Megachurches are a Megaminority

Thom Rainer’s very helpful list of SBC churches 1000 and bigger, and they are still less than 2% of the churches … which should remind us that “models” for churches ought to consider the typical rather than the atypical:

By the way, the SBC has 46,000 churches, and 595 made this list. So approximately 1.3% of the churches have an attendance of 1,000 or greater.

RANKCHURCH — CITY, STATEWEEKLY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE
1Second Baptist Church — Houston, TX25,892
2Woodlands Church — The Woodlands, TX18,524
3Saddleback Valley Community Church — Lake Forest, CA18,000
4Fellowship Church, Grapevine — Grapevine, TX17,418
5NewSpring Community Church — Anderson, SC17,367
6Prestonwood Baptist Church — Plano, TX15,318
7Thomas Road Baptist Church — Lynchburg, VA13,500
8Potential Church — Fort Lauderdale, FL12,300
9The Village Church — Flower Mound, TX10,500
10Higher Dimension Church — Houston, TX9,000
10The Fountain of Praise — Houston, TX9,000
12Lake Pointe Church — Rockwall, TX8,811
13Cross Church — Springdale, AR8,029
14Sagebrush Community Church — Albuquerque, NM7,906
15Pinelake Church — Brandon, MS7,734
16Bay Area Fellowship — Corpus Christi, TX7,600
17Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Inc — Palmetto Bay, FL7,367
18Shepherd of the Hills — Porter Ranch, CA7,280
19Shadow Mountain Community Church — El Cajon, CA7,220
20Voices of Faith Ministries — Stone Mountain, GA6,800
21Bellevue Baptist Church — Cordova, TN6,564
22Long Hollow Baptist Church — Hendersonville, TN6,453
23Elizabeth Baptist Church — Atlanta, GA6,401
24First Baptist of Woodstock — Woodstock, GA6,110
25Hope Community Church — Raleigh, NC6,060
26Idlewild Baptist Church — Lutz, FL6,012
27Church by the Glades — Coral Springs, FL5,954
28The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin — Austin, TX5,805
29Brentwood Baptist Church — Brentwood, TN5,581
30Fallbrook Baptist Church — Houston, TX5,500
31The Summit Church-Homestead Heights — Durham, NC5,465
32First Baptist Church of Orlando — Orlando, FL5,400
33Houston’s First Baptist Church — Houston, TX5,160
34Biltmore — Arden, NC5,008
35First Baptist of Atlanta — Atlanta, GA4,956
36Hillvue Heights — Bowling Green, KY4,903
37Franklin Avenue Baptist Church — New Orleans, LA4,760
38Green Acres Baptist Church — Tyler, TX4,748
39West Ridge Church — Dallas, GA4,651
40The Crossing Church — Tampa, FL4,613
41Cascade Hills Baptist Church — Columbus, GA4,581
42Champion Forest Baptist Church — Houston, TX4,380
43Sandals Church — Riverside, CA4,300
44Johnson Ferry Baptist Church — Marietta, GA4,296
45Clear Creek Community Church — League City, TX4,283
46First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, Inc — Jacksonville, FL4,280
47Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church — Dallas, TX4,250
48Faith Promise Church — Knoxville, TN4,200
48Sharon Baptist Church — Philadelphia, PA4,200
50Hickory Grove — Charlotte, NC4,163
51Sagemont Church, Houston — Houston, TX4,063
52Brentwood Baptist Church — Houston, TX4,000
52The Church at Brook Hills — Birmingham, AL4,000
54Liberty Baptist Church — Hampton, VA3,956
55Celebration Church (SBC) — Metairie, LA3,934
56Gardendale First Baptist Church — Gardendale, AL3,750
57Brookwood Community Church — Simpsonville, SC3,700
58Hebron Baptist Church — Dacula, GA3,559
59First Baptist Church of Naples — Naples, FL3,554
60Sevier Heights Baptist Church — Knoxville, TN3,536
61Riverbend Baptist Church — Austin, TX3,500
61The Church at Rock Creek — Little Rock, AR3,500
63Valley Baptist Church — Bakersfield, CA3,486
64Sugar Creek Baptist Church — Sugar Land, TX3,444
65First Baptist Church — Pasadena, TX3,400
65Southwest Community Baptist Church — Houston, TX3,400
67Calvary — Winston Salem, NC3,397
68Virginia Highlands Christian Fellowship — Abingdon, VA3,337
69The Church At BattleCreek — Tulsa, OK3,311
70Spartanburg First Baptist Church — Spartanburg, SC3,200
71Beltway Park Baptist Church — Abilene, TX3,135
72Hunter Street Baptist Church — Hoover, AL3,122
73Mud Creek — Hendersonville, NC3,120
74Bear Creek Baptist Church — Katy, TX3,098
75McGregor Baptist Church — Fort Myers, FL3,061
76Highview — Louisville, KY3,044
77Silverlake Church — Pearland, TX3,017
78Olive Baptist Church — Pensacola, FL3,007
79First Baptist Church — Dallas, TX3,002
