Next week, we will talk about the fastest-growing churches in the U.S.
But this week, we are going to share a list of the most influential pastors and churches in the U.S.
This list was compiled my Newsmax, and here is their criteria for “most influential:”
- How well-known the church’s leaders are
- The ratings of their television shows and radio programs
- The reach of their books
- Public opinion
- Overall influence
Here are the top 10 churches on the list:
- Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA with Pastor Rick Warren
- Potter’s House Church in Dallas, Texas with Bishop Jakes
- Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas with Pastor Joel Osteen and radio station
- Willow Community Church in Chicago
- Life Church in Oklahoma City
- Hillsong Church in New York and Los Angeles
- Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas with Pastor Robert Morris
- North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia with Pastor Andy Stanley
- Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, CA with Pastors Tim LaHaye and David Jeremiah
Here are some more notable churches that ranked lower down the list:
Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA with Pastor Greg Laurie is #23.
First Baptist Dallas with Pastor Robert Jeffress is #28.
Skyline Community Church near San Diego, CA with Pastor Jim Garlow is #30.
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