Oct 072011

A list of megachurches in Orange County and Southern California where thousands and thousands of people attend church. People vote with their feet, you might say, though that’s 50% of church attenders – 50% of churchgoers attend churches over 350 in size. [cf.Top 10 Largest Churches in the OC]

Big Churches in Orange County

  1. Saddleback Church saddleback.com **
  2. Mariner’s Church  http://marinerschurch.org **
  3. ROCKHARBOR http://rockharbor.org **
  4. Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa http://calvarychapelcostamesa.com
  5. Templo Calvario Assembly of God http://tcsocal.com Santa Ana
  6. Eastside Christian Church http://eastside.com Anaheim
  7. First Evangelical Free Church http://evfreefullerton.com/ Fullerton
  8. The Crossing http://thecrossing.com/ Costa Mesa
  9. Seacoast Grace Church http://www.seacoastgrace.org Cypress
  10. Newsong Community Church newsong.net **
  11. Sarang Community Church (Korean) http://www.sarang.com/ Anaheim
  12. Grace Ministries International (Korean) http://www.gracemi.com/ Fullerton
  13. Coast Hills Community Church http://www.coasthillschurch.org/ Aliso Viejo
  14. The Rock Church http://www.solidlives.com/ Anaheim
  15. Vineyard Christian Fellowship http://www.vcfanaheim.com/ Anaheim
  16. Knott Avenue Christian Church http://www.kacc.com/ Anaheim
  17. Cottonwood Christian Center http://cottonwood.org Los Alamitos
  18. Yorba Linda Friends Church http://www.ylfc.org
  19. Friendship Baptist Church http://www.thefriendshipchurch.org Yorba Linda
  20. Rose Drive Friends Church http://www.rdf.org/ Yorba Linda
  21. Calvary Chapel La Habra  http://calvarylahabra.org
  22. Orange Hills Assembly of God http://www.orangehills.net Orange Hills
  23. Pacific Coast Church http://www.pccsc.org San Clemente
  24. The Life Church http://www.lifechurchonline.com Irvine
  25. First Christian Church http://www.fcchb.com Huntington Beach
  26. Capo Beach Calvary  http://capobeachcalvary.com/
  27. Healing Word http://www.healingword.tv/ Tustin
  28. Calvary Chapel http://www.ccrsm.net/ Rancho Santa Margarita
  29. Calvary Chapel Westgrove http://www.ccwg.org Garden Grove
  30. Calvary Church of Santa Ana http://calvarylife.org
  31. Bethel Korean Church http://www.bkc.org Irvine
  32. Compass Bible Church http://www.compasschurch.org Aliso Viejo
  33. Crossline Community Church http://www.crosslinechurch.com Laguna Hills
  34. 얼바인침례교회 (Irvine Baptist Church) www.irvinechurch.com
  35. Ocean Hills Community Church, San Juan Capistrano
  36. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove

Large Churches in the City of Los Angeles

  • Oasis Christian Center http://www.oasisla.org
  • Young Nak Presbyterian Church http://www.youngnak.com (Korean)
  • Bel Air Presbyterian Church http://www.belairpres.org
  • Angelus Temple / Dream Center http://www.angelustemple.org/
  • MOSAIC http://mosaic.org/
  • Reality LA http://realityla.com/
  • Ecclesia Hollywood http://www.churchinhollywood.com/
  • Glory Church of Jesus Christ http://gcjc.org
  • Crenshaw Christian Center
  • Brookins Community Ame Church
  • The Oriental Mission Church
  • First African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • West Angeles Church of God in Christ
  • Iglesias De Restauracion
  • First Church of God of Los Angeles, Inglewood CA
  • Big churches in Los Angeles county
  • Mission Ebenezer Family Church http://www.missionebenezer.com Carson
  • Parkcrest Christian Church http://parkcrest.org Long Beach
  • Lake Avenue Church http://www.lakeave.org Pasadena
  • Faith Community Church  http://www.go2faith.com/ West Covina
  • The Church On The Way http://www.tcotw.org Van Nuys
  • Calvary Chapel Golden Springs
  • Faithful Central Missionary Baptist Church
  • Agape International Center For Truth, Culver City CA
  • Calvary Chapel, Downey CA
  • Calvary Chapel South Bay http://www.ccsouthbay.org/ Gardena CA
  • City of Refuge Church, Gardena CA
  • Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach CA
  • Community Baptist Church – Journey of Faith, Manhattan Beach CA
  • Calvary Chapel Montebello, Montebello CA
  • Journey Community Church, La Mirada CA
  • Central Christian Church, Lancaster CA
  • Lancaster Baptist Church, Lancaster CA
  • Desert Vineyard, Lancaster CA
  • First Presbyterian Church, Torrance CA
  • First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena CA
  • Rolling Hills Covenant Church, Rolling Hills Estates CA
  • Whittier Area Community Church, Whittier CA
  • Morning Star Christian Chapel, Whittier CA
  • Faith Community Church, Covina CA
  • Florence Avenue Foursquare Church, Santa Fe Springs CA
  • big churches in the San Fernando Valley
  • Cornerstone Community Church http://cornerstonesimi.com Simi Valley
  • Shepherd of the Hills Church http://www.theshepherd.org Porter Ranch
  • The Church At Rocky Peak http://www.rockypeak.org Chatsworth
  • Grace Community Church http://www.gracechurch.org Sun Valley
  • Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita CA
  • Faith Chapel, Spring Valley CA
  • Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village CA

