SBC-megachurches

UPDATED: Listen to the podcast episode related to this list.

Each year, I provide the list of the largest churches in my own denomination, well aware that the readership of this blog extends beyond the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). I provide the list for interest, not to make any qualitative comments or assessments about these churches or their size.

I chose 1,000 in average worship attendance as the cut off for large churches. One could easily argue that a cut off of 500 in attendance would still yield relatively large churches.

Before you peruse the list, note the following items related to this compilation:

  • Most of the churches’ data is current. In some of the churches, however, the most recent data came from previous years.
  • All the data is self-reported by the church.
  • If you believe a church should be on the list but it is not, the most likely explanation is that the church failed to report or chose not to report data.

By the way, the SBC has 46,000 churches, and 595 made this list. So approximately 1.3% of the churches have an attendance of 1,000 or greater.

RANK CHURCH — CITY, STATE WEEKLY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE
1 Second Baptist Church — Houston, TX 25,892
2 Woodlands Church — The Woodlands, TX 18,524
3 Saddleback Valley Community Church — Lake Forest, CA 18,000
4 Fellowship Church, Grapevine — Grapevine, TX 17,418
5 NewSpring Community Church — Anderson, SC 17,367
6 Prestonwood Baptist Church — Plano, TX 15,318
7 Thomas Road Baptist Church — Lynchburg, VA 13,500
8 Potential Church — Fort Lauderdale, FL 12,300
9 The Village Church — Flower Mound, TX 10,500
10 Higher Dimension Church — Houston, TX 9,000
10 The Fountain of Praise — Houston, TX 9,000
12 Lake Pointe Church — Rockwall, TX 8,811
13 Cross Church — Springdale, AR 8,029
14 Sagebrush Community Church — Albuquerque, NM 7,906
15 Pinelake Church — Brandon, MS 7,734
16 Bay Area Fellowship — Corpus Christi, TX 7,600
17 Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Inc — Palmetto Bay, FL 7,367
18 Shepherd of the Hills — Porter Ranch, CA 7,280
19 Shadow Mountain Community Church — El Cajon, CA 7,220
20 Voices of Faith Ministries — Stone Mountain, GA 6,800
21 Bellevue Baptist Church — Cordova, TN 6,564
22 Long Hollow Baptist Church — Hendersonville, TN 6,453
23 Elizabeth Baptist Church — Atlanta, GA 6,401
24 First Baptist of Woodstock — Woodstock, GA 6,110
25 Hope Community Church — Raleigh, NC 6,060
26 Idlewild Baptist Church — Lutz, FL 6,012
27 Church by the Glades — Coral Springs, FL 5,954
28 The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin — Austin, TX 5,805
29 Brentwood Baptist Church — Brentwood, TN 5,581
30 Fallbrook Baptist Church — Houston, TX 5,500
31 The Summit Church-Homestead Heights — Durham, NC 5,465
32 First Baptist Church of Orlando — Orlando, FL 5,400
33 Houston’s First Baptist Church — Houston, TX 5,160
34 Biltmore — Arden, NC 5,008
35 First Baptist of Atlanta — Atlanta, GA 4,956
36 Hillvue Heights — Bowling Green, KY 4,903
37 Franklin Avenue Baptist Church — New Orleans, LA 4,760
38 Green Acres Baptist Church — Tyler, TX 4,748
39 West Ridge Church — Dallas, GA 4,651
40 The Crossing Church — Tampa, FL 4,613
41 Cascade Hills Baptist Church — Columbus, GA 4,581
42 Champion Forest Baptist Church — Houston, TX 4,380
43 Sandals Church — Riverside, CA 4,300
44 Johnson Ferry Baptist Church — Marietta, GA 4,296
45 Clear Creek Community Church — League City, TX 4,283
46 First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, Inc — Jacksonville, FL 4,280
47 Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church — Dallas, TX 4,250
48 Faith Promise Church — Knoxville, TN 4,200
48 Sharon Baptist Church — Philadelphia, PA 4,200
50 Hickory Grove — Charlotte, NC 4,163
51 Sagemont Church, Houston — Houston, TX 4,063
52 Brentwood Baptist Church — Houston, TX 4,000
52 The Church at Brook Hills — Birmingham, AL 4,000
54 Liberty Baptist Church — Hampton, VA 3,956
55 Celebration Church (SBC) — Metairie, LA 3,934
56 Gardendale First Baptist Church — Gardendale, AL 3,750
57 Brookwood Community Church — Simpsonville, SC 3,700
58 Hebron Baptist Church — Dacula, GA 3,559
59 First Baptist Church of Naples — Naples, FL 3,554
60 Sevier Heights Baptist Church — Knoxville, TN 3,536
61 Riverbend Baptist Church — Austin, TX 3,500
61 The Church at Rock Creek — Little Rock, AR 3,500
63 Valley Baptist Church — Bakersfield, CA 3,486
64 Sugar Creek Baptist Church — Sugar Land, TX 3,444
65 First Baptist Church — Pasadena, TX 3,400
65 Southwest Community Baptist Church — Houston, TX 3,400
67 Calvary — Winston Salem, NC 3,397
68 Virginia Highlands Christian Fellowship — Abingdon, VA 3,337
69 The Church At BattleCreek — Tulsa, OK 3,311
70 Spartanburg First Baptist Church — Spartanburg, SC 3,200
71 Beltway Park Baptist Church — Abilene, TX 3,135
72 Hunter Street Baptist Church — Hoover, AL 3,122
73 Mud Creek — Hendersonville, NC 3,120
74 Bear Creek Baptist Church — Katy, TX 3,098
75 McGregor Baptist Church — Fort Myers, FL 3,061
76 Highview — Louisville, KY 3,044
77 Silverlake Church — Pearland, TX 3,017
78 Olive Baptist Church — Pensacola, FL 3,007
79 First Baptist Church — Dallas, TX 3,002
80 Central Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas — Bryan, TX 3,000
80 Community of Faith — Sugar Land, TX 3,000
