It's that time of year again. The Church Report has put out their list of 50 Most Influential Churches. Lakewood clocks in at #7 ... that's a few spots down from last year. No biggie there, but what struck me about this list is that I'm usually somewhat familiar with the top churches listed and have at least heard of most in the Top 10 or 20. But I've not heard of Mark Beeson's Granger Community Church before today. They ranked #14 last year and are currently listed one spot above Lakewood this year. I'm generally no fan of lists like these (yet I read/scour them anyway?), but one nice side effect of CR's list is that it's a good resource to find some nice church websites. In the case of Granger, I'm enjoying the video of last week's service. So far, the band rocks.
Here's the Top 10, plus the rest of the Texas entries. Last year's ranking in ().
1. Willow Creek Community Church - Bill Hybels (#1)
2. Saddleback - Rick Warren (#2)
3. Fellowship Church - Ed Young (#4)
4. North Point Church - Andy Stanley (#3)
5. Life Church - Craig Groeschel (#7)
6. Granger Community Church (#14)
7. Lakewood Church (#5)
8. Mars Hill Church - Mark Driscoll (#22)
9. The Potter's House - T.D. Jakes (#8)
10. Seacoast Church - Greg Surratt (#15)
Others from Texas ...
22. Prestonwood Baptist Church - Jack Graham (Returned)
24. Second Baptist Church - Ed Young (Returned)
42. Fellowship of the Woodlands - Kerry Shook (#41)
45. Oak Hills Church - Max Lucado (#46)
47. New Light Christian Center - Ira Hilliard (NEW!)
Two other Texas churches fell off the list from last year:
- Oak Cliff Bible Church - Anthony Evans (#44)
- Windsor Village Methodist - Kirbyjon Caldwell (#49)
It's only with the slightest of interest that I note the ones that slipped out, the churches that return to the list and those that are new. But among the more noteworthy entries is that #47. New Light Christian Center is probably the one TV service I tend to watch more than others. The services they film are from the old Lakewood Church facility. That certainly adds to the comfort level of watching, I suppose.