Top 100 Fatest Growing Churches in 2006
Last week, Christian Post reported that
Here’s some of interesting facts:
- 52 churches are new to the top 100 list.
leads the states with 19 with Texas , California , and Florida following with 8 respectively (a total of 30 states represented in study). Georgia
- Southern Baptist top the denominational list with 27 with Independent (18) in second with Independent charismatic (11) in third.
- 40 of the churches on the list are also on the top 100 largest churches.
- 1/10 of the 1,000+ megachurches are less than 10 years old.
A couple of notable churches on the list:
(Bill Hybels) at 8 with 2,900 additions Willow Creek Community Church
- Lifechurch.tv (Graig Groeschel) at 11 with 2,849 additions
(Mark Driscoll) at 15 with 2,100 additions Mars Hill Church
- The Church at Brook Hills (David Platt) at 23 with 1,531 additions
(Ed Young Jr.) at 37 with 1,248 additions Fellowship Church (Rick Warren) at 39 with 1,149 additions Saddleback Church (Ed Young Sr.) at 40 with 1,110 additions Second Baptist Church (Clint Pressley) at 73 with 800 Dauphin Way Baptist Church (Jack Graham) at 97 with 655 Prestonwood Baptist Church
A couple not on the least that I thought would be there:
- Southeast Christian Church (Bob Russell)
(Andy Stanley) Northpoint Community Church (Rob Bell) Mars Hill Bible Church (Steve Gaines) Bellevue Baptist Church First Baptist Church (Johnny Hunt) Woodstock
Oh, and in case you are looking for a church name that is most likely to make it on the list, try, beginning the name with either “Crossroads” or “Calvary” and then end it with “Community Church.” I figure I would add to the pragmatic tips and pretend like I am a church growth guru.
But seriously, I wonder what the criteria is for additions. I mean, if a church is 15,000 members strong and 1 out of 8 families has a child that year, what do you think that will do to the numbers? Or what percentage is transfer growth? Or the $64,000 question is how many are unregenerate?
To view the entire list for 2006 as well as previous years, click here.