80 The Church at the Springs — Ocala, FL 3,000
83 First Baptist Church at the Mall — Lakeland, FL 2,987
84 Bell Shoals Baptist Church — Brandon, FL 2,985
85 Abundant Life Baptist Church — Lees Summit, MO 2,984
86 Kingsland Baptist Church — Katy, TX 2,924
87 The People’s Church — Franklin, TN 2,901
88 Waters Edge Church — Yorktown, VA 2,888
89 Willowbrook Baptist Church — Huntsville, AL 2,884
90 First Baptist Church of Brandon — Brandon, FL 2,875
91 The Heights Baptist Church — Richardson, TX 2,866
92 Dawson Memorial Baptist Church — Birmingham, AL 2,850
93 Cleveland First Baptist Church — Cleveland, TN 2,838
94 Blackshear Place Baptist Church — Flowery Branch, GA 2,815
94 Oakwood Baptist Church — New Braunfels, TX 2,815
96 Grace Baptist Church — Knoxville, TN 2,785
97 Pleasant Valley Baptist Church — Liberty, MO 2,782
98 Cleveland Community Church — Clayton, NC 2,770
99 Central Baptist Church — Jonesboro, AR 2,749
100 Hendersonville First Baptist Church — Hendersonville, TN 2,746
101 Indian Rocks First Baptist Church — Largo, FL 2,744
102 LifePoint Church — Smyrna, TN 2,716
103 Rock Bridge Community Church — Dalton, GA 2,697
104 Calvary Baptist Church — Clearwater, FL 2,696
105 Metropolitan Baptist Church — Houston, TX 2,659
106 First Baptist Church — West Monroe, LA 2,621
107 New Vision Baptist Church — Murfreesboro, TN 2,618
108 Henderson Hills Baptist Church — Edmond, OK 2,600
109 Concord First Baptist Church — Knoxville, TN 2,581
110 First Baptist Church Indian Trail — Indian Trail, NC 2,526
111 First Baptist Church, Euless — Euless, TX 2,519
112 First Baptist Church of Arnold — Arnold, MO 2,510
113 Sojourn — Louisville, KY 2,508
114 Apex Community Church — Kettering, OH 2,500
114 Greenforest Community Baptist Church — Decatur, GA 2,500
114 New Faith Church of Houston — Houston, TX 2,500
114 Praise Temple Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA 2,500
114 Rock Springs Baptist Church — Easley, SC 2,500
114 Russian Baptist Church — West Sacramento, CA 2,500
120 Opelika First — Opelika, AL 2,491
121 Englewood Baptist Church — Jackson, TN 2,481
122 Crossroads Church — Newnan, GA 2,467
123 Cornerstone Church of Ames — Ames, IA 2,426
124 Lenexa Baptist Church, Inc — Lenexa, KS 2,421
125 Grace Community Church — Clarksville, TN 2,400
125 Providence Baptist Church — Raleigh, NC 2,400
127 First Baptist Church — Mckinney, TX 2,391
128 First Baptist Church of Oviedo — Oviedo, FL 2,382
129 Immanuel Baptist Church — Highland, CA 2,379
130 Fielder Road Baptist Church — Arlington, TX 2,377
131 Park Cities Baptist Church — Dallas, TX 2,375
132 Shadow Hills Baptist Church — Las Vegas, NV 2,358
133 First Baptist Church BA — Broken Arrow, OK 2,350
134 First Baptist Church of Mandarin — Jacksonville, FL 2,342
135 Shades Mountain Baptist Church — Vestavia Hills, AL 2,323
136 Burnt Hickory Baptist Church — Powder Springs, GA 2,319
137 Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church — McDonough, GA 2,315
138 Mobberly Baptist Church — Longview, TX 2,313
139 The Journey Fellowship, Inc. — Saint Louis, MO 2,300
140 First Baptist Church — Arlington, TX 2,294
141 Shandon Baptist Church — Columbia, SC 2,290
142 Glenview Baptist Church — Fort Worth, TX 2,280
143 Bethlehem — Gastonia, NC 2,277
144 Colonial Heights Baptist Church — Colonial Heights, VA 2,269
145 Valley View — Louisville, KY 2,267
146 Second Baptist Church — Springfield, MO 2,247
147 New Vision Church of Northern California — Milpitas, CA 2,233
148 Broadmoor Baptist Church — Madison, MS 2,232
149 Geyer Springs First Baptist Church — Little Rock, AR 2,230
150 Bay Life Church — Brandon, FL 2,227
151 First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, Inc. — Hattiesburg, MS 2,201
152 Great Commission Baptist Church — Fort Worth, TX 2,200
152 LifePoint Church — Tampa, FL 2,200
152 Mosaic LA — Los Angeles, CA 2,200
152 North Spartanburg First Baptist Church — Spartanburg, SC 2,200
152 Silverdale Baptist Church — Chattanooga, TN 2,200
157 East Bayou Baptist Church — Lafayette, LA 2,176
158 Woodcrest Chapel — Columbia, MO 2,171
159 First Baptist Church — Wichita Falls, TX 2,156
160 Second Baptist Church – North — Kingwood, TX 2,150
161 East Cooper Baptist Church — Mt Pleasant, SC 2,141
162 First Baptist Church Norfolk — Norfolk, VA 2,131
163 Alamo City Christian Fellowship Church — San Antonio, TX 2,125
164 First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Inc. — Jacksonville, NC 2,109
165 First Baptist Church — Amarillo, TX 2,100
165 First Baptist Church Woodway — Waco, TX 2,100
165 Fort Lauderdale First Baptist Church — Fort Lauderdale, FL 2,100
168 Summit Church — Estero, FL 2,074
169 First Baptist Church — Forney, TX 2,050
170 First Baptist Church of Simpsonville — Simpsonville, SC 2,043
171 Calvary Baptist Church — Beaumont, TX 2,033
172 Westbrook Baptist Church of Hutchinson Kansas — Hutchinson, KS 2,032
173 Thompson Station Baptist Church — Thompson Station, TN 2,031
174 Skyland — Kannapolis, NC 2,006
175 Baptist Temple — Mcallen, TX 2,000
175 East Brent Baptist Church — Pensacola, FL 2,000
175 First Baptist Church — Bossier City, LA 2,000
175 First Baptist Church — Wylie, TX 2,000
175 First Baptist Church Jackson — Jackson, MS 2,000
175 First Baptist of Jonesboro — Jonesboro, GA 2,000
175 Iglesia Bautista De Glenview — Ponce, PR 2,000
175 Irvine Baptist Church — Irvine, CA 2,000
