2017 Largest Participating Churches

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Each year, the Lifeway Research team surveys churches, verifies the numbers, calculates the results and compiles the lists. In preparation for this annual report, we solicited participation from the churches that were featured in our previous reports. This is a self-reported survey, based on attendance averages, not membership. Churches that participated answered questions about their 2022 in-person, online and adult discipleship attendance averages for February and March (excluding Easter) as compared to their 2021 numbers.

In addition this year, to provide as complete of a list as possible for the Largest churches, we also drew numbers from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research (HIRR.Hartsem.edu ), which is not a survey, but is secondary research drawn from publicly available attendance data. We integrated that public data with the self-reported survey from Lifeway. Whenever the survey and the public data reported on the same church, we reported the church’s response in the survey.

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Church of the Highlands
Church of the Highlands Birmingham AL - Chris Hodges
● Fastest ● Largest
North Point Ministries
North Point Ministries Alpharetta GA - Andy Stanley
● Largest
Gateway Church
Gateway Church Southlake TX - Robert Morris
● Fastest ● Largest
Crossroads Church
Crossroads Church Cincinnati OH - Brian Tome
● Fastest ● Largest
Christ's Church of the Valley
Christ's Church of the Valley Peoria AZ - Ashley Wooldridge
● Fastest ● Largest
Saddleback Church
Saddleback Church Lake Forest CA - Rick Warren
● Largest
Christ Fellowship Church
Christ Fellowship Church Palm Beach Gardens FL - Todd Mullins
● Fastest ● Largest
Willow Creek Community Church
Willow Creek Community Church South Barrington IL - Bill Hybels
● Largest
Elevation Church
Elevation Church Matthews NC - Steven Furtick
● Fastest ● Largest
Southeast Christian Church
Southeast Christian Church Louisville KY - Kyle Idleman
● Largest ● Reproducing
Eagle Brook Church
Eagle Brook Church Centerville MN - Jason Strand
● Fastest ● Largest
Second Baptist Church
Second Baptist Church Houston TX - H. Edwin Young
● Largest
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Mount Zion Baptist Church Nashville TN - Joseph W. Walker III
● Fastest ● Largest
Flatirons Community Church
Flatirons Community Church Lafayette CO - Jim Burgen
● Largest
Mariners Church
Mariners Church Irvine CA - Eric Geiger
● Largest
Bayside Church
Bayside Church Roseville CA - Ray Johnston
● Fastest ● Largest
12Stone Church
12Stone Church Lawrenceville GA - Kevin Myers
● Largest
LCBC Church
LCBC Church Manheim PA - David Ashcraft
● Largest
Family Christian Center
Family Christian Center Munster IN - Steve Munsey
● Largest
The Rock Church
The Rock Church San Diego CA - Miles McPherson
● Largest