50 Most Influential Churches in America

Kent Shaffer —  July 16, 2007

The Church Report just published a list of the 50 Most Influential Churches in America of 2007. The research was conducted by Dr. John Vaughan of Church Growth Today. I recommend reading The Church Report’s short but informative article to learn how the data was collected, some history about the churches, as well as how they differ by denomination and geography.

If you enjoy learning the principles and techniques behind the successes of other churches, lists such as this one can be quite helpful and worth your time to study. I also find it helpful to know what other “lists” the churches have made and to have the opportunity to visit the churches’ websites.

So here is a list of the top 30 churches from 2007′s 50 Most Influential Churches in America with the church names hyperlinked to their websites and with recognition of which of the other eight below lists they have made:

List Reference

Top 30/50 Most Influential Churches in America of 2007

  1. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill Hybels
    >> 07 AMIC (#20)
    >> 06 FGC (#8) :: 05 FGC (#30)
    >> 06 LC (#5)
    >> 06 MIC (#1) :: 05 MIC (#2)
  2. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick Warren
    >> 07 AMIC (#18)
    >> 06 FGC (#39) :: 05 FGC (#5) :: 04 FGC (#15)
    >> 06 LC (#6)
    >> 06 MIC (#2) :: 05 MIC (#1)
  3. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young Jr.
    >> 07 AMIC (#4)
    >> 06 FGC (#37) :: 05 FGC (#20) :: 04 FGC (#5)
    >> 06 LC (#9)
    >> 06 MIC (#4) :: 05 MIC (#4)
  4. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley
    >> 07 AMIC (#3)
    >> 04 FGC (#4)
    >> 06 LC (#12)
    >> 06 MIC (#3) :: 05 MIC (#3)
  5. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel
    >> 07 AMIC (#1)
    >> 06 FGC (#11) :: 05 FGC (#4) :: 04 FGC (#8)
    >> 06 LC (#13)
    >> 06 MIC (#7) :: 05 MIC (#16)
  6. Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) :: Mark Beeson
    >> 07 AMIC (#2)
    >> 05 FGC (#62) :: 04 FGC (#27)
    >> 06 MIC (#14)
  7. Lakewood Church (Houston, TX) :: Joel Osteen
    >> 06 FGC (#1) :: 05 FGC (#3) :: 04 FGC (#1)
    >> 06 LC (#1)
    >> 06 MIC (#5) :: 05 MIC (#5)
  8. Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll
    >> 07 AMIC (#9)
    >> 06 FGC (#15) :: 05 FGC (#54)
    >> 06 MIC (#22) :: 05 MIC (#23)
    >> 07 TMC (#2)
  9. The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) :: T.D. Jakes
    >> 07 AMIC (#12)
    >> 06 FGC (#25) :: 04 FGC (#3)
    >> 06 LC (#20)
    >> 06 MIC (#8) :: 05 MIC (#8)
  10. Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC) :: Greg Surratt
    >> 07 AMIC (#6)
    >> 06 FGC (#54) :: 05 FGC (#28)
    >> 06 LC (#86)
    >> 06 MIC (#15) :: 05 MIC (#27)
  11. Mosaic Church (City of Industry, CA) :: Erwin McManus
    >> 07 AMIC (#5)
    >> 06 MIC (#12) :: 05 MIC (#41)
  12. Mars Hill Bible Church (Grandville, MI) :: Rob Bell
    >> 07 AMIC (#11)
    >> 04 FGC (#6)
    >> 06 LC (#35)
    >> 06 MIC (#17) :: 05 MIC (#20)
  13. North Coast Church (Vista, CA) :: Larry Osborn
    >> 07 AMIC (#19)
    >> 04 FGC (#43)
    >> 06 MIC (#10) :: 05 MIC (#11)
  14. First Assembly of God (Phoenix, AZ) :: Tommy Barnett
    >> 04 FGC (#17)
    >> 06 LC (#11)
    >> 06 MIC (#29) :: 05 MIC (#13)
  15. The Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS) :: Adam Hamilton
    >> 06 FGC (#98):: 04 FGC (#10)
    >> 06 LC (#48)
    >> 06 MIC (#11) :: 05 MIC (#8)
  16. Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) :: Dave Stone
    >> 05 FGC (#58) :: 04 FGC (#21)
    >> 06 LC (#7)
    >> 06 MIC (#6) :: 05 MIC (#50)
  17. The Brooklyn Tabernacle (Brooklyn, NY) :: Jim Cymbala
    >> 06 LC (#33)
    >> 06 MIC (#9) :: 05 MIC (#6)
  18. Calvary Chapel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) :: Bob Coy
    >> 05 FGC (#39) :: 04 FGC (#13)
    >> 06 LC (#8)
    >> 06 MIC (#40) :: 05 MIC (#40)
  19. Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) :: Dave Ferguson
    >> 07 AMIC (#7)
    >> 04 FGC (#48)
    >> 06 MIC (#13)
    >> 07 TMC (#7)
  20. New Hope Christian Fellowship (Oahu, HI) :: Wayne Cordero
    >> 07 AMIC (#10)
    >> 06 FGC (#46) :: 05 FGC (#12) :: 04 FGC (#23)
    >> 06 LC (#31)
    >> 06 MIC (#23) :: 05 MIC (#25)
  21. NewSpring Community Church (Anderson, SC) :: Perry Noble
    >> 06 FGC (#80) :: 05 FGC (#81)
  22. Prestonwood Baptist Church (Plano, TX) :: Jack Graham
    >> 06 FGC (#97) :: 05 FGC (#9) :: 04 FGC (#19)
    >> 06 LC (#17)
  23. Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York, NY) :: Timothy Keller
    >> 07 AMIC (#15)
    >> 06 MIC (#16) :: 05 MIC (#26)
    >> 07 TMC (#1)
  24. Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX) :: Ed Young Sr.
    >> 06 FGC (#40) :: 05 FGC (#7) :: 04 FGC (#7)
    >> 06 LC (#3)
    >> 0705 MIC (#33)
  25. Mariners Church (Irvine, CA) :: Kenton Beshore
    >> 06 LC (#45)
  26. Bayside Covenant Church (Granite Bay, CA) :: Ray Johnston
    >> 06 MIC (#20)
  27. Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana, CA) :: Chuck Smith
    >> 06 LC (#57)
  28. Christ Fellowship (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) :: Tom Mullins
    >> 06 FGC (#30) :: 05 FGC (#26) :: 04 FGC (#26)
    >> 06 LC (#32)
  29. First Baptist Church (Jacksonville, FL) :: Mac Brunson
    >> 06 LC (#52)
    >> 06 MIC (#19)
  30. First Baptist Church (Woodstock, GA) :: Johnny Hunt
    >> 06 LC (#100)

See the full list at The Church Report or visit Church Relevance’s churches to watch list, which includes churches from nine different lists. It is interesting to note that all 50 churches have previously made one of the eight other lists that Church Relevance has highlighted.

Lastly, before studying these churches, I highly recommend that you read Bobby Gruenewald’s 5 tips for studying lists.

Kent Shaffer

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