175 Riverland Hills Baptist Church — Irmo, SC 2,000
175 Sixth Avenue Baptist Church — Birmingham, AL 2,000
175 Spotswood Baptist Church — Fredericksburg, VA 2,000
175 Sunnyvale First Baptist Church — Sunnyvale, TX 2,000
187 The Fort Bend Church — Sugar Land, TX 1,993
188 NorthPointe Community Church — Fresno, CA 1,992
189 Chets Creek Church — Jacksonville, FL 1,969
190 Northwood Church — Keller, TX 1,963
191 Cuyahoga Valley  Church — Broadview Heights, OH 1,961
192 Ridgecrest Baptist Church — Springfield, MO 1,960
193 Warren Baptist Church — Augusta, GA 1,956
194 Marathon Church — Piedmont, SC 1,952
195 Temple — New Bern, NC 1,949
195 Westside Church — Omaha, NE 1,949
197 Sevierville First Baptist Church — Sevierville, TN 1,948
198 Living Hope — Bowling Green, KY 1,947
199 Midway Macedonia Baptist Church — Villa Rica, GA 1,943
200 Crossgates Baptist Church — Brandon, MS 1,940
201 Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church — Allen, TX 1,933
202 Ingleside Baptist Church — Macon, GA 1,901
203 Hillcrest Baptist Church — Pensacola, FL 1,900
204 First Baptist of Montgomery — Montgomery, AL 1,892
205 Tallowood Baptist Church — Houston, TX 1,887
206 Forest Park Baptist Church — Joplin, MO 1,884
207 CrossPointe Church — Valdosta, GA 1,878
208 Taylors First Baptist Church — Taylors, SC 1,874
209 Sherwood Baptist Church — Albany, GA 1,867
210 Oasis Church of South Florida, Inc — Pembroke Pines, FL 1,860
211 First Baptist Church — Covington, LA 1,854
212 Casas Adobes Baptist Church — Tucson, AZ 1,852
213 Berendo Street Baptist Church — Los Angeles, CA 1,850
213 First Baptist Church of Rockwall — Rockwall, TX 1,850
213 Mount Pleasant Baptist Church — Herndon, VA 1,850
216 Cedar Creek Baptist Church — Aiken, SC 1,844
217 Hyde Park Baptist Church — Austin, TX 1,842
218 Faith Baptist Church — Bartlett, TN 1,835
218 Mountain Lake Community Church — Cumming, GA 1,835
220 Panama City First Baptist Church — Panama City, FL 1,828
221 First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach — West Palm Beach, FL 1,826
222 St Stephen — Louisville, KY 1,825
223 Humble Area’s First Baptist Church — Humble, TX 1,805
224 Brainerd Baptist Church — Chattanooga, TN 1,804
225 Nations Ford Community Church — Charlotte, NC 1,800
225 Northstar Church — Kennesaw, GA 1,800
227 Broadmoor Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA 1,775
227 Dallas Bay Baptist Church — Hixson, TN 1,775
229 Johenning Temple of Praise — Washington, DC 1,763
230 Church On the Eastern Shore — Fairhope, AL 1,760
231 Columbia First Baptist Church — Columbia, SC 1,750
232 Central Baptist Church — Hixson, TN 1,749
232 New Hope Baptist Church — Fayetteville, GA 1,749
234 Brand New Church — Harrison, AR 1,714
235 Istrouma Baptist Church — Baton Rouge, LA 1,712
236 Twin Cities Community Church — Grass Valley, CA 1,705
237 Immanuel Baptist Church — Shawnee, OK 1,700
237 Mt Calvary Baptist Church — Fairfield, CA 1,700
237 North Jacksonville Baptist Church — Jacksonville, FL 1,700
240 Galilee Baptist Church — Suitland, MD 1,694
241 Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles — Alhambra, CA 1,693
242 Fellowship of the Parks — Keller, TX 1,686
243 Rogers First Baptist Church — Rogers, AR 1,683
244 North Monroe Baptist Church — Monroe, LA 1,680
245 Global Mission Church of Greater Washington — Silver Spring, MD 1,673
246 SouthCrest Baptist Church — Newnan, GA 1,667
247 O’Fallon First — O””Fallon, IL 1,661
248 Mount Ararat — Stafford, VA 1,658
249 Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church — Upper Marlboro, MD 1,650
249 Tuscaloosa First — Tuscaloosa, AL 1,650
251 First Baptist Church — Carrollton, TX 1,648
252 First Baptist Church Snellville — Snellville, GA 1,646
252 Hope Baptist Church — Las Vegas, NV 1,646
254 Ridgecrest — Dothan, AL 1,643
255 The Avenue Church — Waxahachie, TX 1,638
256 Quail Springs Baptist Church — Oklahoma City, OK 1,630
257 Calvary Baptist Church — Alexandria, LA 1,625
258 Whitesburg Baptist Church — Huntsville, AL 1,615
259 Trinity Baptist Church — Lake Charles, LA 1,614
260 Cross Pointe — Duluth, GA 1,604
261 Greater Exodus Baptist Church — Philadelphia, PA 1,600
261 Heartland — Paducah, KY 1,600
261 North Phoenix Baptist Church — Phoenix, AZ 1,600
261 Oakwood Baptist Church — Chickamauga, GA 1,600
261 Stonegate Fellowship Church — Midland, TX 1,600
266 Cowboy Church of Ellis County — Waxahachie, TX 1,592
267 North Richland Hills Baptist Church — North Richland Hills, TX 1,581
267 Southcrest Baptist Church — Lubbock, TX 1,581
269 Jacob’s Well — Eau Claire, WI 1,570
270 First Baptist Church — Raytown, MO 1,566
271 Colonial Hills Baptist Church — Southaven, MS 1,563
272 First Chinese Baptist Church — Los Angeles, CA 1,560
273 Jersey Baptist Church — Pataskala, OH 1,557
274 PaulAnn Baptist Church — San Angelo, TX 1,544
275 Lee Park Baptist Church — Monroe, NC 1,541
276 River Oak Church — Chesapeake, VA 1,528
277 First Baptist Church — Denton, TX 1,524
278 Clarksville First Baptist Church — Clarksville, TN 1,518
279 Anastasia Baptist Church — St. Augustine, FL 1,510
280 First Redeemer Church — Cumming, GA 1,507
281 First Baptist Church of Middleburg — Middleburg, FL 1,504
282 Bannockburn Baptist Church — Austin, TX 1,500
282 Crossword Christian Fellowship — Riverside, CA 1,500
282 Family Church Inc. — Pine Bluff, AR 1,500