80Central Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas — Bryan, TX3,000
80Community of Faith — Sugar Land, TX3,000
80The Church at the Springs — Ocala, FL3,000
83First Baptist Church at the Mall — Lakeland, FL2,987
84Bell Shoals Baptist Church — Brandon, FL2,985
85Abundant Life Baptist Church — Lees Summit, MO2,984
86Kingsland Baptist Church — Katy, TX2,924
87The People’s Church — Franklin, TN2,901
88Waters Edge Church — Yorktown, VA2,888
89Willowbrook Baptist Church — Huntsville, AL2,884
90First Baptist Church of Brandon — Brandon, FL2,875
91The Heights Baptist Church — Richardson, TX2,866
92Dawson Memorial Baptist Church — Birmingham, AL2,850
93Cleveland First Baptist Church — Cleveland, TN2,838
94Blackshear Place Baptist Church — Flowery Branch, GA2,815
94Oakwood Baptist Church — New Braunfels, TX2,815
96Grace Baptist Church — Knoxville, TN2,785
97Pleasant Valley Baptist Church — Liberty, MO2,782
98Cleveland Community Church — Clayton, NC2,770
99Central Baptist Church — Jonesboro, AR2,749
100Hendersonville First Baptist Church — Hendersonville, TN2,746
101Indian Rocks First Baptist Church — Largo, FL2,744
102LifePoint Church — Smyrna, TN2,716
103Rock Bridge Community Church — Dalton, GA2,697
104Calvary Baptist Church — Clearwater, FL2,696
105Metropolitan Baptist Church — Houston, TX2,659
106First Baptist Church — West Monroe, LA2,621
107New Vision Baptist Church — Murfreesboro, TN2,618
108Henderson Hills Baptist Church — Edmond, OK2,600
109Concord First Baptist Church — Knoxville, TN2,581
110First Baptist Church Indian Trail — Indian Trail, NC2,526
111First Baptist Church, Euless — Euless, TX2,519
112First Baptist Church of Arnold — Arnold, MO2,510
113Sojourn — Louisville, KY2,508
114Apex Community Church — Kettering, OH2,500
114Greenforest Community Baptist Church — Decatur, GA2,500
114New Faith Church of Houston — Houston, TX2,500
114Praise Temple Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA2,500
114Rock Springs Baptist Church — Easley, SC2,500
114Russian Baptist Church — West Sacramento, CA2,500
120Opelika First — Opelika, AL2,491
121Englewood Baptist Church — Jackson, TN2,481
122Crossroads Church — Newnan, GA2,467
123Cornerstone Church of Ames — Ames, IA2,426
124Lenexa Baptist Church, Inc — Lenexa, KS2,421
125Grace Community Church — Clarksville, TN2,400
125Providence Baptist Church — Raleigh, NC2,400
127First Baptist Church — Mckinney, TX2,391
128First Baptist Church of Oviedo — Oviedo, FL2,382
129Immanuel Baptist Church — Highland, CA2,379
130Fielder Road Baptist Church — Arlington, TX2,377
131Park Cities Baptist Church — Dallas, TX2,375
132Shadow Hills Baptist Church — Las Vegas, NV2,358
133First Baptist Church BA — Broken Arrow, OK2,350
134First Baptist Church of Mandarin — Jacksonville, FL2,342
135Shades Mountain Baptist Church — Vestavia Hills, AL2,323
136Burnt Hickory Baptist Church — Powder Springs, GA2,319
137Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church — McDonough, GA2,315
138Mobberly Baptist Church — Longview, TX2,313
139The Journey Fellowship, Inc. — Saint Louis, MO2,300
140First Baptist Church — Arlington, TX2,294
141Shandon Baptist Church — Columbia, SC2,290
142Glenview Baptist Church — Fort Worth, TX2,280
143Bethlehem — Gastonia, NC2,277
144Colonial Heights Baptist Church — Colonial Heights, VA2,269
145Valley View — Louisville, KY2,267
146Second Baptist Church — Springfield, MO2,247
147New Vision Church of Northern California — Milpitas, CA2,233
148Broadmoor Baptist Church — Madison, MS2,232
149Geyer Springs First Baptist Church — Little Rock, AR2,230
150Bay Life Church — Brandon, FL2,227
151First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, Inc. — Hattiesburg, MS2,201
152Great Commission Baptist Church — Fort Worth, TX2,200
152LifePoint Church — Tampa, FL2,200
152Mosaic LA — Los Angeles, CA2,200
152North Spartanburg First Baptist Church — Spartanburg, SC2,200
152Silverdale Baptist Church — Chattanooga, TN2,200
157East Bayou Baptist Church — Lafayette, LA2,176
158Woodcrest Chapel — Columbia, MO2,171
159First Baptist Church — Wichita Falls, TX2,156
160Second Baptist Church – North — Kingwood, TX2,150
161East Cooper Baptist Church — Mt Pleasant, SC2,141
162First Baptist Church Norfolk — Norfolk, VA2,131
163Alamo City Christian Fellowship Church — San Antonio, TX2,125
