2018 Fast Facts about Large and Medium Churches
2018 Fast Facts about Large and Medium Churches

These statistics from 2018 are gleaned from megachurch and emerging megachurch data collected by Kent Fillinger. Be sure to read Fillinger’s article, 2018 Special Church Report, Part 2: Large and Medium Churches,” and look at the accompanying tables, “The 2018 Charts: Large and Medium Churches.”

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AVERAGE ATTENDANCE

Large Churches: 691

Medium Churches: 358

Combined average weekly attendance (174 churches): 91,595

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GROWTH RATES

Large Churches: 1.9% (down from 2.9% in 2017); overall, 52% of large churches grew (down from 56% in 2017)

Medium churches: 3.7% (up from 1.3% in 2017); overall, 60% of medium churches grew (up from 49% in 2017)

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FASTEST-GROWING LARGE CHURCHES

Ekklesia Christian Church, Conway, SC: 53.8%

Rise City Church, Lakeside, CA: 31.8%

Northside Christian Church, Warrensburg, MO: 28.1%

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FASTEST-GROWING MEDIUM CHURCHES

First Christian Church, Roanoke Rapids, NC: 50%

Chilhowie Christian Church, Chilhowie, VA: 32.4%

First Christian Church, Griffith, IN: 30.7%

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BAPTISMS

Large churches baptized 3,039 people (an average of 35 baptisms per church)

Medium churches baptized 1,826 people (an average of 22 per church)

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BAPTISM RATIOS

Number of baptisms per 100 people in average attendance:

Large churches: 5.0

Medium churches: 5.8

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HIGHEST BAPTISM RATIOS—LARGE CHURCHES

Ekklesia Christian Church, Conway, SC: 14.4

New Life Christian Church, Alexandria, MN: 11.6

The Crossing Church, Batavia, OH: 10.9

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HIGHEST BAPTISM RATIOS—MEDIUM CHURCHES

Jessamine Christian Church, Nicholasville, KY: 34.1

Verve Church, Las Vegas, NV: 21.9

Crossroads Christian Church, Largo, FL: 13.8

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GIVING

Average weekly per-person giving (based on general fund only):

Large churches: $32.64 (up from $32.05 in 2017)

Medium churches: $32.06 (up from $31.11 in 2017)

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OUTREACH GIVING

Percentage of total budget spent on ministry “outside the walls”:

Large churches: 13.9%

Medium churches: 15.1%

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BUDGETED FOR STAFFS

Percentage of total budget invested on ministry staff:

Large churches: 45.6%

Medium churches: 49.1%

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STATES WITH MOST LARGE CHURCHES

Indiana — 12

Kentucky — 9

Ohio — 9

STATES WITH THE MOST MEDIUM CHURCHES

Indiana — 18

Kentucky — 8

Ohio — 8

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OLDEST AND YOUNGEST CHURCHES REPORTING—YEAR STARTED

Oldest Large Church: Boones Creek Christian Church, Johnson City, TN—1825

Oldest Medium Church: First Christian Church, Monticello, KY—1831

Youngest Large Church: Ekklesia Christian Church, Conway, SC—2014

Youngest Medium Church: LifeSpring Community Christian Church, Harrison, OH—2016

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