Megachurches: By the Numbers


By Kent E. Fillinger and Ben Simms


Fastest-Growing Churches in 2008:

 • The Crossing, Quincy, IL, 27%

• Crosspointe, Cary, NC, 22%

• Compass Christian, Colleyville, TX, 22%

• Central Christian, Mesa, AZ, 22%

Fastest-Growing since 2003:

• Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, IL, 183%

 • Real Life Ministries, Post Falls, ID, 172%

• Crossroads Christian Church, Grand Prairie, TX, 101%

Fastest-Growing since 1997:

 • Christ’s Church of the Valley, Peoria, AZ, 477%

• Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN, 371%

• Central Christian Church, Henderson, NV, 307%

What  is “AVERAGE”?

The 54 megachurches’ average size: 4,116

 The 63 emerging megachurches’ average size: 1,419

All 117 churches’ average size: 2,664

Total attendance of all 117 churches on an average weekend: 311,636

Total attendance for Easter 2008: 515,717

Total baptisms for all of 2008: 21,384


State by State

Number of churches reported in each state:




8—Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida

5—Colorado, Missouri

4—Nevada, Kansas

3—Idaho, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington

2—Georgia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin

1—Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee

27 states have a megachurch listed

Growth Percentage Overview in 2008:

1 church grew more than 26%

 20 churches grew 11 to 25%

15 churches grew 6 to 10%

26 churches grew 1 to 5%

7 churches were stagnating between 0.4 and -0.4%

21 churches declined 1 to 5%

9 churches declined 6 to 10%

5 churches declined more than 11%


63% grew and 37% stagnated or declined

 The average 1-year growth rate was 2.8%

The 54 megachurches grew 3.5% in the past year

The 63 emerging megachurches grew 2.2% in the past year

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