2020 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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1
North Point Ministries
North Point Ministries Alpharetta GA - Andy Stanley
● Largest
2
Gateway Church
Gateway Church Southlake TX - Robert Morris
● Largest
3
Eagle Brook Church
Eagle Brook Church Centerville MN - Jason Strand
● Fastest ● Largest
4
Saddleback Church
Saddleback Church Lake Forest CA - Rick Warren
● Largest
5
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Mount Zion Baptist Church Nashville TN - Joseph W. Walker III
● Fastest ● Largest
6
Second Baptist Church
Second Baptist Church Houston TX - H. Edwin Young
● Largest
7
New Life Church
New Life Church Conway AR - Rick Bezet
● Fastest ● Largest
8
Flatirons Community Church
Flatirons Community Church Lafayette CO - Jim Burgen
● Largest
9
LCBC Church
LCBC Church Manheim PA - David Ashcraft
● Largest
10
Community Bible Church
Community Bible Church San Antonio TX - Ed Newton
● Largest ● Reproducing
11
Lakepointe Church
Lakepointe Church Rockwall TX - Josh Howerton
● Fastest ● Largest ● Reproducing
12
World Overcomers
World Overcomers Durham NC - Andy Thompson
● Largest
13
Family Christian Center
Family Christian Center Munster IN - Steve Munsey
● Largest
14
North Coast Church
North Coast Church Vista CA - Larry Osborne
● Fastest ● Largest
15
The Rock Church
The Rock Church San Diego CA - Miles McPherson
● Largest
16
Mariners Church
Mariners Church Irvine CA - Eric Geiger
● Fastest ● Largest
17
The Summit Church
The Summit Church Durham NC - J.D. Greear
● Fastest ● Largest ● Reproducing
18
Pinelake Church
Pinelake Church Flowood MS - Chip Henderson
● Largest ● Reproducing
19
Northview Church
Northview Church Indianapolis IN - Steve Poe
● Largest
20
The Church of Eleven22
The Church of Eleven22 Jacksonville FL - Joby Martin
● Fastest ● Largest ● Reproducing