Churches across America are shutting down at a rate of 1% while megachurches are growing at rate of 8%. Many have criticized them for using corporate techniques to create economic empires. All the while, smaller churches watch their flock migrate towards a religious experience that’s a little more… MEGA.

THE MEGACHURCH (2000+ attendance/week)
– 1970: 10 mega-churches
– 1990: 250 mega-churches
– 2000: 600 mega-churches
– 2003: 740 mega-churches
– 2005: 1200 mega-churches
– 2011: 1,611 mega-churches

LARGEST MEGACHURCHES IN THE WORLD

– Yoido Full Gospel Church | David Yonggi Cho | Seoul, South Korea | 850,000 Members
– Annual Budget: $200 Million

TOP 10 LARGEST MEGACHURCHES IN THE U.S. (ATTENDANCE)

1. Lakewood Church | Joel Osteen | Houston, TX

– 43,500 weekly attendance
– $70 million annual budget
– Located in the Compaq Center, former Houston Rockets Arena. (bought in 2010 for 7.5 million)

2. Lifechurch.tv | Craig Groschel | Edmond, OK

– 42,782 weekly attendance
– 45,754,000 in expenses | 71,338,000 in giving 2012
– 100,000 unique viewers tune in every week online from 120 countries

3. North Point Community Church | Andy Stanley | Alpharetta, GA

– 27,429 weekly attendance
– $38.5 million annual budget

4. Second Baptist Church | H. Edwin Young | Houston, TX

– 25,221 weekly attendance
– $55 million annual budget

5. Willow Creek Community Church | Bill Hybels |South Barrington, IL

– 24,377 weekly attendance
– $36 million annual budget

6. Fellowship Church | Ed Young Jr. |Grapevine, TX

– 24,162 weekly attendance
– $51 million annual budget

7. Southeast Christian Church | Dave Stone | Louisville, KY

– 22,496 weekly attendance
– $31 million annual budget

8. Saddleback Church | Rick Warren | Lake Forest, CA

– 22,418 weekly attendance
– $36 million annual budget

9. Central Christian Church | Jud Wilhite | Henderson, NV

– 20,145 weekly attendance
– $12 million annual budget

10. West Angeles Church of God in Christ | Charles Blake |Los Angeles, CA

– 20,000 weekly attendance
– $15 million annual budget

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