164First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Inc. — Jacksonville, NC2,109
165First Baptist Church — Amarillo, TX2,100
165First Baptist Church Woodway — Waco, TX2,100
165Fort Lauderdale First Baptist Church — Fort Lauderdale, FL2,100
168Summit Church — Estero, FL2,074
169First Baptist Church — Forney, TX2,050
170First Baptist Church of Simpsonville — Simpsonville, SC2,043
171Calvary Baptist Church — Beaumont, TX2,033
172Westbrook Baptist Church of Hutchinson Kansas — Hutchinson, KS2,032
173Thompson Station Baptist Church — Thompson Station, TN2,031
174Skyland — Kannapolis, NC2,006
175Baptist Temple — Mcallen, TX2,000
175East Brent Baptist Church — Pensacola, FL2,000
175First Baptist Church — Bossier City, LA2,000
175First Baptist Church — Wylie, TX2,000
175First Baptist Church Jackson — Jackson, MS2,000
175First Baptist of Jonesboro — Jonesboro, GA2,000
175Iglesia Bautista De Glenview — Ponce, PR2,000
175Irvine Baptist Church — Irvine, CA2,000
175Riverland Hills Baptist Church — Irmo, SC2,000
175Sixth Avenue Baptist Church — Birmingham, AL2,000
175Spotswood Baptist Church — Fredericksburg, VA2,000
175Sunnyvale First Baptist Church — Sunnyvale, TX2,000
187The Fort Bend Church — Sugar Land, TX1,993
188NorthPointe Community Church — Fresno, CA1,992
189Chets Creek Church — Jacksonville, FL1,969
190Northwood Church — Keller, TX1,963
191Cuyahoga Valley  Church — Broadview Heights, OH1,961
192Ridgecrest Baptist Church — Springfield, MO1,960
193Warren Baptist Church — Augusta, GA1,956
194Marathon Church — Piedmont, SC1,952
195Temple — New Bern, NC1,949
195Westside Church — Omaha, NE1,949
197Sevierville First Baptist Church — Sevierville, TN1,948
198Living Hope — Bowling Green, KY1,947
199Midway Macedonia Baptist Church — Villa Rica, GA1,943
200Crossgates Baptist Church — Brandon, MS1,940
201Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church — Allen, TX1,933
202Ingleside Baptist Church — Macon, GA1,901
203Hillcrest Baptist Church — Pensacola, FL1,900
204First Baptist of Montgomery — Montgomery, AL1,892
205Tallowood Baptist Church — Houston, TX1,887
206Forest Park Baptist Church — Joplin, MO1,884
207CrossPointe Church — Valdosta, GA1,878
208Taylors First Baptist Church — Taylors, SC1,874
209Sherwood Baptist Church — Albany, GA1,867
210Oasis Church of South Florida, Inc — Pembroke Pines, FL1,860
211First Baptist Church — Covington, LA1,854
212Casas Adobes Baptist Church — Tucson, AZ1,852
213Berendo Street Baptist Church — Los Angeles, CA1,850
213First Baptist Church of Rockwall — Rockwall, TX1,850
213Mount Pleasant Baptist Church — Herndon, VA1,850
216Cedar Creek Baptist Church — Aiken, SC1,844
217Hyde Park Baptist Church — Austin, TX1,842
218Faith Baptist Church — Bartlett, TN1,835
218Mountain Lake Community Church — Cumming, GA1,835
220Panama City First Baptist Church — Panama City, FL1,828
221First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach — West Palm Beach, FL1,826
222St Stephen — Louisville, KY1,825
223Humble Area’s First Baptist Church — Humble, TX1,805
224Brainerd Baptist Church — Chattanooga, TN1,804
225Nations Ford Community Church — Charlotte, NC1,800
225Northstar Church — Kennesaw, GA1,800
227Broadmoor Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA1,775
227Dallas Bay Baptist Church — Hixson, TN1,775
229Johenning Temple of Praise — Washington, DC1,763
230Church On the Eastern Shore — Fairhope, AL1,760
231Columbia First Baptist Church — Columbia, SC1,750
232Central Baptist Church — Hixson, TN1,749
232New Hope Baptist Church — Fayetteville, GA1,749
234Brand New Church — Harrison, AR1,714
235Istrouma Baptist Church — Baton Rouge, LA1,712
236Twin Cities Community Church — Grass Valley, CA1,705
237Immanuel Baptist Church — Shawnee, OK1,700
237Mt Calvary Baptist Church — Fairfield, CA1,700
237North Jacksonville Baptist Church — Jacksonville, FL1,700
240Galilee Baptist Church — Suitland, MD1,694
241Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles — Alhambra, CA1,693
242Fellowship of the Parks — Keller, TX1,686
243Rogers First Baptist Church — Rogers, AR1,683
244North Monroe Baptist Church — Monroe, LA1,680
245Global Mission Church of Greater Washington — Silver Spring, MD1,673
246SouthCrest Baptist Church — Newnan, GA1,667
247O’Fallon First — O””Fallon, IL1,661
248Mount Ararat — Stafford, VA1,658
249Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church — Upper Marlboro, MD1,650
249Tuscaloosa First — Tuscaloosa, AL1,650
251First Baptist Church — Carrollton, TX1,648
252First Baptist Church Snellville — Snellville, GA1,646
252Hope Baptist Church — Las Vegas, NV1,646
254Ridgecrest — Dothan, AL1,643
255The Avenue Church — Waxahachie, TX1,638
256Quail Springs Baptist Church — Oklahoma City, OK1,630
257Calvary Baptist Church — Alexandria, LA1,625
258Whitesburg Baptist Church — Huntsville, AL1,615
259Trinity Baptist Church — Lake Charles, LA1,614
260Cross Pointe — Duluth, GA1,604
261Greater Exodus Baptist Church — Philadelphia, PA1,600
261Heartland — Paducah, KY1,600
261North Phoenix Baptist Church — Phoenix, AZ1,600
261Oakwood Baptist Church — Chickamauga, GA1,600
261Stonegate Fellowship Church — Midland, TX1,600
266Cowboy Church of Ellis County — Waxahachie, TX1,592
267North Richland Hills Baptist Church — North Richland Hills, TX1,581
267Southcrest Baptist Church — Lubbock, TX1,581
269Jacob’s Well — Eau Claire, WI1,570
270First Baptist Church — Raytown, MO1,566
271Colonial Hills Baptist Church — Southaven, MS1,563
272First Chinese Baptist Church — Los Angeles, CA1,560
273Jersey Baptist Church — Pataskala, OH1,557
274PaulAnn Baptist Church — San Angelo, TX1,544
275Lee Park Baptist Church — Monroe, NC1,541
276River Oak Church — Chesapeake, VA1,528
277First Baptist Church — Denton, TX1,524
278Clarksville First Baptist Church — Clarksville, TN1,518
279Anastasia Baptist Church — St. Augustine, FL1,510
280First Redeemer Church — Cumming, GA1,507
281First Baptist Church of Middleburg — Middleburg, FL1,504
282Bannockburn Baptist Church — Austin, TX1,500
282Crossword Christian Fellowship — Riverside, CA1,500
282Family Church Inc. — Pine Bluff, AR1,500
282First Baptist Church — Garland, TX1,500
282Grace Point Church — San Antonio, TX1,500
282La Familia de Dios — Ontario, CA1,500
282New Life Community — E Saint Louis, IL1,500
282Redeemer Fellowship — Kansas City, MO1,500
282Rockpointe Church — Flower Mound, TX1,500
282Southern Hills Baptist Church — Oklahoma City, OK1,500
282Zion Baptist Church — Marietta, GA1,500
293Richland Creek Community — Wake Forest, NC1,492
294Kirby Woods Baptist Church — Memphis, TN1,490
295True North Church — North Augusta, SC1,486
296Seoul Baptist Church of Houston — Houston, TX1,478
297Foothills Community Church — Seneca, SC1,474
297Powell First Baptist Church — Powell, TN1,474
299Millington First Baptist Church — Millington, TN1,473
300First Baptist Church Tulsa — Tulsa, OK1,456
301North Metro First Baptist Church — Lawrenceville, GA1,454
302First Baptist Church — San Antonio, TX1,450
302First Baptist Church of Harvester — Saint Charles, MO1,450
304First Baptist Church — Moore, OK1,449
305Lakewood Baptist Church — Gainesville, GA1,447
306Temple Baptist Church — Hattiesburg, MS1,444
307Woodland Community Church — Bradenton, FL1,442
308Hendersonville First — Hendersonville, NC1,434
309First Baptist Church Windermere — Windermere, FL1,433
310Maryville First — Maryville, IL1,425
311Grand Avenue Baptist Church — Fort Smith, AR1,422
312Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville — Brownsville, TX1,420
313First Baptist Church — Texarkana, TX1,412
314Boiling Springs First Baptist Church — Boiling Springs, SC1,410
315Fellowship of The Rockies — Pueblo, CO1,404
316121 Community Church — Grapevine, TX1,400
316Benton First Baptist Church — Benton, AR1,400
316Canaan Christian — Louisville, KY1,400
316Community Life Church — Forney, TX1,400
316Concord Missionary Baptist Church — Dallas, TX1,400
316Cornerstone Community Church — Orangeburg, SC1,400
316Fairview Baptist Church — Corryton, TN1,400
316First Baptist Church of Plant City — Plant City, FL1,400
316First St. John Missionary Baptist — Fort Worth, TX1,400
316Greater St Matthew Baptist Church — Houston, TX1,400
316Grove Level Baptist Church — Maysville, GA1,400
316Keystone Community Fellowship — North Wales, PA1,400
316Newchurch — Oklahoma City, OK1,400
316Valley Creek Baptist Church — Flower Mound, TX1,400
330Genoa Baptist Church — Westerville, OH1,398
331Clovis Hills Community Church — Clovis, CA1,388
331Collierville First Baptist Church — Collierville, TN1,388
333Lawndale — Greensboro, NC1,382
334Bay Leaf Baptist Church — Raleigh, NC1,377
334Lifepoint Church — Fredericksburg, VA1,377
