29 (TIE). First Baptist Church of Hammond (Hammond, Indiana)
We're living in the era of the megachurch. The United States has more than 1,300 megachurches, according to the Hartford Institute for Religious Research, which defines them as very active Protestant congregations with an average of 2,000 or more weekend attendees and a multitude of outreach programs and ministries.
That research also finds roughly 50 churches have a weekly attendance between 10,000 to 47,000 people. Here are the biggest megachurches in the country, based on the number of weekly visitors.
The First Baptist Church of Hammond, in Indiana, has about 17,700 weekly visitors.
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29 (TIE). Sagemont Church (Houston)
Sagemont Church of Houston also has about 17,700 weekly visitors.
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27 (TIE). Living Word Christian Center (Chicago)
The Living Word Christian Center, a non-denominational church in Chicago, has about 18,000 weekly visitors.
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27 (TIE). Temple of Praise (Washington, D.C.)
The Temple of Praise in Washington, D.C., also has about 18,000 weekly visitors.
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26. Woodlands Church (The Woodlands, Texas)
The Woodlands Church in Texas has about 18,400 weekly visitors.
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25. Calvary Chapel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, in Florida, has about 18,500 weekly visitors. The church has 30,000 members.
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