All posts tagged: Church Growth

Where do you feel the closest to God?


I met with a friend a few days ago. He took me out for some Mexican Food at a place call Sol Mexican Grill. The food is amazing there. At the end of of our wonderful time together, I asked him the following question: “My church is not growing, what else do I need to do? He looked at me and said, “I don’t know! I don’t know! What kind of answer is that? I thought to myself. “There is a lot of stuff you need to do, and all of them are equally important. But, there is one thing I would focus on the most,” He added. At this time he proceeded to tell me a story about a friend: “My friend went to Italy for vacation and he came back very excited about his visit. So I asked him what excited him the most on his trip. He said, it was a visit to one of the historic Cathedrals in Rome that blew his mind. He told me he had never felt that closed to …

2012’s Top Churches to Watch/ part 5


  TOP 10 U.S. CHURCHES to learn from about CHURCH SIZE These are the top churches to learn from about running a large church. Lakewood Church (Houston, TX) :: Joel Osteen Made 6/6 size lists with an average attendance of 44,333 Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill Hybels Made 6/6 size lists with an average attendance of 23,213 Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX) :: Ed Young, Sr. Made 6/6 size lists with an average attendance of 22,325 North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley Made 6/6 size lists with an average attendance of 22,015 LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel **Made 4/4 size lists with an average attendance of 20,894 **(did not report numbers in 2010 & 2011 despite mid-30K+ attendance) Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick Warren Made 6/6 size lists with an average attendance of 20,489 Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) :: Dave Stone Made 6/6 size lists with an average attendance of 18,348 Phoenix First Assembly (Phoenix, AZ) :: Tommy Barnett **Made 4/4 size lists with an average attendance of 17,023 **(did not report numbers in …

2012’s top Churches to Watch/ Part 4


TOP 10 U.S. CHURCHES to learn from about CHURCH PLANTING These are the top churches to learn from about planting multiple churches. Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York, NY) :: Tim Keller Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #1 Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #2 Northwood Church (Keller, TX) :: Bob Roberts Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #3 Perimeter Church (Duluth, GA) :: Randy Pope Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #4 Spanish River Church (Boca Raton, FL) :: David Nicholas Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #5 East 91st Street Christian Center (Indianapolis, IN) :: Derek Duncan Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #6 Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) :: Dave Ferguson Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #7 Fellowship Bible Church (Little Rock, AR) :: Bill Wellons Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of #8 Kensington Community Church (Troy, MI) :: Steve Andrews Made 1/1 church planting lists with a rank of …

2012’s Top Churches to Watch/ Part 3


TOP 10 U.S. CHURCHES to learn from about CHURCH INNOVATION These are the top churches to learn from about innovative methods. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #1 Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) :: Mark Beeson Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #2.5 Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll [tie for 3rd] Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #5.5 Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC) :: Greg Surratt [tie for 3rd] Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #5.5 Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young, Jr. [tie for 5th] Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #6 Mosaic Church (Los Angeles, CA) :: Erwin McManus [tie for 5th] Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #6 North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley [tie for 5th] Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #6 National Community Church (Washington, DC) :: Mark Batterson Made 2/2 innovation lists with an average rank of #9.5 Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) :: Dave Ferguson Made 2/2 innovation lists …

2012’s Top Churches to Watch/ Part 2


  TOP 10 U.S. CHURCHES to learn from about CHURCH GROWTH These are the top churches to learn from about how to consistently experience high level growth. Church of the Highlands (Birmingham, AL) :: Chris Hodges Made 7/8 growth lists with an average rank of #29.86 Crossroads Community Church (Cincinnati, OH) :: Brian Tome Made 7/8 growth lists with an average rank of #37.14 Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC) :: Greg Surratt Made 7/8 growth lists with an average rank of #59.14 Lancaster County Bible Church (Manheim, PA) :: David Ashcraft Made 7/8 growth lists with an average rank of #68.0 Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll Made 6/8 growth lists with an average rank of 34.17 Central Christian Church (Las Vegas, NV) :: Jud Wilhite Made 6/8 lists with an average rank of 36.0 Woodlands Church (Woodlands, TX) :: Kerry Shook Made 6/8 growth lists with an average rank of #37.0 Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria, AZ) :: Don Wilson Made 6/8 growth lists with an average rank of 37.67 Community Bible Church (San Antonio, TX) :: Robert Emmitt Made 6/8 growth lists with …

2012’s Top Churches to watch in America/ Part 1


At the end of January, every church in my denomination receives an annual church questionnaire. This questionnaire helps my denomination to study conversion or new birth experiences, baptism, weekly attendance, growth rates, scope of influence, church planting efforts etc… to see if we are successful in building God’s kingdom. If you study or research churches, you know that everybody relies heavily on the above metrics to determine successful or failing churches. And everybody knows that this is not necessarily a perfect way to measure churches. That’s because, “sometimes exceptional churches have humble results in terms of size, growth, and influence while sometimes unhealthy churches know all the right formulas to give the appearance of spiritual success.” However, “these matrices are our most reliable, efficient, and accurate way to gauge churches in research studies.” – please look for the lists in the next posts… but let say this in closing – 1. It is important for every church leader to learn from other churches 2. It is important to use one’s time wisely when studying other churches …