336Graceland Baptist Church — New Albany, IN1,375
336St Stephen Baptist Church — Houston, TX1,375
338Fort Smith First Baptist Church — Fort Smith, AR1,367
339First Baptist Church of Kissimmee — Kissimmee, FL1,364
340First Baptist Church of Central Florida — Orlando, FL1,362
341Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church — Houston, TX1,355
342Second Baptist Church — Warner Robins, GA1,353
343Sarasota Baptist Church — Sarasota, FL1,351
344Council Road Baptist Church — Bethany, OK1,350
344Resurrection Baptist Church — Schertz, TX1,350
346Longview Heights Baptist Church — Olive Branch, MS1,347
347Alice Drive Baptist Church — Sumter, SC1,345
347Paramount Baptist Church — Amarillo, TX1,345
349Fellowship Community Church — Salem, VA1,343
349Roswell Street Baptist Church — Marietta, GA1,343
351Bon Air Baptist Church — Richmond, VA1,339
352Spring Baptist Church — Spring, TX1,331
353ClearView Baptist Church — Franklin, TN1,330
354First Baptist of Conyers — Conyers, GA1,325
354Hopeful Baptist Church — Lake City, FL1,325
356Hyland Heights Baptist – Lynchburg — Lynchburg, VA1,314
357Severns Valley — Elizabethtown, KY1,311
358Germantown Baptist Church — Germantown, TN1,310
358Grace Church — Des Moines, IA1,310
358Immanuel Baptist Church — Little Rock, AR1,310
358Lexington Baptist Church — Lexington, SC1,310
362Crosspoint, Southern Baptist Church — Trussville, AL1,309
362Del Sol Church — El Paso, TX1,309
364Scotts Hill — Wilmington, NC1,306
365Stevens Street Baptist Church — Cookeville, TN1,304
366Lone Oak First — Paducah, KY1,301
367Bayside Baptist Church — Harrison, TN1,300
367Bentonville First Baptist Church — Bentonville, AR1,300
367Daybreak Community Church — Carlsbad, CA1,300
367First Baptist Church — Hurst, TX1,300
367First Baptist of Gainesville — Gainesville, GA1,300
367First Keller — Keller, TX1,300
367First Southern Baptist Church — Oklahoma City, OK1,300
367Hibernia Baptist Church — Fleming Island, FL1,300
367Higher Ground Baptist Church — Kingsport, TN1,300
367Hill Crest — Anniston, AL1,300
367Hopewell Baptist Church — Gainesville, GA1,300
367Johns Creek Baptist Church — Alpharetta, GA1,300
367Morristown First Baptist Church — Morristown, TN1,300
367Oak Ridge Baptist Church — Salisbury, MD1,300
381First Baptist Church Woodbridge, Incorporated — Woodbridge, VA1,299
382First Baptist Church — Lubbock, TX1,298
383First Baptist Church — Roanoke, VA1,296
383Westwood Baptist Church — Alabaster, AL1,296
385Bellevue — Owensboro, KY1,295
386Centennial Community Church — Littleton, CO1,291
387North Asheville Baptist Church — Asheville, NC1,286
388Emmanuel Baptist Church — Enid, OK1,284
389Hiland Park Baptist Church — Panama City, FL1,283
389Jersey Village Baptist Church — Houston, TX1,283
391First Baptist Church — Universal Cty, TX1,281
391Hilldale Baptist Church — Clarksville, TN1,281
393New River Community Church — Lake Wylie, SC1,278
394Avalon Church — McDonough, GA1,275
395FishHawk Fellowship — Lithia, FL1,269
396Metro — Edwardsville, IL1,268
397Parkwood Baptist Church — Gastonia, NC1,267
398Grace Fellowship Church — Paradise, TX1,262
399Lakeview — Auburn, AL1,260
400Aloma Church Ministries, Inc. — Winter Park, FL1,255
401Fruit Cove Baptist Church — Jacksonville, FL1,252
402Peace Baptist Church — Decatur, GA1,251
403Dothan First — Dothan, AL1,250
403First Baptist Church of Allen, Texas — Allen, TX1,250
403Powhatan Community Church — Powhatan, VA1,250
403Skyway Church of The West Valley — Goodyear, AZ1,250
407Westside Baptist Church — Jacksonville, FL1,248
408First Missionary Baptist Church — Ardmore, OK1,246
409First Baptist Church — Georgetown, TX1,245
410Journey Church — Evans, GA1,244
411Prattville First Baptist Church — Prattville, AL1,243
412Watkinsville First Baptist Church — Watkinsville, GA1,233
413The Fellowship at Two Rivers — Nashville, TN1,231
414First Baptist Church of Merritt Island — Merritt Island, FL1,230
415Calvary — Tuscaloosa, AL1,228
416Dogwood Church — Peachtree City, GA1,223
417The Glade Church — Gladeville, TN1,218
418Birchman Baptist Church, Fort Worth — Fort Worth, TX1,215
419First Baptist Church — Midlothian, TX1,212
419Golden Acres  Baptist  Church — Phenix City, AL1,212
421Terrace Church at Six Mile — Tampa, FL1,211
422Englewood — Rocky Mount, NC1,208
423Stuart Heights Baptist Church — Hixson, TN1,204
