Oldest & Youngest Fastest-Growing Churches in America (2011 Edition)

Kent Shaffer —  September 22, 2011

Outreach magazine has released the 2011 list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America. You can buy a copy of the list at OutreachMagazine.com. It includes an in depth analysis of the research data and is the best way to quickly glean insights from the churches listed.

Since 2004, there have been 20 top church lists that have been published. Their scope ranges from size, growth rate, and church planting to innovation and influence. Remarkably, out of the combined 1,429 rankings from the list only 487 churches have been featured.

Since defining growth can be interpreted by number as well as percentage, the fastest-growing churches list takes in to account both. It is the fairest algorithm, but it makes for a hodge podge of churches.

I find the fastest-growing churches list most interesting when looking at who the youngest and oldest fastest-growing churches in America are.

TOP 9 YOUNGEST FASTEST-GROWING CHURCHES IN AMERICA (2011 edition)

  1. 2010 – The Potter’s House Church of Denver (Denver, CO) :: E. Christopher Hill
    grew by 1,800 (51%) across 1 location
  2. 2010 – Transformation Church (Fort Mill, SC) :: Derwin Gray
    grew by 696 (95%) across 1 location
  3. 2006 – Elevation Church (Charlotte, NC) :: Steven Furtick
    grew by 2,744 (48%) across 4 locations
  4. 2006 – Element Church (St Louis, MO) :: Erik Lawson
    grew by 278 (22%) across 1 location
  5. 2005 – Grace Community Church (Clarksville, TN) :: Ron Edmondson & Chad Rowland
    grew by 528 (33%) across 2 locations
  6. 2005 – Kingdom in the Valley Christian Church (Litchfield Park, AZ) :: Reginald Steele
    grew by 650 (26%) across 2 locations
  7. 2005 – Shore Fellowship Church (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) :: Tim Chambers
    grew by 386 (30%) across 1 location
  8. 2005 – The Crossing Church (Tampa, FL) :: Greg Dumas
    grew by 560 (13%) across 2 locations
  9. 2005 – Barefoot Church (North Myrtle, SC) :: Clay NeSmith
    grew by 288 (22%) across 2 locations

TOP 7 OLDEST FASTEST-GROWING CHURCHES IN AMERICA (2011 edition)

  1. 1808 – Huntsville First United Methodist Church (Huntsville, AL) :: Glenn Conner
    grew by 255 (29%) across 1 location
  2. 1834 – Traders Point Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) :: Aaron Brockett
    grew by 640 (23%) across 1 location
  3. 1865 – Calvary Baptist Church (Clearwater, FL) :: Willy Rice
    grew by 495 (17%) across 1 location
  4. 1870 – Cross Church Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, AR) :: Ronnie Floyd
    grew by 852 (13%) across 3 locations
  5. 1909 – Parklawn Assembly of God (Milwaukee, WI) :: Walter Harvey
    grew by 284 (23%) across 1 location
  6. 1917 – Christ Fellowship Baptist Church (Miami, FL) :: Rick Blackwood
    grew by 866 (16%) across 5 locations
  7. 1923 – Los Angeles International Church (Los Angeles, CA) :: Matthew Barnett
    grew by 1,100 (18%) across 1 location

To see the full list in their original rankings, visit OutreachMagazine.com.

Related Reading:
Top Churches to Watch in America
US Churches to Watch (state-by-state listing)
Largest Churches in America

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