282 First Baptist Church — Garland, TX 1,500
282 Grace Point Church — San Antonio, TX 1,500
282 La Familia de Dios — Ontario, CA 1,500
282 New Life Community — E Saint Louis, IL 1,500
282 Redeemer Fellowship — Kansas City, MO 1,500
282 Rockpointe Church — Flower Mound, TX 1,500
282 Southern Hills Baptist Church — Oklahoma City, OK 1,500
282 Zion Baptist Church — Marietta, GA 1,500
293 Richland Creek Community — Wake Forest, NC 1,492
294 Kirby Woods Baptist Church — Memphis, TN 1,490
295 True North Church — North Augusta, SC 1,486
296 Seoul Baptist Church of Houston — Houston, TX 1,478
297 Foothills Community Church — Seneca, SC 1,474
297 Powell First Baptist Church — Powell, TN 1,474
299 Millington First Baptist Church — Millington, TN 1,473
300 First Baptist Church Tulsa — Tulsa, OK 1,456
301 North Metro First Baptist Church — Lawrenceville, GA 1,454
302 First Baptist Church — San Antonio, TX 1,450
302 First Baptist Church of Harvester — Saint Charles, MO 1,450
304 First Baptist Church — Moore, OK 1,449
305 Lakewood Baptist Church — Gainesville, GA 1,447
306 Temple Baptist Church — Hattiesburg, MS 1,444
307 Woodland Community Church — Bradenton, FL 1,442
308 Hendersonville First — Hendersonville, NC 1,434
309 First Baptist Church Windermere — Windermere, FL 1,433
310 Maryville First — Maryville, IL 1,425
311 Grand Avenue Baptist Church — Fort Smith, AR 1,422
312 Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville — Brownsville, TX 1,420
313 First Baptist Church — Texarkana, TX 1,412
314 Boiling Springs First Baptist Church — Boiling Springs, SC 1,410
315 Fellowship of The Rockies — Pueblo, CO 1,404
316 121 Community Church — Grapevine, TX 1,400
316 Benton First Baptist Church — Benton, AR 1,400
316 Canaan Christian — Louisville, KY 1,400
316 Community Life Church — Forney, TX 1,400
316 Concord Missionary Baptist Church — Dallas, TX 1,400
316 Cornerstone Community Church — Orangeburg, SC 1,400
316 Fairview Baptist Church — Corryton, TN 1,400
316 First Baptist Church of Plant City — Plant City, FL 1,400
316 First St. John Missionary Baptist — Fort Worth, TX 1,400
316 Greater St Matthew Baptist Church — Houston, TX 1,400
316 Grove Level Baptist Church — Maysville, GA 1,400
316 Keystone Community Fellowship — North Wales, PA 1,400
316 Newchurch — Oklahoma City, OK 1,400
316 Valley Creek Baptist Church — Flower Mound, TX 1,400
330 Genoa Baptist Church — Westerville, OH 1,398
331 Clovis Hills Community Church — Clovis, CA 1,388
331 Collierville First Baptist Church — Collierville, TN 1,388
333 Lawndale — Greensboro, NC 1,382
334 Bay Leaf Baptist Church — Raleigh, NC 1,377
334 Lifepoint Church — Fredericksburg, VA 1,377
336 Graceland Baptist Church — New Albany, IN 1,375
336 St Stephen Baptist Church — Houston, TX 1,375
338 Fort Smith First Baptist Church — Fort Smith, AR 1,367
339 First Baptist Church of Kissimmee — Kissimmee, FL 1,364
340 First Baptist Church of Central Florida — Orlando, FL 1,362
341 Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church — Houston, TX 1,355
342 Second Baptist Church — Warner Robins, GA 1,353
343 Sarasota Baptist Church — Sarasota, FL 1,351
344 Council Road Baptist Church — Bethany, OK 1,350
344 Resurrection Baptist Church — Schertz, TX 1,350
346 Longview Heights Baptist Church — Olive Branch, MS 1,347
347 Alice Drive Baptist Church — Sumter, SC 1,345
347 Paramount Baptist Church — Amarillo, TX 1,345
349 Fellowship Community Church — Salem, VA 1,343
349 Roswell Street Baptist Church — Marietta, GA 1,343
351 Bon Air Baptist Church — Richmond, VA 1,339
352 Spring Baptist Church — Spring, TX 1,331
353 ClearView Baptist Church — Franklin, TN 1,330
354 First Baptist of Conyers — Conyers, GA 1,325
354 Hopeful Baptist Church — Lake City, FL 1,325
356 Hyland Heights Baptist – Lynchburg — Lynchburg, VA 1,314
357 Severns Valley — Elizabethtown, KY 1,311
358 Germantown Baptist Church — Germantown, TN 1,310
358 Grace Church — Des Moines, IA 1,310
358 Immanuel Baptist Church — Little Rock, AR 1,310
358 Lexington Baptist Church — Lexington, SC 1,310
362 Crosspoint, Southern Baptist Church — Trussville, AL 1,309
362 Del Sol Church — El Paso, TX 1,309
364 Scotts Hill — Wilmington, NC 1,306
365 Stevens Street Baptist Church — Cookeville, TN 1,304
366 Lone Oak First — Paducah, KY 1,301
367 Bayside Baptist Church — Harrison, TN 1,300
367 Bentonville First Baptist Church — Bentonville, AR 1,300
367 Daybreak Community Church — Carlsbad, CA 1,300
367 First Baptist Church — Hurst, TX 1,300
367 First Baptist of Gainesville — Gainesville, GA 1,300
367 First Keller — Keller, TX 1,300
367 First Southern Baptist Church — Oklahoma City, OK 1,300
367 Hibernia Baptist Church — Fleming Island, FL 1,300
367 Higher Ground Baptist Church — Kingsport, TN 1,300
367 Hill Crest — Anniston, AL 1,300
367 Hopewell Baptist Church — Gainesville, GA 1,300
367 Johns Creek Baptist Church — Alpharetta, GA 1,300
367 Morristown First Baptist Church — Morristown, TN 1,300
367 Oak Ridge Baptist Church — Salisbury, MD 1,300
381 First Baptist Church Woodbridge, Incorporated — Woodbridge, VA 1,299
382 First Baptist Church — Lubbock, TX 1,298
383 First Baptist Church — Roanoke, VA 1,296
383 Westwood Baptist Church — Alabaster, AL 1,296
385 Bellevue — Owensboro, KY 1,295
386 Centennial Community Church — Littleton, CO 1,291
387 North Asheville Baptist Church — Asheville, NC 1,286