424Cedar Street Baptist Church of God — Richmond, VA1,200
424Daystar Church — Greensboro, NC1,200
424Emmanuel Haitian Baptist Church — Miami, FL1,200
424Faith Baptist Church — Youngsville, NC1,200
424First Baptist Church — Richardson, TX1,200
424First Baptist Church, Summit — Summit, MS1,200
424First Baptist of Douglasville — Douglasville, GA1,200
424Fraternity Haitian Baptist Church — Miami, FL1,200
424Hope Ministries Ocala — Ocala, FL1,200
424North Oxford Baptist Church — Oxford, MS1,200
424Northeast Houston Baptist Church, Humble — Humble, TX1,200
424Russell Missionary Baptist Church — Green Cove Springs, FL1,200
424Tacoma First Baptist Church — Tacoma, WA1,200
424Travis Avenue Baptist Church — Fort Worth, TX1,200
424Woodland Park Baptist Church — Chattanooga, TN1,200
439Westside Baptist Church — Gainesville, FL1,195
440First Baptist Church — Lewisville, TX1,191
441Northcliffe Baptist Church — Spring Hill, FL1,189
442Northside Baptist Church — Lexington, SC1,186
443Parkway Church — Victoria, TX1,184
444Harrisburg Baptist Church — Tupelo, MS1,181
445Vaughn Forest Church — Montgomery, AL1,175
446Hermitage Hills Baptist Church — Hermitage, TN1,174
447Crossway Baptist Church — Springfield, MO1,170
447First Baptist Church of Pelham — Pelham, AL1,170
449Grove Avenue Baptist Church — Richmond, VA1,169
450First Baptist North Mobile — Saraland, AL1,164
451Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church — Moore, SC1,160
451First Baptist Church — Warrensburg, MO1,160
453Florence — Florence, KY1,159
454Green Street — High Point, NC1,157
454South Biscayne Church — North Port, FL1,157
456Western Avenue — Statesville, NC1,153
457Village Baptist Church — Fayetteville, NC1,152
458Arran Lake Baptist Church — Fayetteville, NC1,150
458Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington — Arlington, TX1,150
458Coronado Baptist Church — El Paso, TX1,150
458Emmanuel Community Church — Conyers, GA1,150
458First Baptist Church — Lafayette, LA1,150
458Friendship Baptist Church — The Colony, TX1,150
458Gulf to Lake Baptist Church, Inc. — Crystal River, FL1,150
458Hardin — Hardin, KY1,150
458Hopewell — Monroe, NC1,150
458Rich Fork — Thomasville, NC1,150
468Pathways Community Church — Santee, CA1,145
469North Side Baptist Church — Greenwood, SC1,144
470Harvest Baptist Church — Watauga, TX1,143
471First Baptist Church — Colleyville, TX1,142
471High Rock — Salisbury, NC1,142
473NorthPark Baptist Church — Trussville, AL1,141
474First Baptist Church — Burleson, TX1,138
475First Baptist Church — Frisco, TX1,136
476Crossroads Baptist Church — The Woodlands, TX1,134
477First Baptist Church Statesboro — Statesboro, GA1,130
478Fairview Baptist Church — Columbus, MS1,125
479Dayspring Baptist Church — Mobile, AL1,121
480West Jackson Baptist Church — Jackson, TN1,120
481Ocean View Church — San Diego, CA1,115
482Columbia First Baptist Church — Columbia, TN1,113
483North Side Baptist Church — Weatherford, TX1,110
484Hunters’ Glen Baptist Church — Plano, TX1,107
485The Fellowship At Cinco Ranch — Katy, TX1,106
486Calvary Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA1,104
487Immanuel — Lexington, KY1,103
488Belle Aire Baptist Church — Murfreesboro, TN1,100
488Central Baptist Church — Warner Robins, GA1,100
488Cielo Vista Church, El Paso — El Paso, TX1,100
488Cool Spring Baptist Church — Mechanicsville, VA1,100
488Cornerstone Baptist Church — Roseville, MI1,100
488First Baptist Church — Irving, TX1,100
488First Baptist Church — Branson, MO1,100
488First Baptist Church Powder Springs — Powder Springs, GA1,100
488Fort Mill First Baptist Church — Fort Mill, SC1,100
488Green Valley Baptist Church — Henderson, NV1,100
488Hillcrest Baptist Church — Lebanon, TN1,100
488Mount Zion Baptist Church — Huntsville, AL1,100
488Rock Hill First Baptist Church — Rock Hill, SC1,100
488Russellville First Baptist Church — Russellville, AR1,100
488Vandalia First Baptist Church — Vandalia, OH1,100
488Westside Baptist Church — Lewisville, TX1,100
504Binghamtown — Middlesboro, KY1,096
504Franklin Heights Baptist Church — Rocky Mount, VA1,096
506Prince Avenue Baptist Church — Bogart, GA1,095
507First Baptist Church — Bryan, TX1,092
508First Baptist Church Lilburn — Lilburn, GA1,091
509First Baptist Church — Odessa, TX1,090
510Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin — Austin, TX1,088
