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Outreach magazine has released their 2008 list of the Top 100 Largest Churches in America. This is an article on Church Relevance.

Here are the Top 15 (of 100) Largest Churches in America for 2008. I love this issue of the magazine, it comes out every October. You can learn so much from these churches about great things they have done, or even the mistakes they have made over the years. I am honored that God would have me in Houston to work at Second Baptist Church. It is an amazing church and I am daily blown away by what God is doing here in the church and in the student ministry.

Top 15 (of 100) Largest Churches in America for 2008

Lakewood Church (Houston, TX) :: Joel OsteenFounded 1959 ::
#1 = 43,500 (2008)
#1 = 47,000 (2007)
#1 = 45,000 (2006)

Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX) :: Ed Young Sr.Founded 1927 ::
5 locations
#2 = 23,659 (2008)
#3 = 23,198 (2007)
#3 = 22,266 (2006)

North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy StanleyFounded 1995 ::
3 locations
#3 = 22,557 (2008)
#7 = 17,700 (2007)
#12 = 16,700 (2006)

Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill HybelsFounded 1975 ::
4 locations
#4 = 22,500 (2008)
#2 = 23,500 (2007)
#5 = 21,500 (2006)

LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig GroeschelFounded 1996 ::
11 locations
#5 = 20,823 (2008)
#5 = 19,907 (2007)
#13 = 16,071 (2006)

West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Los Angeles, CA) :: Charles BlakeFounded 1943 ::
1 location
#6 = 20,000 (2008)
#50 = 8,350 (2006)

Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young Jr.Founded 1989 ::
5 locations
#7 = 19,913 (2008)
#16 = 13,000 (2007)(rumored misreport)
#9 = 18,124 (2006
Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick WarrenFounded 1980 ::
2 locations
#8 = 19,414 (2008)
#4 = 22,000 (2007)
#6 = 20,595 (2006)

Calvary Chapel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) :: Bob CoyFounded 1985 ::
3 locations
#9 = 18,000 (2008)
#9 = 17,000 (2007)
#8 = 18,300 (2006)

The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) :: T.D. JakesFounded 1996 ::
1 location
#10 = 17,000 (2008)
#10 = 17,000 (2007)
#20 = 14,000 (2006)

Woodlands Church (The Woodlands, TX) :: Kerry ShookFounded 1993 ::
3 locations
#11 = 16,380 (2008)
#12 = 15,600 (2007)
#18 = 14,120 (2006)

Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) :: Dave StoneFounded 1962 ::
1 location
#12 = 16,264 (2008)
#6 = 18,013 (2007)
#7 = 18,520 (2006)

Hopewell Missionary Baptist (Norcross, GA) :: William ShealsFounded 1860s ::
1 location#13 = 16,000 (2008)

New Birth Missionary Baptist (Decatur, GA) :: Eddie LongFounded 1984 ::
1 location
#14 = 15,000 (2008)
#13 = 15,000 (2007)
#4 = 22,000 (2006)

NorthRidge Church (Plymouth, MI) :: Brad PowellFounded 1929 ::
1 location
#15 = 14,762 (2008)
#15 = 13,865 (2007)
#23 = 12,700 (2006)

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