388 Emmanuel Baptist Church — Enid, OK 1,284
389 Hiland Park Baptist Church — Panama City, FL 1,283
389 Jersey Village Baptist Church — Houston, TX 1,283
391 First Baptist Church — Universal Cty, TX 1,281
391 Hilldale Baptist Church — Clarksville, TN 1,281
393 New River Community Church — Lake Wylie, SC 1,278
394 Avalon Church — McDonough, GA 1,275
395 FishHawk Fellowship — Lithia, FL 1,269
396 Metro — Edwardsville, IL 1,268
397 Parkwood Baptist Church — Gastonia, NC 1,267
398 Grace Fellowship Church — Paradise, TX 1,262
399 Lakeview — Auburn, AL 1,260
400 Aloma Church Ministries, Inc. — Winter Park, FL 1,255
401 Fruit Cove Baptist Church — Jacksonville, FL 1,252
402 Peace Baptist Church — Decatur, GA 1,251
403 Dothan First — Dothan, AL 1,250
403 First Baptist Church of Allen, Texas — Allen, TX 1,250
403 Powhatan Community Church — Powhatan, VA 1,250
403 Skyway Church of The West Valley — Goodyear, AZ 1,250
407 Westside Baptist Church — Jacksonville, FL 1,248
408 First Missionary Baptist Church — Ardmore, OK 1,246
409 First Baptist Church — Georgetown, TX 1,245
410 Journey Church — Evans, GA 1,244
411 Prattville First Baptist Church — Prattville, AL 1,243
412 Watkinsville First Baptist Church — Watkinsville, GA 1,233
413 The Fellowship at Two Rivers — Nashville, TN 1,231
414 First Baptist Church of Merritt Island — Merritt Island, FL 1,230
415 Calvary — Tuscaloosa, AL 1,228
416 Dogwood Church — Peachtree City, GA 1,223
417 The Glade Church — Gladeville, TN 1,218
418 Birchman Baptist Church, Fort Worth — Fort Worth, TX 1,215
419 First Baptist Church — Midlothian, TX 1,212
419 Golden Acres  Baptist  Church — Phenix City, AL 1,212
421 Terrace Church at Six Mile — Tampa, FL 1,211
422 Englewood — Rocky Mount, NC 1,208
423 Stuart Heights Baptist Church — Hixson, TN 1,204
424 Cedar Street Baptist Church of God — Richmond, VA 1,200
424 Daystar Church — Greensboro, NC 1,200
424 Emmanuel Haitian Baptist Church — Miami, FL 1,200
424 Faith Baptist Church — Youngsville, NC 1,200
424 First Baptist Church — Richardson, TX 1,200
424 First Baptist Church, Summit — Summit, MS 1,200
424 First Baptist of Douglasville — Douglasville, GA 1,200
424 Fraternity Haitian Baptist Church — Miami, FL 1,200
424 Hope Ministries Ocala — Ocala, FL 1,200
424 North Oxford Baptist Church — Oxford, MS 1,200
424 Northeast Houston Baptist Church, Humble — Humble, TX 1,200
424 Russell Missionary Baptist Church — Green Cove Springs, FL 1,200
424 Tacoma First Baptist Church — Tacoma, WA 1,200
424 Travis Avenue Baptist Church — Fort Worth, TX 1,200
424 Woodland Park Baptist Church — Chattanooga, TN 1,200
439 Westside Baptist Church — Gainesville, FL 1,195
440 First Baptist Church — Lewisville, TX 1,191
441 Northcliffe Baptist Church — Spring Hill, FL 1,189
442 Northside Baptist Church — Lexington, SC 1,186
443 Parkway Church — Victoria, TX 1,184
444 Harrisburg Baptist Church — Tupelo, MS 1,181
445 Vaughn Forest Church — Montgomery, AL 1,175
446 Hermitage Hills Baptist Church — Hermitage, TN 1,174
447 Crossway Baptist Church — Springfield, MO 1,170
447 First Baptist Church of Pelham — Pelham, AL 1,170
449 Grove Avenue Baptist Church — Richmond, VA 1,169
450 First Baptist North Mobile — Saraland, AL 1,164
451 Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church — Moore, SC 1,160
451 First Baptist Church — Warrensburg, MO 1,160
453 Florence — Florence, KY 1,159
454 Green Street — High Point, NC 1,157
454 South Biscayne Church — North Port, FL 1,157
456 Western Avenue — Statesville, NC 1,153
457 Village Baptist Church — Fayetteville, NC 1,152
458 Arran Lake Baptist Church — Fayetteville, NC 1,150
458 Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington — Arlington, TX 1,150
458 Coronado Baptist Church — El Paso, TX 1,150
458 Emmanuel Community Church — Conyers, GA 1,150
458 First Baptist Church — Lafayette, LA 1,150
458 Friendship Baptist Church — The Colony, TX 1,150
458 Gulf to Lake Baptist Church, Inc. — Crystal River, FL 1,150
458 Hardin — Hardin, KY 1,150
458 Hopewell — Monroe, NC 1,150
458 Rich Fork — Thomasville, NC 1,150
468 Pathways Community Church — Santee, CA 1,145
469 North Side Baptist Church — Greenwood, SC 1,144
470 Harvest Baptist Church — Watauga, TX 1,143
471 First Baptist Church — Colleyville, TX 1,142
471 High Rock — Salisbury, NC 1,142
473 NorthPark Baptist Church — Trussville, AL 1,141
474 First Baptist Church — Burleson, TX 1,138
475 First Baptist Church — Frisco, TX 1,136
476 Crossroads Baptist Church — The Woodlands, TX 1,134
477 First Baptist Church Statesboro — Statesboro, GA 1,130
478 Fairview Baptist Church — Columbus, MS 1,125
479 Dayspring Baptist Church — Mobile, AL 1,121
480 West Jackson Baptist Church — Jackson, TN 1,120
481 Ocean View Church — San Diego, CA 1,115
482 Columbia First Baptist Church — Columbia, TN 1,113
483 North Side Baptist Church — Weatherford, TX 1,110
484 Hunters’ Glen Baptist Church — Plano, TX 1,107
485 The Fellowship At Cinco Ranch — Katy, TX 1,106
486 Calvary Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA 1,104
487 Immanuel — Lexington, KY 1,103
488 Belle Aire Baptist Church — Murfreesboro, TN 1,100
488 Central Baptist Church — Warner Robins, GA 1,100
488 Cielo Vista Church, El Paso — El Paso, TX 1,100
488 Cool Spring Baptist Church — Mechanicsville, VA 1,100
488 Cornerstone Baptist Church — Roseville, MI 1,100