511West University Baptist Church — Houston, TX1,086
512LifeSpring Church, SBC — Bellevue, NE1,085
513Old Fort Baptist Church — Summerville, SC1,080
514The River Community Church — Cookeville, TN1,079
515First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia — Alexandria, VA1,076
516Millbrook Baptist Church — Aiken, SC1,074
517First Baptist Church of Mt Pleasant — Mt Pleasant, SC1,070
518Cornerstone Community — Marion, IL1,064
518Highland Baptist Church — Waco, TX1,064
520Living Stone Cathedral of Worship — Littlerock, CA1,060
521Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, Mansfield — Mansfield, TX1,059
522Northside Baptist Church — Liverpool, NY1,057
523Little Flock — Shepherdsville, KY1,056
524The Church at Viera — Melbourne, FL1,054
525Forest Hills Baptist Church — Nashville, TN1,051
526Enterprise First Baptist Church — Enterprise, AL1,050
526First Baptist Church Madison — Madison, MS1,050
526First Baptist Church of New Port Richey — New Port Richey, FL1,050
526Harris Creek Baptist Church — Mc Gregor, TX1,050
526Living Water Foundation Church And Ministries, Inc — Norfolk, VA1,050
526New Song Church — Carrollton, TX1,050
526Tri-Cities Baptist Church — Gray, TN1,050
533First Baptist Church of Weston — Weston, FL1,049
534Tillman’s Corner First — Mobile, AL1,048
535First Baptist of Cumming — Cumming, GA1,047
536First Baptist Church — Richmond, VA1,045
536Mountain View Baptist Church — Thomaston, GA1,045
536St Luke Missionary Baptist Church — Humble, TX1,045
539Brookwood Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA1,043
540Southwinds Church — Tracy, CA1,040
541Lindsay Lane Baptist Church — Athens, AL1,036
541The Summit Church — North Little Rock, AR1,036
543Lakeside Baptist Church — Granbury, TX1,035
544South Tampa Fellowship — Tampa, FL1,034
545Hillcrest — Hopkinsville, KY1,033
545Porter Memorial — Lexington, KY1,033
547First Baptist Church — Houma, LA1,032
548Salem Baptist Church — McDonough, GA1,031
549Copperfield Church — Houston, TX1,030
549Cornerstone Family Church — St. Cloud, FL1,030
551First Baptist Church — The Woodlands, TX1,029
552First Baptist Church of Brandon — Brandon, MS1,028
552Glen Haven Baptist Church — McDonough, GA1,028
554Hot Springs First Baptist Church — Hot Springs, AR1,026
555Pioneer Drive Baptist Church — Abilene, TX1,025
556First Baptist Church of Ocala — Ocala, FL1,023
556West Acres Baptist Church — Evans, GA1,023
558First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach — Daytona Beach, FL1,021
558First Baptist Church of Leesburg — Leesburg, FL1,021
560514 Church — New Albany, OH1,020
560First Chinese Baptist Church — Walnut, CA1,020
562Life Community Church — Jamestown, NC1,013
563Corryton Baptist Church — Corryton, TN1,012
564First Baptist of Augusta — Augusta, GA1,011
565Oakland Baptist Church — Corinth, MS1,010
566Clearview Baptist Church — Travelers Rest, SC1,009
567Decatur Baptist — Decatur, AL1,007
568Cypress Baptist Church — Benton, LA1,006
569Deep Creek Baptist Church — Chesapeake, VA1,005
569New Hope Church — Lorton, VA1,005
571First Baptist Church — Belton, TX1,003
572Progressive Community Church — Stockton, CA1,002
573Cross Brand Cowboy Church — Tyler, TX1,001
574Amite Baptist Church — Denham Springs, LA1,000
574Antioch Church — Long Beach, CA1,000
574City Church — Tallahassee, FL1,000
574Coggin Avenue Baptist Church — Brownwood, TX1,000
574Crestview Baptist Church — Georgetown, TX1,000
574Emmanuel Baptist Church — Grenada, MS1,000
574Family Fellowship of Greenville — Greenville, TX1,000
574First Baptist Church of Rincon — Rincon, GA1,000
574First Baptist Church on the Square — LaGrange, GA1,000
574Good Community Church — Torrance, CA1,000
574Greenwell Springs Baptist Church — Greenwell Springs, LA1,000
574Mims Baptist Church, Conroe — Conroe, TX1,000
574New Life Christian Fellowship — Blacksburg, VA1,000
574Pleasant Garden — Pleasant Garden, NC1,000
574Primera Iglesia Bautista de Coral Park — Miami, FL1,000
574Sardis Missionary Baptist Church — Birmingham, AL1,000
574Second Missionary Baptist Church — Grandview, MO1,000
574Sharon-H Baptist Church — McDonough, GA1,000
574The Journey Church — New York, NY1,000
574The Tabernacle — Danville, VA1,000
574Tulip Grove Baptist Church — Old Hickory, TN1,000
About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Ryan Mahoney

