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Old 01-03-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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What city in the South have the most Mega churches and what is happening to the old neighborhood churches in those cities.

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Old 01-03-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Houston, Dallas, Atlanta
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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I'm not sure which has the most in the South, but you can look here at Outreach Magazine's largest churches list: http://www.outreachmagazine.com/docs/top100_2007_largest.pdf (broken link)

A quick glance makes Houston look like is has the most in its greater area and it also has the largest church in the country, Lakewood.

We were talking about this in the L.A. forum not too long ago.
I thought it was sort of funny that Southern California had more megachurches than anywhere else in the country on this list. You wouldn't think a state as blue as California would have so many and figure Southern States would have the most. California has 22 megachurches though, 16 of which are in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties of So Cal. Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church with 22,000 weekly members is about three miles from my house.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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In Oklahoma City the neighborhood churches are dying away. Its hard to find a small church that has anybody under age 70. In a few short years, those churches will be no more.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've read that Orlando has a ton, and I think a Megachurch is defined as 2-3,000+ weekly attendance, so there will be a lot more than you would think.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:53 AM
 
Location: los angeles
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"What cities in the South have the most Mega churches?"
The cities with the lowest average IQ
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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I didn't know LA had that many mega churches!
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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Mega churches are ridiculous. We have a few in Memphis. One is Bellevue Baptist, the 3rd largest Baptist church in the country. The sanctuary holds 7,000, but i've been to both Sunday morning services and i'd say that it was around 40-50% full. So many empty seats. What a waste of space. They claim 30,000 members, but I doubt more than 7,000 come on Sunday. On the contrary, if I visit any Catholic church around here, they're always full and most have 5+ Sunday masses. They need the large sanctuaries but dont build them for some reason.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Mega churches are ridiculous. We have a few in Memphis. One is Bellevue Baptist, the 3rd largest Baptist church in the country. The sanctuary holds 7,000, but i've been to both Sunday morning services and i'd say that it was around 40-50% full. So many empty seats. What a waste of space. They claim 30,000 members, but I doubt more than 7,000 come on Sunday. On the contrary, if I visit any Catholic church around here, they're always full and most have 5+ Sunday masses. They need the large sanctuaries but dont build them for some reason.
I know what you mean. Saddleback Church in Orange County, Rick Warren's church of 22,000 members, has become a mini city, entertainment destination, and mini Disneyland. It is ridiculous how nice it is! Look at the photos of this place. They have cafes, a skate board park, laser tag facility, arcade, etc... If it wasn't for the cross, I would think I was at some resort hotel

Overview of portion of church




Can't get your kid to go to church? Just tell them they can use the church's new skate park!


Want to enjoy the So Cal sunshine? Sure, watch the sermon on TV's at the Beach Cafe and have a smoothie. This is one of several church cafes.


Keep your kids busy with video games.


Play volleyball, play video games, and grap some food at the new Refinery Cafe area. Your kids will love their Sunday School building.




I went to Saddleback three times because it seems like everyone in this area goes there. We found a more modest church with around 2,000 members. I wasn't into the huge show and size of Saddleback.
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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Wow, that is the tackiest place I've ever seen in my life.
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