The Church Report has released their list of the Top 50 Most Influential Churches. By “influential” they mean the fastest growing churches and those with more than 2,000 in attendance as recommended by 2,000 church leaders in a survey sent last year. 127 churches were nominated for the list.
- Almost half of the top 50 churches and seven of the top 10 are still led by the founding pastor. (seems like we’ve talked about personality-driven churches before)
- 22% of churches in the top 50 were founded since 1990, 39% since 1980.
- 18 of the top 20 churches have at least one annual conference to share their practices and procedures (which certainly influences recommendation of these churches as influential).
It also sounds like a book is coming out offering profiles of the 50 churches.