    Problem is that the 1% is dominating the 99% through cultural liturgies so that the desires of the 99% are shaped to conform to the 1% and their interests. Maybe we need an Occupy movement for Evangelicalism.

  • Chris Logan

    What percentage of people go to a mega church of the total churchgoing population? Percentage of churches seems less helpful to me in light of that number …

  • SteveSherwood

    I think this is significant. I can tend to be anti-mega-church as a default and have been repenting of that for a couple years now. But, as most churches are NOT mega-churches and most Christians attend something smaller (often significantly smaller), I wish more attention were devoted to, “What does a healthy, small to mid-size congregation look like?” How does that body, and its constituting members function as salt and light in their communities? I’m sure there are folks talking about that, but the buzz always seems to be about the megas.

  • SteveSherwood

    I do think that would be interesting to know. Clearly, the percentage of churchgoers would be much higher than 2%. Still, I suspect the vast majority of Christians, both in the U.S. and world-wide are not in mega-churches.

  • Scott Gay

    I would like to remind people of the 7 deadly sins map researched by geographers at Kansas State University. It’s relevant because the location of this list of churches corresponds directly.

  • Ryan Mahoney

    Fasting growing segment of the Christian population in the global south is among large Pentecostal churches; America has exported its Empire rather well.

  • http://thecommonloon.com/ Dan Stringer

    It’s funny that this sort of data surprises us. The vast majority of churches are not mega. The vast majority of books aren’t bestsellers. The vast majority of human beings aren’t famous. In a culture that prizes individual performance and achievement, we gravitate toward a celebrity-shaped understanding of success, as reflected in our theology of individual spiritual growth and individual church growth.

    Despite the overwhelming prevalence of numerically “small” churches, we feel inadequate when our local church is not a famous mega bestseller. Brandon O’Brien writes about this eloquently in The Strategically Small Church (Bethany, 2010). Even the impulse to downplay the “percentage of churches” in favor of “percentage of churchgoers” reflects an assumption that concentrated consumption describes a “model” for ministry that looks nothing like the vast majority of our local churches.

  • Christyinlosangeles

    Per Barna, just over 10% of Protestants attend churches of 1,000 or more, and 50% of all churchgoers in the US attend the largest 10% of churches. The percentage varies a lot depending where in the country you are – ie. there are way more mega-churches in the south than there are in the northeast.

  • Gary Snowden

    Found it interesting that only 2 of the top 20 of these SBC megachurches include the word “Baptist” in their church name.

  • James

    1. Those churches are responsible for 21 percent of the attendance at SBC churches. (I took the attendance number from http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=40451 and that it compare to the summation of the 595 churches listed.
    2. A lot of them are Dallas/Ft Worth area and Houston area neighborhoods.
    3. I wonder if you were to take the 500 and up what the percentage would be.
    4. We’re missing all of the Mega-churches (Lakewood etc.)
    5. When 20 percent of your attendance goes to .5 percent of your churches they are going to have major influence.

  • AHH

    Actually I count 4 of the top 20.
    But the point is well taken about how many megachurches are stealthy with regard to their denominational affiliation.

  • Gary Snowden

    You’re right. A bit careless of me in my calculations. I still have a bit of a challenge in thinking of Thomas Road in Lynchburg as Southern Baptist. Time to cue the response I suppose that the SBC has moved far enough to the right that Jerry Falwell’s church now feels at home there.

  • http://bookwi.se/ Adam Shields

    I wonder what percentage of baptisms (always important for SBC) comes from these churches. I have no idea whether it is disproportionately higher or not. My memory suggests that I saw a study that said that mega-churches are more likely than small (but less than medium) sized churches to have adult conversion and baptism, but I may be mis-remembering.

  • Lawrence LaPointe

    I find it funny 2nd Baptist Houston dwarfs 1st Baptist Houston

  • tanyam

    Good reminder too, that there are whole states without a name on this list, and plenty of Christians that have never heard of a single one of these churches.

  • Barb

    I was surprised that Mosaic Los Angeles was SBC

  • Mark Holcomb

    A lot of Baptists in Texas, huh?

  • BradK

    Scott, so are you implying that God has placed lots of members of his body in places where there are lots of sinners? ;-)


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