Special Report

25 Most Popular Churches in America

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25. The Potter’s House
> Location: Dallas, TX
> Pastor: T. D. Jakes
> Average weekly attendance: 16,140
> Denomination: Independent, Nondenominational

The Potter’s House, founded by Pastor T.D. Jakes, has campuses in Fort Worth, North Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver. Services are live-streamed each Wednesday and Sunday, and rebroadcasts are also available online. The church has more than 200,000 Instagram followers, plus a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube presence, covering sermons, special events and more. The church also has its own TDJ Ministries app.

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24. McLean Bible Church
> Location: McLean, VA
> Pastor: Lon Solomon
> Average weekly attendance: 16,500
> Denomination: Independent, Nondenominational

The McLean Bible Church has five campuses in the Washington, D.C., area. Among the community services the church offers includes homeless ministry, career counseling, and anti-trafficking endeavors. Members can volunteer for traditional roles such as ushering, singing or playing an instrument during services, as well as for tech tasks such as video, broadcasting, photography, and communications.

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23. Crossroads
> Location: Cincinnati, OH
> Pastor: Brian Tome
> Average weekly attendance: 16,792
> Denomination: Independent, Nondenominational

Crossroads was founded in 1995 by 11 people who wanted to start a church for their friends who didn’t like church. Now, with more than a dozen locations, the church promises “unfiltered talk and biblical truth that’ll wake your soul.” As is generally the case, especially in America’s mega churches, it has a social media presence. The church’s website contains articles, music, podcasts, and videos covering topics like culture, self, work, money, and relationships.

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22. Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque
> Location: Albuquerque, NM
> Pastor: Skip Heitzig
> Average weekly attendance: 16,830
> Denomination: Calvary Churches

During the 1960s, Calvary Chapel founder Skip Heitzig dabbled in drugs and the occult, until he saw a televised Billy Graham crusade, which proved a turning point. He founded a home Bible study group, which over the decades evolved into one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. The church’s website includes job postings, education and volunteer opportunities, missionary trips, and more.

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21. Cornerstone Church
> Location: San Antonio, TX
> Pastor: John Hagee
> Average weekly attendance: 17,000
> Denomination: Independent, Nondenominational

This San Antonio-based nondenominational church says it has more than 22,000 active members, with 17,000 attending services in a given week. Founder and senior pastor John C. Hagee and his son, lead pastor Matt Hagee, are the fifth and sixth generations of their family to serve as pastors. The senior Pastor Hagee is well known for the political messaging in his sermons, which include open support for President Donald Trump and islamaphobic rhetoric. The church has a cable TV presence in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

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