488 First Baptist Church — Irving, TX 1,100
488 First Baptist Church — Branson, MO 1,100
488 First Baptist Church Powder Springs — Powder Springs, GA 1,100
488 Fort Mill First Baptist Church — Fort Mill, SC 1,100
488 Green Valley Baptist Church — Henderson, NV 1,100
488 Hillcrest Baptist Church — Lebanon, TN 1,100
488 Mount Zion Baptist Church — Huntsville, AL 1,100
488 Rock Hill First Baptist Church — Rock Hill, SC 1,100
488 Russellville First Baptist Church — Russellville, AR 1,100
488 Vandalia First Baptist Church — Vandalia, OH 1,100
488 Westside Baptist Church — Lewisville, TX 1,100
504 Binghamtown — Middlesboro, KY 1,096
504 Franklin Heights Baptist Church — Rocky Mount, VA 1,096
506 Prince Avenue Baptist Church — Bogart, GA 1,095
507 First Baptist Church — Bryan, TX 1,092
508 First Baptist Church Lilburn — Lilburn, GA 1,091
509 First Baptist Church — Odessa, TX 1,090
510 Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin — Austin, TX 1,088
511 West University Baptist Church — Houston, TX 1,086
512 LifeSpring Church, SBC — Bellevue, NE 1,085
513 Old Fort Baptist Church — Summerville, SC 1,080
514 The River Community Church — Cookeville, TN 1,079
515 First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia — Alexandria, VA 1,076
516 Millbrook Baptist Church — Aiken, SC 1,074
517 First Baptist Church of Mt Pleasant — Mt Pleasant, SC 1,070
518 Cornerstone Community — Marion, IL 1,064
518 Highland Baptist Church — Waco, TX 1,064
520 Living Stone Cathedral of Worship — Littlerock, CA 1,060
521 Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, Mansfield — Mansfield, TX 1,059
522 Northside Baptist Church — Liverpool, NY 1,057
523 Little Flock — Shepherdsville, KY 1,056
524 The Church at Viera — Melbourne, FL 1,054
525 Forest Hills Baptist Church — Nashville, TN 1,051
526 Enterprise First Baptist Church — Enterprise, AL 1,050
526 First Baptist Church Madison — Madison, MS 1,050
526 First Baptist Church of New Port Richey — New Port Richey, FL 1,050
526 Harris Creek Baptist Church — Mc Gregor, TX 1,050
526 Living Water Foundation Church And Ministries, Inc — Norfolk, VA 1,050
526 New Song Church — Carrollton, TX 1,050
526 Tri-Cities Baptist Church — Gray, TN 1,050
533 First Baptist Church of Weston — Weston, FL 1,049
534 Tillman’s Corner First — Mobile, AL 1,048
535 First Baptist of Cumming — Cumming, GA 1,047
536 First Baptist Church — Richmond, VA 1,045
536 Mountain View Baptist Church — Thomaston, GA 1,045
536 St Luke Missionary Baptist Church — Humble, TX 1,045
539 Brookwood Baptist Church — Shreveport, LA 1,043
540 Southwinds Church — Tracy, CA 1,040
541 Lindsay Lane Baptist Church — Athens, AL 1,036
541 The Summit Church — North Little Rock, AR 1,036
543 Lakeside Baptist Church — Granbury, TX 1,035
544 South Tampa Fellowship — Tampa, FL 1,034
545 Hillcrest — Hopkinsville, KY 1,033
545 Porter Memorial — Lexington, KY 1,033
547 First Baptist Church — Houma, LA 1,032
548 Salem Baptist Church — McDonough, GA 1,031
549 Copperfield Church — Houston, TX 1,030
549 Cornerstone Family Church — St. Cloud, FL 1,030
551 First Baptist Church — The Woodlands, TX 1,029
552 First Baptist Church of Brandon — Brandon, MS 1,028
552 Glen Haven Baptist Church — McDonough, GA 1,028
554 Hot Springs First Baptist Church — Hot Springs, AR 1,026
555 Pioneer Drive Baptist Church — Abilene, TX 1,025
556 First Baptist Church of Ocala — Ocala, FL 1,023
556 West Acres Baptist Church — Evans, GA 1,023
558 First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach — Daytona Beach, FL 1,021
558 First Baptist Church of Leesburg — Leesburg, FL 1,021
560 514 Church — New Albany, OH 1,020
560 First Chinese Baptist Church — Walnut, CA 1,020
562 Life Community Church — Jamestown, NC 1,013
563 Corryton Baptist Church — Corryton, TN 1,012
564 First Baptist of Augusta — Augusta, GA 1,011
565 Oakland Baptist Church — Corinth, MS 1,010
566 Clearview Baptist Church — Travelers Rest, SC 1,009
567 Decatur Baptist — Decatur, AL 1,007
568 Cypress Baptist Church — Benton, LA 1,006
569 Deep Creek Baptist Church — Chesapeake, VA 1,005
569 New Hope Church — Lorton, VA 1,005
571 First Baptist Church — Belton, TX 1,003
572 Progressive Community Church — Stockton, CA 1,002
573 Cross Brand Cowboy Church — Tyler, TX 1,001
574 Amite Baptist Church — Denham Springs, LA 1,000
574 Antioch Church — Long Beach, CA 1,000
574 City Church — Tallahassee, FL 1,000
574 Coggin Avenue Baptist Church — Brownwood, TX 1,000
574 Crestview Baptist Church — Georgetown, TX 1,000
574 Emmanuel Baptist Church — Grenada, MS 1,000
574 Family Fellowship of Greenville — Greenville, TX 1,000
574 First Baptist Church of Rincon — Rincon, GA 1,000
574 First Baptist Church on the Square — LaGrange, GA 1,000
574 Good Community Church — Torrance, CA 1,000
574 Greenwell Springs Baptist Church — Greenwell Springs, LA 1,000
574 Mims Baptist Church, Conroe — Conroe, TX 1,000
574 New Life Christian Fellowship — Blacksburg, VA 1,000
574 Pleasant Garden — Pleasant Garden, NC 1,000
574 Primera Iglesia Bautista de Coral Park — Miami, FL 1,000
574 Sardis Missionary Baptist Church — Birmingham, AL 1,000
574 Second Missionary Baptist Church — Grandview, MO 1,000
574 Sharon-H Baptist Church — McDonough, GA 1,000
574 The Journey Church — New York, NY 1,000
574 The Tabernacle — Danville, VA 1,000
574 Tulip Grove Baptist Church — Old Hickory, TN 1,000

