22 May, 2024

2023 Annual Survey Fast Facts

Features

by | 1 May, 2024 | 1 comment

Screenshot

AVERAGE WEEKLY IN-PERSON-ONLY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE 

Megachurches: 4,499 (37 churches) 

Emerging Megachurches: 1,088 (43 churches) 

Large Churches: 591 (38 churches) 

Medium Churches: 320 (54 churches) 

Small Churches: 137 (74 churches) 

Very Small Churches: 49 (68 churches) 

_ _ _ 

AVERAGE WEEKLY IN-PERSON + ONLINE WORSHIP ATTENDANCE 

Megachurches: 6,424 (37 churches) 

Emerging Megachurches: 1,430 (43 churches) 

Large Churches: 712 (38 churches) 

Medium Churches: 370 (54 churches) 

Small Churches: 162 (74 churches) 

Very Small Churches: 55 (68 churches) 

76% of the churches reported online worship attendance numbers 

_ _ _ 

TOTAL ATTENDANCE GROWTH RATES (2022 TO 2023) 

Megachurches: 12.0% 

Emerging Megachurches: 25.2% 

Large: 14.4% 

Medium: 11.6% 

Small: 8.5% 

Very Small: 9.0% 

Overall: 13% 

_ _ _ 

Screenshot

_ _ _

TOP 3 FASTEST-GROWING CHURCHES (2022-2023) 

Megachurches: 

44.0%: Pantano Christian Church, Tucson, AZ 

30.3%: Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, IL 

29.6%: Redemption Christian Church, Jasper, IN 

Emerging Megachurches: 

347.3%: Fortville Christian Church, Fortville, IN 

73.6%: Hill City Church, Boise, ID 

63.9%: The Hills Church, Evansville, IN  

Large: 

63.6%: First Christian Church, Warsaw, IN 

43.8%: Norwin Christian Church, North Huntingdon, PA 

31.3%: New Hope Christian Church, Roanoke, VA 

Medium: 

106%: Cornerstone Christian Church, Lincoln, NE 

52.1%: Venture Christian Church, Katy, TX 

30.3%: Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City, MI 

Small: 

56.5%: Church of Christ Greater New Orleans, St. Bernard, LA 

38.2%: Oak Park Christian Church, Grover Beach, CA 

36.1%: Faith Christian Church, New Philadelphia, OH 

Very Small: 

67.3%: First Christian Church of Tyrone, Tyrone, GA 

42.9%: North Baltimore Church of Christ, North Baltimore, OH 

39.1%: Mt Bethel Christian Church, Limestone, TN 

_ _ _ 

EASTER VS. CHRISTMAS EVE ATTENDANCE 

  • Easter Total Attendance: 626,700 (311 churches reporting) 
  • Christmas Eve Total Attendance: 598,893 (301 churches reporting) 

_ _ _ 

TOTAL BAPTISMS  
(categorized by total attendance) 

Megachurches baptized 21,218 people, an average of 573 baptisms per church. 

Emerging Megachurches baptized 3,721 people, an average of 87 baptisms per church. 

Large Churches baptized 1,450 people, an average of 38 baptisms per church. 

Medium Churches baptized 1,187 people, an average of 22 per church. 

Small Churches baptized 840 people, an average of 11 baptisms per church. 

Very Small Churches baptized 241 people, an average of 4 baptisms per church. 

_ _ _ 

BAPTISM RATIOS  
(number of baptisms per 100 in average weekly worship attendance) 

Megachurches: 8.2 

Emerging Megachurches: 6.0 

Large: 5.4 

Medium: 5.9 

Small: 7.1 

Very Small: 6.2 

Overall: 6.5 

_ _ _ 

TOP BAPTISM RATIOS 

Megachurches: 

14.9: Journey Christian Church, Apopka, FL 

14.4: Compass Christian Church, Chandler, AZ 

14.4: Valley Real Life, Greenacres, WA 

Emerging Megachurches: 

13.5: The Church at Mt. Gilead, Mooresville, IN 

10.8: Victory Christian Church, Franklin, IN 

10.8: Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, Cleves, OH 

Large: 

15.4: Christ’s Church—Ft. Wayne, Ft. Wayne, IN 

10.7: Current: A Christian Church, Katy, TX 

9.0: Crosspoint Christian Church, Cape Coral, FL 

Medium: 

