Largest Churches

I blogged this before, so you probably know that the largest churches in Europe are in

1. Lisbon (Portugal)

2. Budapest (Hungary)

But what about The Top 10 churches in the world?

From Top 10 Churches in the World, by Wolfgang Simson

1. Yonggi Cho Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea


2. Javier Vasquez Yotabeche Methodist P. Church, Santiago,

Chile 150.000

3. William Kumuyi Deeper Life Bible Church, Lagos, Nigeria


4. Mario Vega Elim Church, San Salvador, El Salvador


5. Cesar Castellanos Mision Carismatica Internacional,

Bogota, Colombia 90.000

6. Omar Cabrera Vision de Futuro, Santa Fe, Argentina


7. Pastor Oh Young Nak Presbyterian Church, S.Korea


8. David Oyedepa Winners Chapel, Ota, Nigeria


9. R.B. Lal Yesu Darbar, Allahabad Agricultural

Institute, India 40.000

10. V. Choudhrie Chattisgarh/MPradesh Housechurchnet, India



Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Steve says:

    and that doesn’t even list the house church networks in China that have close to a million people…

  • andrew jones says:

    thanks steve – true
    wolfgangs list is local but not national groupings

  • America isn’t the biggest (or the best)

    This should demonstrate that America isn’t necessarily to place to look for the biggest and best in the world. These churches are thriving and, as Steve notes, doing so in dangerous areas.

  • Big

    //MOOD: Still Sore //ITUNES: “Miss Michigan” – Mustard Plug In case you think our church is big, I give you these stats from Tall Skinny Kiwi From Top 10 Churches in the World, by Wolfgang Simson 1. Yonggi Cho Yoido…

  • joeturner says:

    I have some serious questions about HOW a church of 253,000 can be considered to be one congregation rather than a denomination!
    Are we saying 253,000 people turn up each sunday (or whenever) for services in one place?
    Imagine being in a prayer meeting of 253,000. The mind boggles.

  • hamo says:

    I always like to tell people there are 1 billion people in my church. All depends on how you look at it!

  • hi andrew
    good to hear from you. hey everyone, andrew hamilton and i were in youth group together at Maylands Baptist Church back in 1980. When we were young.
    He blogs at BackYard Missionary
    When we were teenagers all the girls used to like him and not me, so i have a personal thing against him, but apart from that, he is a great man and one of my favourite bloggers.

  • Andrew, thanks for this list. It is interesting to note the number of these churches that are in developing countries. What is it that they are doing correctly and the western church is missing? Maybe a whole new discussion?

  • andrew jones says:

    yes – great question
    i am reviewing a book for Zondervan today that deals with that – Bob Roberts is the author – hes a large church guy in Dallas that is learning from whats going on overseas (as is Rick Warren)
    David Garrison’s book Church Planting Movements is a book that looks at why the networks are growing so large and so fast.
    If i think of better, i will let youknow

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