Church and Stats

Everything you ever wanted to know about megachurches, and then some!

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


Number of megachurches in California, Texas, and Florida as of 2001: 289

Percentage of megachurches that cite the Bible and personal experience as most important authority in their congregation’s worship and teaching: 80.4

Percentage of megachurches that cite human reasoning and understanding as most important authority in their congregation’s worship and teaching: 0

Percentage of megachurches in or around a city of 50,000-250,000+: 88.8

Percentage of megachurches that claim they are in need of more space for parking: 64.6

Percentage of megachurches that emphasize abstaining from premarital sex a “great deal” or “quite a bit”: 81.7

Percentage of senior pastors of megachurches who are male: 99.3

Percentage of megachurches that operate a Christian elementary or secondary school: 41.7

Percentage of megachurches that have “none,” “hardly any,” or “few” attendees with household incomes below $20,000: 91.7

Percentage of regularly participating adult megachurch attendees who are white: 79.5

Percentage of megachurches which give sermons on stewardship in order to encourage financial giving: 92.6

Average income of each megachurch in 2000: $4.8 million

Number of communion cups that the “Greenlee Communion Dispensing Machine” (designed for megachurches) can fill in 2 seconds: 40

Number of toilets at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky: 402

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest