Southern Baptists make up the largest denomination of Protestants in the world. Out of 46,000 SBC churches, there are 603 that report having attendance of 1,000+. Here is a list of the 10 largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Second Baptist Church
Houston, TX – 25,221
Join us for worship as we continue our sermon series, “Good News for Houston,” an in-depth study of Romans. Join a Bible Study class and get involved in all the great programs and events in the Second Family this fall, such as Second Helping, weekday Bible studies for men and women, Fall Riot for our students, and more!
If you are unable to join us for worship at one of our 5 campuses, be sure to tune in at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday for the live stream of our worship service. Enjoy music from the choir and orchestra and a relevant, biblical message from Dr. Young.
Hundreds of volunteers will mobilize Saturday, October 12 at participating Houston-area Kroger and HEB stores for the fifth annual Serve Houston food drive to collect items for our neighbors in need. Items collected will benefit 15 local agencies including food banks, homeless shelters and more.
The Woodlands, TX – 18,322
Woodlands Church, led by Senior Pastor Kerry Shook, is a non-denominational church in the Houston, TX area. Woodlands Church is one church in many locations with our main campus in The Woodlands, TX, and several satellite campuses including a Church Online Internet campus. We want to personally invite you to experience a warm and friendly church home. The service is relaxed, the message is relevant and the atmosphere is amazing! We have quality events and programs for you and your entire family.
Kerry and his wife, Chris, founded Fellowship of The Woodlands, now Woodlands Church, in 1993. Kerry Shook is one of today’s most gifted communicators offering a clear, contemporary and creative teaching style.
When Woodlands Church was founded in 1993, Pastor Kerry Shook had a vision for a church that is driven by God’s vision to be bold and innovative to do whatever it takes to reach The Woodlands and surrounding areas for Christ.
Our mission is to help people experience Christ rather than man’s creation of religion, so they can grow strong in Christ and take the Christ experience to the world.
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices: Bible as sole authority, autonomy of each local church, priesthood of every believer, tithing, baptism by immersion, Spirit-led living, and telling others about Christ.
Woodlands Church believes that church should be engaging and fun, calling it “The Best Hour of Your Week”. We strive to eliminate the barriers of boredom, unfriendliness and fear that keep people from experiencing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pastor Kerry’s messages are relevant and his illustrations memorable.
Saddleback Valley CC
Lake Forest, CA – 18,000
Saddleback Church serves the Southern California community through more than 200 ministries, eight worship venues, a variety of counseling and support programs, Bible studies and seminars, local and global outreach programs, and a broad network of small groups meeting in local homes. Its purpose is to lead people to Jesus and membership in his family, teach them to worship the Lord and magnify his name, develop them to Christlike maturity, and equip them for ministry in the church and a mission in the world.
On Easter of 1980, Saddleback Valley Community Church held its very first public service and 205 people, most of who had never been to church, showed up. That began one of the most exciting journeys of growth that any church has experienced in American history. In more than two decades of ministry in South Orange County, God has continued to expand the church’s influence. Currently, Saddleback Church has more than 200 ministries serving the church and community. One in nine people in the area call Saddleback their church home.
God has also expanded the church’s ministry both nationally and internationally. Pastor Rick’s 1995 book The Purpose Driven Church put the principles that led to the church’s success in print, namely its focus on the five biblical purposes of the church: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism. Now, more than 200,000 church leaders from around the world have been trained in Saddleback’s purpose-driven philosophy. Pastor Rick’s latest book, The Purpose Driven Life, focuses on the truth that life is “not about you,” and shows how God can enable each of us to live for His purposes.
Grapevine, TX – 17,418
Ed is the founding and Senior Pastor of Fellowship Church. In addition to the main campus, Fellowship Church operates four satellite campuses in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, two in Miami, FL, a location in Columbia, SC and Allaso Ranch in Hawkins, TX. Ed Young can also be seen each week at Fellowship Church’s online location, FellowshipLive.com.
Our vision for Fellowship Church is simple. We exist to Reach Up, Reach Out, and Reach In. These three are the biblical mandates of the local church.
The Summer of a Lifetime
Allaso Ranch is the perfect place for children and students to get out of their summer routines and have an adventure that will change their lives forever.
From the first step through its gates, Allaso Ranch is a fun and unique experience with a strong emphasis on relational and spiritual growth. From incredible nightly worship and teaching times, to exhilerating activities, including a water park with towering water slides and a lazy river, kids from all ages will have the week of their life!
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Plano, TX – 14,395
The church in our generation has been and always will be God’s plan for bringing hope, life and the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Join us in this wonderful journey of faith!
We’d love for you to join us at any of our seven weekend Worship Services on three campuses! Powerful worship and the life-transforming message of the Gospel are at the center of each service, and each service is at the center of who we are as a church.