21.2: Potomac Valley Church, Dumfries, VA 

19.5: First Christian Church, Monticello, KY 

11.8: Northfield Church of Christ, Fort Dodge, IA 

Small: 

31.5: Cross Culture Church, Aurora, CO 

23.8: Emmaus Church, Burlington, ON, Canada 

20.0: Real Life Christian Church, Bend, OR 

Very Small: 

30.8: Greenwood Christian Church, Greenwood, MO 

24.0: North Baltimore Church of Christ, North Baltimore, OH  

23.1: Peeled Oak Christian Church, Owingsville, KY 

_ _ _ 

BUCKS SPENT PER BAPTISM  
(based on total giving in most recent fiscal year) 

Megachurches: $13,842 

Emerging Megachurches: $31,381 

Large: $35,415 

Medium: $35,598 

Small: $27,592 

Very Small: $31,680 

Overall: $15,956 

_ _ _ 

LEAD MINISTER AVERAGE AGE 

Megachurches: 49.9 

Emerging Megachurches: 48.8 

Large: 53.0 

Medium: 51.8 

Small: 50.7 

Very Small: 59.2 

Overall: 52.6 

* 29% of lead ministers were 60 or older 

* 16% of lead ministers were 65 or older 

_ _ _ 

OLDEST VS. YOUNGEST LEAD MINISTER 

Dylan Bjorkland, Christview Christian Church, Winchester, KY: 28 years old 

Palma Bennett, Mt. Bethel Christian Church, Limestone, TN: 88 years old 

_ _ _ 

LEAD MINISTER AVERAGE TENURE  

Megachurches: 12.1 years 

Emerging Megachurches: 10.3 years 

Large: 13.4 years 

Medium: 11.1 years 

Small: 9.7 years 

Very Small: 9.9 years 

Overall: 10.8 years 

_ _ _ 

STAYING POWER AWARD  
(number of years served as lead minister at current church) 

Megachurches: Cam Huxford, Compassion Christian Church, Savannah, GA—39 years 

Emerging Megachurches: Jeff Faull, The Church at Mt. Gilead, Mooresville, IN—35 years 

Large: Roger Ferguson, Clifton Christian Church, Clifton, CO—43 years 

Medium: David Simpson, Lanier Christian Church, Gainesville, GA—47 years 

Small: Bob Stevens, Allensburg Church of Christ, Lynchburg, OH—40 years  

Very Small: Jerran Jackson, Clarksburg Christian Church, Clarksburg, IN—44 years 

_ _ _ 

AVERAGE START DATE OF CHURCH 

Megachurches: 1965 

Emerging Megachurches: 1947 

Large churches: 1944 

Medium churches: 1942 

Small Churches: 1942 

Very Small Churches: 1927 

_ _ _ 

CHURCH LOCATIONS 

An older residential area in the city (> 50,000 people): 10%  

A downtown or central area of the city (> 50,000): 7%  

A newer suburb around the city (> 50,000): 14%  

An older suburb around the city (> 50,000): 19%  

A city of 10,000 to 49,999, or in an area where a city of that size serves as a hub: 19%  

A small town or rural community (< 10,000): 31% 

_ _ _ 

CHURCH LOCATIONS (BY STATE) 

37 states represented plus 2 Canadian provinces. 

  • Ohio: 49 churches 
  • Indiana: 34 churches 
  • Kentucky: 27 churches 
  • Illinois: 22 churches 
  • Florida: 16 churches 
  • Missouri: 15 churches 
  • Georgia: 13 churches 
  • Michigan: 12 churches 
  • Virginia: 10 churches 
  • Arizona, Iowa, Tennessee, Washington: 9 churches each 
  • Kansas: 8 churches 
  • North Carolina: 7 churches 
  • California, Colorado, Nebraska: 6 churches 
  • Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon: 5 churches 
  • South Dakota: 4 churches 
  • Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia: 3 churches 
  • New Mexico, Nevada, Utah: 2 churches 
  • Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming: 1 church  
  • New Brunswick and Ontario, Canada: 1 church 

1 Comment

  1. Keith Corum

    What are the estimated number of congregations that did not report?

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Features

Follow Us