The Church Report’s 50 Most Influential Churches

Kent Shaffer —  July 11, 2006

The Church Report has released the 2006 Fifty Most Influential Churches. During this past April and May, Church Growth Today surveyed the leaders of more than 2,000 of the largest non-catholic congregations as well as a few smaller churches in the United States. Participants were asked to name the ten churches that they consider to be the most influential. Out of 83 churches recommended, the fifty that made it and their websites are listed below:

  1. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
    Bill Hybels
  2. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA)
    Rick Warren
  3. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA)
    Andy Stanley
  4. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX)
    Ed Young Jr.
  5. Lakewood Church (Houston, TX)
    Joel Osteen
  6. Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY)
    Bob Russell
  7. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK)
    Craig Groeschel
  8. The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX)
    T.D. Jakes
  9. Brooklyn Tabernacle (Brooklyn, NY)
    Jim Cymbala
  10. North Coast Church (Vista, CA)
    Larry W. Osborne
  11. Resurrection United Methodist Church (Leawood, KS)
    Adam Hamilton
  12. Mosaic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
    Erwin McManus
  13. Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL)
    Dave Ferguson
  14. Granger Community Church (Granger, IN)
    Mark Beeson
  15. Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
    Greg Surratt
  16. Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York, NY)
    Tim J. Keller
  17. Mars Hill Bible Church (Grandville, MI)
    Rob Bell
  18. Capo Beach Calvary (Capistrano Beach, CA)
    Chuck Smith Jr.
  19. First Baptist Church (Jacksonville, FL)
    Mac Brunson
  20. Bayside Church (Granite Bay, CA)
    Ray Johnston
  21. New Life Church (Colorado Springs, CO)
    Ted Haggard
  22. Mars Hill Bible Church (Seattle, WA)
    Mark Driscoll
  23. New Hope Christian Fellowship (Honolulu, HI)
    Wayne Cordeiro
  24. First Baptist Church (Hammond, IN)
    Jack Schaap
  25. Frazer United Methodist Church (Montgomery, AL)
    John Ed Mathison
  26. Fellowship Bible Church (Little Rock, AR)
    Tim Lundy
  27. Thomas Road Baptist Church (Lynchburg, VA)
    Jerry Falwell
  28. Shadow Mountain Community Church (El Cajon, CA)
    David Jeremiah
  29. First Assembly of God (Phoenix, AZ)
    Tommy Barnett
  30. Without Walls Church (Tampa, FL)
    Paula White
  31. Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, CA)
    John MacArthur
  32. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (Lithonia, GA)
    Eddie Long
  33. Harvest Christian Fellowship (Riverside, CA)
    Greg Laurie
  34. Real Life Ministries (Post Falls, ID)
    Jim Putman
  35. Briarwood Presbyterian Church (Birmingham, AL)
    Harry L. Reeder
  36. Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria, AZ)
    Don Wilson
  37. College Church (Wheaton, IL)
    Kent Hughes
  38. Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church (Tipp City, OH)
    Michael Slaughter
  39. Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA)
    Bryan Wilkerson
  40. Calvary Chapel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
    Bob Coy
  41. Fellowship of the Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)
    Kerry Shook
  42. Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN)
    John Piper
  43. Northridge Church (Plymouth, MI)
    Brad Powell
  44. Oak Cliff Bible Church (Dallas, TX)
    Dr. Anthony Evans
  45. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (Menlo Park, CA)
    John Ortberg
  46. Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
    Max Lucado
  47. Wooddale Church (Eden Prarie, MN)
    Leith C. Anderson
  48. Trinity Church (Manhattan, NY)
    James H. Cooper
  49. Windsor Village Methodist (Houston, TX)
    Kirbyjon Caldwell
  50. Vineyard Community Church (Cincinnati, OH)
    Dave Workman

Don’t forget to check out The Church Report’s complete article to get read more about the survey and these churches.

Kent Shaffer

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7 responses to The Church Report’s 50 Most Influential Churches

  1. Hi. I am so curious to understand how Chuck Smith Sr. feels about Chuck Smith Jr.’s Emergent Church philosophy. Could it be possible that these two men of the same flesh could really be so far apart in their understanding of the Bible? If you have any knowledge of what exactly is going on here, I would really like to know. I currently attend a Calvary Chapel in Davie, FL.

    Celia Tatman

  2. Wow that’s amazing to see my favorite church in this list.

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