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  1. Allen Calkins says

    A lot of them, perhaps a majority of them, are from TX. I remember the incredible number of 1000+ churches in Tarrant Baptist Assoc. when I was in Seminary at SWBTS. Is TX still 40%+ of the SBC?

    • Thom Rainer says

      Allen –

      Interesting observation. I don’t know the answer, but it would be pretty easy for me to find out.

    • says

      Allen, that’s precisely what I noticed as well. Texas seems to be at least 25% of the churches listed. I wonder which states dominate the majority of the list.

      Hint hint for Thom Rainer: That would be quite interesting to note.

  2. says

    As I look over the list it seems obvious why the Southern moniker still holds. I think it was number 112 before I saw a church north of the Mason Dixon Line or out of California. The brand of preaching and teaching is definitely more suited to a southern culture.

    No condemnation for that. Just an observation.

  3. Mike Willmouth says

    Pretty impressive numbers. I have been to several of these churches over the years. Here is the question that I have thought about for years that relates to church size and the body of Christ; at what point does a church get too big? At what point do you end up as a body of Christ with 50 ears, 100 eyes, 1000 hands, etc. . .? Or you have the opposite effect of people who just want to get lost in the crowd? When I was in the Air Force years ago, I had a Major that I worked for (who went to one of the churches on your list) said to another person about me, “Mike goes to that little Baptist Church, do you know what the problem is with little Baptist Churches? They put you to work. That’s why I go to ……….. because I don’t have to do anything.” Those words are forever stuck in my mind, and ever since I have wondered, how big is too big? At what point should a church purposefully split to start another church for the health of the body? Or should purposefully spitting a Church even be a consideration? Is there an optimal size for a Church? I know that there probably aren’t any real answers to these questions, but I’ll always wonder.

    • Thom Rainer says

      Those are good questions Mike. Perhaps they will engender some healthy discussion on the post today.

  4. jack says

    Would love to see the baptism records of these churches. In my geographical area all churches here are doing is swapping members. Immature Christian consumers are running from church to church looking for the better band or light show or latest sermon series on SEX. It’s pretty much lateral moves for the kingdom of God. Most of the “Big” churches in our area don’t have good, solid biblical teaching (yes, I know that sounds judgmental, sorry), they simply have a better “show” or “youth ministry” or etc., etc. I’m not speaking from sour grapes. It’s just the reality where I am.

      • says

        I think that would be insightful, both to help us know which ones to pay more attention to as evangelistic type churches, and to help us know which to pay less attention to as “member swapper” type churches.

      • says

        A study of the baptisms by size and correlated to environment such as center city, suburban, exurban, would be very helpful. Doing the same for SBC church plants 24 months – 5 years would provide much insight as well.

  5. Sean Post says

    It’s interesting that there are only 4 churches out of the top 20 that have “Baptist” in their name. Don’t know if that means anything in particular, but it is interesting.

    • Dan Mullis says

      I thought the same thing! It is an interesting point because there is an increasingly large movement away from denominational labeling in new church plants. There is even one on this list in my own town that I did not know were SBC. They are a great church and do a great work in the city but I have heard most people refer to them as non-denominational.

  6. Douglaqs Belardi says

    my questions?
    what is the membership /attendance ratio?
    how many have Sunday evening services and how many attend?
    how many have Wednesday evening services and how many attend?

  7. Danny says

    Thanks for list.
    If you were to compare this list to a similar one from ten years ago, it would be interesting to see if these two positive trends were not occurring in SBC.

    1. A dramatic increased presence of multiethnic/ethnic congregations on list.
    2. A increased presence of congregations that are less than 20 years old.

    If these trends are true, there is probably a lot of unmeasured Kingdom Growth not being recognized.

  8. Chuck Scott says

    I had no idea that Mosaic L.A. was SBC. Erwin Mcmanus is such an influential speaker, and yet is not at the pastors conf. or sbc conventions? Am I just out of the loop, or does he just not appear much at sbc events?

    • Nancy Goss says

      Brandon, usually each church reports the last Sunday of their church year as their attendance. Some do an average. In our SBC Association it is the Last Sunday of September. That may be different in other areas and Associations.

