has 1,100 members, and Love of Christ Church, with 1,400 members and located in Delaware are among megachurches that qualify by slim margins.

Some Important Facts And Figures

Several megachurches in the United States are unevenly distributed. While the churches are located in almost every part of the country, other states such as Texas have more mega churches as opposed to others. Moreover, the church membership varies from 64,000 to as low as 1,100. Surprisingly, Magnolia's First Baptist Church, which has 1,100 members, and Second Baptist Church Houston that leads with 64,000 members are in the state of Texas.

The Largest Megachurches in the United States

RankMegachurch NameCity State Average Weekly Attendance
1Second Baptist Church HoustonHoustonTX64,000
2Life.ChurchEdmondOK53,000
3Church of the HighlandsBirminghamAL43,600
4Lakewood ChurchHoustonTX43,500
5Saddleback ChurchLake ForestCA38,800
6Prestonwood Baptist ChurchPlanoTX38,000
7Gateway ChurchSouthlakeTX36,000
8North Point Community ChurchAlpharettaGA36,000
9Bellevue Baptist ChurchMemphisTN30,000
10Calvary Chapel Fort LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFL30,000
11Christian Cultural CenterNew YorkNY30,000
12NewSpring ChurchAndersonSC28,100
13First Baptist Church of JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL28,000
14Christ's Church of the ValleyPeoriaAZ27,000
15Willow Creek Community ChurchSouth BarringtonIL25,800
16Faith ChurchSt. LouisMO25,000
17Crossroads Church — CincinnatiCincinnatiOH22,700
18Northland, A Church DistributedLongwoodFL22,000
19Southeast Christian ChurchMiddletown[a 3]KY21,800
20Central Christian ChurchHendersonNV21,100
21Dream City ChurchPhoenixAZ21,000
22Church of the ResurrectionLeawoodKS20,000
23Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New YorkNew YorkNY20,000
24Greater Cornerstone Baptist ChurchDallasTX20,000
25New Light Christian Center ChurchHoustonTX20,000
26West Angeles CathedralLos AngelesCA20,000
27Christ FellowshipPalm Beach GardensFL19,000
28Elevation ChurchCharlotte & TorontoNC & ON19,000
29Woodlands ChurchThe WoodlandsTX18,400
30Living Word Christian CenterChicagoIL18,000
31Temple of PraiseWashingtonDC18,000
32First Baptist Church of HammondHammondIN17,700
33Sagemont ChurchHoustonTX17,700
34Fellowship ChurchGrapevineTX17,500
3512Stone ChurchLawrencevilleGA17,200
36Eagle Brook ChurchHugoMN17,100
37Windsor Village United Methodist ChurchHoustonTX17,000
38Calvary of AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM16,800
39McLean Bible ChurchMcLeanVA16,500
40The Potter's HouseDallasTX16,100
41Cross ChurchSpringdaleAR16,000
42First Baptist Church OrlandoOrlandoFL16,000

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