The 2013 Outreach 100

Inside the 2013 Outreach 100

America’s Fastest-Growing and Largest Churches

“There is a difference between growing numbers and growing people; between filling buildings and filling souls; between becoming bigger and becoming more Christlike; between auditoriums full of spectators and churches filled with disciples,” writes Robert Crosby in “MegaChange: 10 Trends Reshaping the Megachurch Movement.” It’s not that the numbers are unimportant. It’s that they form an incomplete metric. Crosby’s article—and the whole Outreach 100 issue—points to the balance: Numbers have meaning when we don’t lose sight of the people they represent.

With that in mind, we present the results of the Outreach Magazine/LifeWay Research special report on America’s Fastest-Growing Churches and we delve into the stories behind the numbers. Regardless of the size of your church or your place in ministry, there’s a lot to ponder in these pages. Inspiration. Innovation. Ideas. A celebration of the people behind the numbers. The kingdom is growing, and we’re each honored to be a part.

Don’t Miss


10 Trends Reshaping the Megachurch Movement

America’s Fastest-Growing Churches

The numbers … and what’s behind the numbers. Plus perspective from Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, who answers the question, What’s trending? Sacrifice!

Why They Grow

The stories of many of the Outreach 100 churches

Honest Talk

26 Outreach 100 pastors on the turning points, the metrics of success and essential work habits

Perry Noble: The Interview

The senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., the country’s fourth largest and second fastest-growing, speaks candidly about what grace has begun in the church and in his own life.

Also in this Issue of Outreach

100 CHURCH-TESTED IDEAS for outreach, community connection, retention and ministry engagement

10 LESSONS FROM LARGE CHURCHES (for churches of all sizes)

6 THINGS WE CAN ALL LEARNS from small church America

JUD WILHITE on the ministry roller coaster and our call to simple faithfulness

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James P. Long
James P. Long

James P. Long is the editor of Outreach magazine and is the author of a number of books, including Why Is God Silent When We Need Him the Most?