  9. says

    Are you of those who go to church, listens to the preacher, and then goes home, because that’s what Christians do now? Or, are you one of those who takes their faith and assaults the very gates of hell, in an attempt to save one more for Jesus?

  10. says

    Thom,

    I appreciate your work. What might be helpful is to add a column: Number of paid, full-time equivalent pastoral staff. I’ve heard that “150:1″ is a good ratio, but it would be interesting to have a bunch of “data points.” It could help churches that are less than 1000 but growing, and need to make tough decisions on hiring vs. setting aside more money for facilities or growing ministries.

    Blessings!
    Alex

  11. Stuart Corley says

    I am amazed. Church number 256, QSBC-OKC, gave the largest amount money to the Cooperative Program, that’s our SBC missions, in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention. How about listing how much these churches give to missions per person. Shame on congregations of ten-thousand plus for turning their back on their first love. Something is wrong with the leadership of these mega-churches.

  12. Thom Rainer says

    To All –

    Thanks for the many requests to post information that interests you. This post, however, was simply meant to be a listing of the largest churches in the SBC, nothing more.

  13. Bob Williford says

    With the Reformers gaining strength within the SBC, how many of SBC churches are now ‘Reformed’???

  14. Julia Brasher says

    Thanks for the list! Great information. Would like to see cooperative program giving as a % of overall budget. Also Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong giving amounts. It’s this involvement that strengthens the denomination, IMO.

  15. Mike Willmouth says

    What is the fixation with having “Baptist” in the churches name? What makes a church Southern Baptist isn’t the word Baptist on the sign but rather two things: 1) their agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message; 2) their cooperation with missions. Every church that I have pastored has had Baptist on the sign, but that’s not what made us Southern Baptist.

    • Deanne Shaw says

      You think a church has to be in cooperation with missions to be Baptist? What if the membership isn’t doesn’t feel led to support the missions of the Establishment? What if the membership is too small? What if the membership is led to support other missions not put forth by the establishment? In my Bible, it does not matter what name by which you are known. It matters what is in your heart, and what you believe and teach.

  16. Rob Hurtgen says

    I am curious about other numeric breakdowns in SBC churches. If 1.3% are 1000 or over how many report 750 – 1000, 500 – 750, 300 – 500, 100 – 300 and 100 and under?

    • says

      I, too, would be very interested in this. I’d like to know, specifically, how many churches have less than 50 in attendance on Sunday morning, since this is about what we run. In my local association (rural IL), 70% of the churches have less than this, and half of these have 25 or less.

  17. says

    Wow – As a pastor in upstate NY, I see only two churches (Journey & Northside) in the Northeast on this list.

    Get with it pastors, and let’s change that! Perhaps a southern church with multiple staff should send one out as a missionary to start a new church here.

  18. Ken Jerome says

    I thought it would be interesting to see how many of these churches are maintain that number — or losing ground. How old these are? and Cooperative program giving? —
    Any chance to learn that? — Is it not true that the average church looses 10% of its membership every year. If we are not growing at that rate of loss, we are dying. – Is that not a true statement.
    Thanks
    ken

  19. says

    What would be most interesting would be to see the number of members along side the average weekly attendance. My guess is those numbers (members) would be significantly larger.

  20. Sam Formby says

    I would be very interested in seeing a similar list for churches 500-1,000 in attendance. Is that list available too?
    Thank you,

      • says

        I am independent Baptist, but love the Gospel preaching and discipleship of the SBC.

        The fact that Fort Foote Baptist Church wasn’t listed gives me comfort. These means that there were likely many others (thriving) that aren’t even listed here.

        Thanks for your work, Thom. Love the stats!

  21. says

    Thom,

    I would love to see a study on churches with and without website. Would love to see churches using social media (facebook & twitter). Would love to see who is using video services such as youtube or vimeo. I would also love to know what churches are offering online giving!

    Thanks!

  22. Kell says

    My husband is a commercial loan officer, and states that many banks refuse to give loans to churches who are not affiliated with a national organization. The reason is because should church default on a loan, the national organization will typically take up the loan. Also, if there is no national affiliation, there is more financial risk due to lack of a greater financial regulation beyond the lead members of the church. Maybe this is a reason some churches are SBC members (for loan benefits) but don’t promote it? I hope not, but you just don’t ever know.

    • says

      I am VERY late to this party, but I wanted to comment on what Brian said. I worked on the staff of Cross Church from 2005-2007 and it was during this time that the name change idea was percolating. When they went multi-site, this was a no-brainer. As per the suggestion that eventually Dr. Floyd may lead Cross Church to leave the SBC, this is not an informed opinion. He is deeply entrenched in SBC Life, and as leader of the Great Commission Resurgence, is deeply committed to helping SBC churches move their focus from inward and Bible-belt to outward and unreached areas of North America and the world. As a NAMB missionary, and from my personal talks with Dr. Floyd, I know that he has been instrumental in convincing other large churches to put their time, talents and treasure into unreached areas of the world, particularly throrugh SEND North America. I just wanted to set the record straight – I do not believe that Dr. Floyd and Cross Church will leave the SBC, at least not while he is pastor.

  23. says

    Dr. Rainer, the attendance numbers listed for SBC churches in your list and the list given by Outreach are not the same. For instance, Second Houston is listed at 25892 in your list, but 20656 in Outreach’s. Can you explain why? In addition, several SBC churches are omitted in the Outreach top 100 list, that, according to your numbers, should be on there. Thanks.

  24. Providence Raleigh says

    Providence Church in Raleigh has not been over 2000 in worship attendance except rarely for the past 3 years prior to August 2013. I have seen the attendance numbers. Not sure where you are getting your information. Hopefully others are more reliable.

  25. Carl says

    I think you should remove woodlands church from your list.

    They are not a baptist church. Shooks dad may have been and they have registered as such in the beginning but…

    They proclaim to be nondenominational and they don’t follow the transitions of our baptist churches.

    You can check out the “about us” portion of their website where they proclaim themselves to be non denominational

    I attend weekday evening bible study there and don’t really have anything negative to post.

    However I am member of a SBC church in Houston that I am an active member of and am proud to call them and us Baptist to our traditions. I would t want a person to misconstrue shooks church for baptist if I could help it.

    Thanks.

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