Really Cool Megachurch Infographic

I have been a member of this site for a while, but it very rarely yields something on topic for my blog.  But today I have a doozy for you.  An infographic all about Megachurches and how much money they take from people.  The best part, though, is that it still appears to be associated with a Christian mission — to get people to go to Christian colleges online. There’s a nice little “MegaBenevolent” section with quotes from several pastors, including the illustrious Rick Warren.

Megachurches, big business, christianity

Although religion is still prevalent in today’s society, small American churches around the country are slowing and shutting down at a rate of 1%, whereas megachurches are continuing to grow at a rate of approximately 8% each year. Many megachurches use more corporate marketing and advertising techniques to help draw viewers and attendees to the actual church gatherings, meetings and even conferences that are hosted.

In just 1970 there were less than 10 mega-churches altogether. As of 2011, more than 1,611 mega-churches exist. The largest megachurch in the entire world to date is the Yoido Full Gospel Church, owned by David Yonggi Cho which is located in Seoul, South Korea. The church has an annual budget of $200 million and currently has more than 850,000 members actively enrolled.

U.S. MegaChurches

The biggest megachurch in the US today is the Lakewood Church, owned and operated by Joel Osteen in Houston, Texas. Each week, the church receives about 43,500 attendees and has a $70 million budget annually. The church itself is located within the Compaq Center, which was purchased in 2010 for $7.5 million. is another church that is located in Edmon, Oklahoma and it is considered the second largest megachurch in the US. was founded by Craig Groschel and has approximately 42,782 weekly attendees. In 2012, the church had about $45,754,000 in expenses but took in about $71,338,000 from donations and charities. More than 100,000 unique viewers tune in to watch each week from more than 120 countries altogether.

The third most popular megachurch in the US is North Point Community Church, owned and operated by Andy Stanley out of Alpharetta, Georgia. More than 27,000 members attend the church each week and the church has a total of $38.5 million for their annual budget.

In the US, the state of California has the most megachurches with 218. Texas has 207 megachurches with Florida following in third with 120 megachurches. Additionally, Georgia has 91 megachurches and Tennessee, 66.

Understanding how megachurches affect small-town American and religion today is a way to gain insight into the business while also finding a church that is right for you and your family. Megachurches continue to grow steadily, leaving the future of small churches unknown in America.


Really Cool Megachurch Infographic

8 thoughts on “Really Cool Megachurch Infographic

  1. 1

    So Walmartization has come to the God business. I suppose the next step, after almost all of the neighborhood churches have gone the way of the mom-and-pop store, is a wave of mergers, resulting in a handful of ultramegachurches that will have the clout to purchase custom legislation and captive political candidates, to advance the Religious Reich campaign to subvert the Constitution.

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      …followed by customer revulsion, a desparate attempt to expand overseas, bankruptcy, and a general shift in the population to online churchgoing?

      (If we’re following the Walmart trajectory, which actually seems pretty plausible. But what the heck is the church equivalent of

  2. 3

    Interesting data-points in those statistics.

    I hadn’t realized that African-Americans were so well-represented in megachurches, for instance (they’re a bit below the national population, but not by much). The low “Asian” population (less than half the national population) surprised me at first, because I was thinking “Asian” in terms of “Pacific Rim”, but not India or central Asia, which of course are dominated by other faiths.

    I do find it intriguing that Hispanic Americans are almost an anomaly in the churches, though–1%, versus natpop of 15%? I suppose that’s their next ‘untapped market’.

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