Big Churches in the Inland Empire (Riverside County etc)

  • Harvest Christian Fellowship http://www.harvest.org/church/ Riverside
  • Sandals Church http://sandalschurch.com/ Riverside
  • Sunrise Church http://www.sunrisechurch.org Rialto
  • The Grove Community Church http://thegrove.cc Riverside
  • Crossroads Christian Church http://www.crossroadschurch.com Corona
  • Calvary Chapel Golden Springs http://www.calvarygs.org Diamond Bar
  • Set Free Christian Fellowship http://www.setfreerocks.com/ Yucaipa
  • Southwest Community Church  http://southwestcc.org/ Los Gatos
  • Calvary Chapel Ontario
  • Calvary Chapel David Rosales Chino
  • Inland Hills Church  Chino
  • Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
  • Water of Life, Fontana
  • Campus Hill Church Loma Linda
  • Loma Linda University Church, Loma Linda CA
  • Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland CA
  • Revival Christian Fellowship, Menifee
  • Calvary Church Murrieta , Murrieta CA
  • Calvary Bible Fellowship, Temecula CA
  • Sunridge Community Church, Temecula
  • Rancho Community Church, Temecula CA
  • Calvary Chapel , Redlands CA
  • Trinity Evangelical Free Church ,  Redlands CA
  • Life Church of God In Christ,  Riverside CA
  • Christ’s Church of the Valley,  San Dimas CA
  • Pomona First Baptist Church, Pomona CA
  • Cornerstone Community Church, Wildomar CA
  • Abundant Living Family Church , Rancho Cucamonga CA
  • Hillside Community Church , Rancho Cucamonga CA

Big Churches in the San Diego area



Why did so many megachurches wind up in the OC? According to the panelists in the above video: suburbanist spread, charismatic pastors with business skills, …


* data gathered via http://christianexaminer.com/Articles/Articles%20Jun04/Art_Jun04_12.html + HIRR database of megachurches in California

** denotes a multi-site church, that is, a church in multiple locations

Apr 062009

Great event in 2 weeks with some friends over at Catalyst and the church leadership sub-culture. It’s the Catalyst launch event on the West Coast, dates are April 22-24, 2009, in Irvine, California at Mariners Church.

This will be my first time I’ve ever attended a Catalyst experience. I’m glad it’s not 12,000+ people, and more like 3,000 people. And I kinda don’t want to go alone.

So I’ve got a free ticket. Add a comment here for why I should let you have it. On April 10th after 2:00pm Pacific, I’ll pick one out of the thread to give the free ticket. This is totally subjective and not a random drawing. [contest rules: I made up these rules; my decision will be final; any comments after Fri 4/10 2pm Pacific will not qualify.] [update 4/11] The winner of the free ticket to Catalyst West is Brett Crimmel! Congratulations!

You can still register at: www.catalystwestcoast.com or by phone at 888-334-6569. Mention Rate Code BLG and you can save an extra 10% on the ticket price.

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Jun 252008

I like connecting people to people. There, I’ve said it. Whether it’s people to God, people to resources, people to churches, people to places, it’s listening people’s question and connecting to what they’re looking for.

In a recent conversation, someone moving into the Irvine area is looking for a church. He’s been checking different churches out, but hasn’t yet found the right one. Ingredients that he’s looking for: a Bible-teaching church, a strong children’s ministry, fellowship with other Christians, a place to serve, and not too loud. A church like Bent Tree Bible Fellowship would be ideal, he said. It’s a kind of healthy church that feels like home (for certain evangelical Christians).

I ran through my mental rolodex and here’s what I came up with (in no particular order). But comparatively few right there in Irvine, surprisingly. There are plenty of great churches in Irvine, granted, but not sure all fit the description above. Perhaps you know some others.

(I think you can leave out that the Bible-teaching churches that are too vocal about the faults and problems of other good evangelical church’s practices…)

I’ve indexed more than a dozen church directories and search engines here — great reference there for anyone looking for a church anywhere.

[update] brand new website just launched by Jon Acuff -> Can I Wear Jeans? at caniwearjeans.blogspot.com for a directory of candid church reviews, cf. read back story from Steve Knight

[update May 2009] also see this list of churches with evening worship services