When you visit Prestonwood, you will be greeted with a warm handshake and a friendly smile. From the time you drive onto the parking lot, you will find that our members want nothing more than for your experience to be a joyful one. We have convenient, reserved parking spaces located near the front entrance for our first-time guests. We pray that you will find Prestonwood to be a church to call home.
Lynchburg, VA – 13,500
Thomas Road Baptist Church exists to bring glory to God by making a positive difference in the lives of people! Whether you are curious to learn more about God, or are looking for a new place to call your church home, Thomas Road has a place for you!
Our mission is to change our world by developing Christ-followers who love God and love people.
We would like to personally invite you to come join us for one of our services. The atmosphere is relaxed and the messages are relevant to your daily life.
Through meaningful Bible-study and incredible worship, our goal is to help you grow deeper in your relationship with God each and every week. From students to professionals, preschoolers to senior adults, we have Life Groups tailored specifically to every member of your family. With Life Groups, national and international mission trips and special events throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to connect, grow, serve and go into the calling God has for your life.
Anderson, SC – 13,472
NewSpring Church exists to reach people far from God and teach them to follow Jesus step by step. You can join us on Sundays in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, SC, and live online.
This section will help you find out more about NewSpring Church’s story, vision, beliefs and Senior Pastor Perry Noble. Next Steps will help you discover how to move forward in your relationship with God at NewSpring. Children and Student ministries give you the lowdown on the next generation’s impact here. And if you like video, Stories or Watch & Listen should be your next stop.
We are so passionate about kids learning about Jesus in a way they can understand, that we do not allow them into our service designed for adults and students 6th grade and older. ALL children (babies through 5th grade) attend KidSpring each Sunday.
NewSpring Church is one church meeting in different locations. We currently have campuses in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg, SC. As quickly as we find a location, we’re planning to open a campus near Clemson. At each campus you’ll experience practical teaching, excellent worship music and an exciting atmosphere.
Fort Lauderdale, FL – 12,513
No matter which campus you attend, at Potential Church you’ll be warmly greeted and accepted just as you are. Before service, pick yourself up a freshly brewed cup of Starbucks coffee. Then make your way to your seat and prepare yourself for a high-energy and uplifting worship experience. Don’t be late…you may miss a special surprise!
Then prepare yourself for a creative and encouraging message that will be sure to motivate you to take your next step toward reaching your God potential.
Formerly known as Flamingo Road Church and only located on the corner of Flamingo Road in Ft Lauderdale, Florida – Potential Church has now expanded to seven simultaneous locations with a growing weekly attendance of nearly 13,000 people.
“Our new name reveals where we are going. ‘Potential’ pushes us to hope, it pushes us to our future and helps us live out our mission to partner with people to reach their God Potential!” – Pastor Troy Gramling
The Village Church
Flower Mound, TX – 10,000
The Village Church exists to bring glory to God by making disciples through gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered community, gospel-centered service and gospel-centered multiplication.
The gospel is the story of God reconciling and redeeming a broken creation and fallen creatures to Himself through the life, death, resurrection and future return of Jesus Christ. Our hope and desire is that the gospel would stand at the center of all that we do. It is what directs and defines us. It is our identity.
Beneath the Canopy
Available now on iTunes and Amazon
Beneath the Canopy celebrates the gospel uniquely through music and the arts. Covenant Members of The Village contributed to the album in many ways—singing, songwriting, playing instruments, making artwork and more. It is a beautiful and creative picture of Christ’s Church, working together for a greater purpose.
We partner with Fellowship Associates to develop church planters and leaders.
Matthews, NC – 9,747
If you’re in the Charlotte area, we would love for you to visit us in person. We spend most of our time and energy creating the weekend worship experience for people like you. It’s there where we believe that people far from God can have a fresh encounter with Jesus each weekend, through preaching, worship, and creativity.
Many people don’t know where to begin when visiting a church for the first time. Often it can feel overwhelming and we want to make it as simple as possible for you. Use the tool below to find your closest Elevation location and the best Worship Experience time for you and your family.
You will find identical worship experiences at all of our locations, so the only thing you have to figure out is which location is closest to you.
When you join us as a guest, you’ll get priority parking and one of our friendly volunteers will help make your first time at Elevation Church an experience you won’t forget.
At Elevation, we believe that God’s Word has the ability to change lives. The transforming message of the Gospel is waiting to be experienced. We hope that you will join us.
At Elevation, we don’t stress membership – we emphasize participation. We are not a church of consumers and we encourage all who attend to actively participate in what God is doing at Elevation. The ways you can get involved include inviting friends and family, volunteering, creating community in an eGroup, and giving back to God through tithing. We call these categories of involvement the 4Gs.
We understand what God has done in and through our church is not normal. The only explanation is God’s hand of favor and mercy over a group of people willing to follow Him faithfully. To help maintain our unity, tone, and trajectory, we developed 12 core values as a church that make us unique. We call it The Code.