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Megachurch Megabusiness [Infographic]

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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

Mega Church
Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.

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