Outreach Magazine’s latest report on American megachurches has revealed that North Point Ministries in Atlanta, pastored by Andy Stanley, is the largest church in the United States. The report lists an attendance of 31,288, giving North Point the #1 spot on its annual ranking for the first time.
North Point Ministries beat out Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, TX (which was not ranked), T.D. Jakes’ Potter’s House in Dallas, TX (which also was not ranked), as well as Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL (which was ranked at #5), and Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA (which was ranked at #6). Lakewood Church was ranked at #1 in 2013 and The Potter’s House was ranked at #20 in 2013. (View last year’s list here.)
According to the North Point Ministries website, “North Point Ministries, Inc., was founded in 1995 with the vision of creating churches that un-churched people love to attend. Since its inception, NPM has grown from one church to five in metro-Atlanta and has developed a global network of more than thirty strategic partner churches.”
“Each week, more than 30,000 people attend services at an NPM church. Each month, sermons and leadership messages are accessed over one million times via our North Point websites.”
Andy Stanley is the son of Charles Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in northern Atlanta. According to AndyStanley.com, over two million of Andy’s messages are accessed from North Point websites monthly. The younger Stanley also leads a robust outreach to leaders in both the church and corporate worlds. He has written 8 books and is the host of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast.