Special Report

25 Most Popular Churches in America

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20. Christ the King Community Church
> Location: Burlington, WA
> Pastor: Dave Browning
> Average weekly attendance: 17,000
> Denomination: Independent, Nondenominational

The biggest megachurch based in the Pacific Northwest, Christ the King Community Church has more than a dozen locations from Washington to Florida. The church cites as its core values simplicity, authenticity, community, empowerment, entrepreneurial spirit, truth, and grace. Its stated priorities are worship, community, outreach, and discipleship, aiming to reach the unchurched and transform the spiritual landscape of the community.

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19. Eagle Brook Church
> Location: Centerville, MN
> Pastor: Bob Merritt
> Average weekly attendance: 17,091
> Denomination: Baptist General Conference

Founded in the 1940s, Eagle Brook is an old-timer among the largest megachurches. It now has nine locations in Minnesota. Senior pastor Bob Merritt, who has led the church for 28 years, has announced that he will retire in March 2020. Succeeding him will be Teaching Pastor Jason Strand.

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18. Woodlands Church
> Location: The Woodlands, TX
> Pastor: Kerry Shook
> Average weekly attendance: 18,385
> Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

The Woodlands Church was founded in 1993 by Kerry and Chris Shook, whose vision included reaching families with uplifting music, a friendly atmosphere, and a relevant message. The churche now has three locations as well as an online presence, including a blog and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. The ministry also owns WC Trading Co., which operates two retail stores and offers internationally-sourced handmade items. One of the stated goals of the company is “to break poverty cycles and create sustainable change and development.”

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17. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
> Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
> Pastor: Doug Sauder
> Average weekly attendance: 18,521
> Denomination: Calvary Churches

Volunteering and community outreach are emphasized at Calvary Chapel’s nine campuses in Fort Lauderdale. Services, information, and more can be accessed via an app, online broadcasts, and video archives.

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16. Christ Fellowship
> Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
> Pastor: Todd Mullins
> Average weekly attendance: 18,965
> Denomination: Independent, Nondenominational

Christ Fellowship has come a long way from its 1984 origin, when 40 friends gathered in a living room, to the near 19,000-person crowd it currently attracts each weekend. That living room belonged to Todd and Julie Mullins, who are still the church’s pastors. The Fellowship has multiple locations, including pop-ups, plus a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. An online store offers study guides in English and Spanish, as well as other items.

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