List of the largest evangelical church auditoriums

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This is a list of the largest evangelical church auditoriums. The list is based on the human seating capacity of the evangelical church auditoriums.

Characteristics[edit]

The building of an Evangelical Christian megachurch has a main auditorium for worship services, as well as additional rooms for children and teenagers, small groups and sometimes a cafeteria or a gym.[1] [2].

Criteria for inclusion[edit]

  • Only church auditoriums are included in this list. Church tents, canopies and overflows are excluded from the list. For example, the Redeemed Christian Church of God three million capacity church campground fails this criteria as it is not a completely enclosed building.[3][4][5]
  • The figures are based on sitting capacity of the auditorium from weekly services. Figures from monthly/yearly conventions, congress and outreaches are not factored in this list. For this reason, the seven million plus average attendees to the convention of Redeemed Christian Church of God is not included in this list as it is not a weekly service.[6][7]
  • The estimates are based on human sitting capacity in a single service. Churches with multiple consecutive services will be for only one service. For example, Faith Tabernacle, which holds four services every Sunday in its 50,000 capacity auditorium will be included as having 50,000 and not 200,000 in the list.[8][9]
  • Only auditoriums with a capacity of 10,000 and above are to be included.

List[edit]

Auditorium name Church Senior Pastor Year completed Capacity Location Notes
The Hand of God Salvation Ministries David Ibiyeomie 2020 120,000 Port Harcourt, Nigeria [10]
Glory Sanctuary Dome Dunamis International Gospel Centre Dr. Paul Enenche 2018 100,000 Abuja, Nigeria Upon completion, regarded as the largest church auditorium in the world.[11][12][13][14]
Living Faith Church Worldwide David Oyedepo 1999 50,000 Lagos, Nigeria On January 24, 2008, it was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the worlds' largest church auditorium.[15][16][17]
International Gospel Centre
Word of Life Bible Church Ayo Oritsejafor 2014 35,000 Warri, Nigeria [18][19][20]
Deeper Life Bible Church Lagos
Deeper Christian Life Ministry William Kumuyi 2018 30,000 Lagos, Nigeria [21][22]
Calvary Temple Calvary Temple Satish Kumar 2013 18,000 Hyderabad, India [23]
Lakewood Church Joel Osteen 2005 16,000 Houston, United States [24]
Perez Dome Perez Chapel International Charles Agyin-Asare 2011 14,000[25] Accra, Ghana
Mega Frater Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala Jorge Lopez 2007 12,200 Mixco, Guatemala [26]
Church of the Nations/Bethel Israel Tabernacle International Evangelism Center - African Interior Mission Hortense Karambiri 2020 12,000[27] Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Yoido Full Gospel Church
Yoido Full Gospel Church Young Hoon Lee (pastor) 1973 12,000 Seoul, South Korea [28]
Faith Dome
Crenshaw Christian Center Frederick K. C. Price 1989 10,145 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, United States [29]
Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Edir Macedo 2014 10,000 São Paulo, Brazil [30]
Christ's Commission Fellowship Pasig
Christ's Commission Fellowship Peter Tan-Chi 2014 10,000 Pasig, Philippines [31]
Redeemed Christian Church of God Greenville Redeemed Christian Church of God James Fadel 2013 10,000 Greenville, Texas, United States [32]
The Rock Cathedral House On The Rock (Church) Paul Adefarasin 2013 10,000 Lagos, Nigeria [33]
National Temple The Apostolic Church Nigeria ES Awojide JP 2011 10,000 Lagos, Nigeria [34]
House of Hope Salem Baptist Church of Chicago James Meeks 2005 10,000 Chicago, United States [35]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ George Thomas Kurian, Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Volume 5, Rowman & Littlefield, USA, 2016, p. 1477
  3. ^ "How Redeemed Church successfully hosted millions of worshippers for a week". Premium Times.
  4. ^ "RCCG To Build 3km Long Auditorium". Eagle Online. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  5. ^ "Outrage Over Adeboye's 3-km Long Church Auditorium-PM News, Lagos". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  6. ^ "RCCG To Open Its 12 Million Capacity Arena in August". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  7. ^ "RCCG is not expanding fast enough". Pulse. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  8. ^ "Provoking favour through kingdom advancement endeavours!". The Nation. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
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  10. ^ Leke Beecroft, The World Largest Church Auditorium Built By Pastor David Ibiyeomie in Port Harcourt To Be Ready in 2020, See Pics, abujareporters.com, Nigeria, January 28, 2019
  11. ^ "Dunamis Glory Dome And Envious Critics". Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  12. ^ Taylor Berglund, World's Largest Church Auditorium Dedicated in Nigeria, charismanews.com, December 7, 2018
  13. ^ "See Inside The Glory Dome, Dunamis Abuja, World's Largest Church Auditorium". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  14. ^ "Photos: World's largest church auditorium in Abuja". PM News. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  15. ^ "Discover Nigeria: Faith Tabernacle, an Engineering Wonder of the World". July 5, 2012. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  16. ^ Barnaby, Phillips (November 30, 1999). "Church of the 50,000 faithful". BBC. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  17. ^ "Nigeria: Living Faith Church @ 25: Oyedepo Recounts Achievements". allAfrica.com.
  18. ^ Adenike Orenuga, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor dedicates multi-million naira church auditorium in Warri, dailypost.ng, Nigeria, January 17, 2014
  19. ^ "Inside Ayo Oritsejafor's Ministry". Encomium Magazine. September 2, 2014. Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
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  21. ^ "Church gets 30,000 seater headquarters worth N5M". Pulse. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  22. ^ "After 15 years, Deeper Life Church completes 30,000 seater headquarters (photos)". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  23. ^ Michael Brown, 7 Lessons From The World's Fastest Growing Congregation, christianpost.com, USA, 13 December 2015
  24. ^ John Leland, A Church That Packs Them In, 16,000 at a Time, nytimes.com, USA, July 18, 2005
  25. ^ J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations From an African Context, Wipf and Stock Publishers, USA, 2013, p. 124
  26. ^ Josué León, Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala conmemora su 37 aniversario, prensalibre.com, Guatemala, February 28, 2016
  27. ^ Alice Suglimani Thiombiano, Inauguration de « l’Eglise des Nations » :« Nous allons intensifier les prières pour le Burkina Faso », Pasteur Karambiri, burkina24.com, Burkina Faso, January 11, 2020
  28. ^ Stanley D. Brunn, The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, Springer, USA, 2015, p. 2334
  29. ^ John Dart, 'FaithDome'--Jesus' Grand-Slam Homer: $9-Million Geodesic Dome Draws 8,100 to First Service, latimes.com, USA, September 11, 1989
  30. ^ Simon Romero, Temple in Brazil Appeals to a Surge in Evangelicals, nytimes.com, USA, July 24, 2014
  31. ^ Roderick T. dela Cruz, How a young architect designed the country’s largest worship center, manilastandard.net, Philippines, March 23, 2014
  32. ^ Tegan Hanlon, Redeemed Christian Church of God dedicates $15.5 million Pavilion Center, dallasnews.com, USA, June 19, 2013
  33. ^ Sunday Oguntola, Inside the multi-billion ‘House on the Rock’ cathedral, thenationonlineng.net, Nigeria, April 14, 2013
  34. ^ Inemesit Udodiong, 11 things that are never going to change about this denomination, pulse.ng, Nigeria, August 14, 2017
  35. ^ Associated Press, Chicago megachurch opens doors for 10,000, usatoday.com, USA, July 4, 2005