What Is Larger Than A Megachurch – A Gigachurch – Here’s A List Of Them

What is larger than a megachurch? A gigachurch. This term classifies churches with 10,000+ weekly attendance. The word megachurch describes churches with 2,000+ attendance weekly.

Here are some of the largest gigachurches in the country, their respective pastors and attendance according to Outreach Magazine.  A common topic among Christians is: Is it necessary or even good for churches to be this large? There is support on both sides of the question.  Here are some of the largest:

LAKEWOOD CHURCH, HOUSTON TX – JOEL OSTEEN

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Lakewood Church, Houston, TX.

Church attendance: 43,500

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Joel Osteen

NORTH POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH, ALPHARETTA, GA – ANDY STANLEY

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Church attendance: 27,429

(Photo: North Point via The Christian Post)

WILLOW CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH IN SOUTH BARRINGTON, ILL. – BILL HYBELS

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Willow Community Church

Church attendance: 24,377

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Bill Hybels speaks during the Willow Creek Association’s 2013 Global Leadership Summit.

LIFECHURCH.TV, EDMOND, OK – CRAIG GROESCHEL

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Lifechurch.tv, Edmond, OK

Church Attendance: 26,776

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Craig Groeschel

SADDLEBACK CHURCH, LAKE FOREST, CA – RICK WARREN

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Saddleback church, Lake Forest, CA

Church attendance: 19,742

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Rick Warren

Read more: http://blogs.christianpost.com/ridiculous-reads/largest-churches-in-us-and-their-pastors-17525/#ixzz3UjxZhb5a

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