Top 10 Churches in the USA

04/09/2022

In recent years, churches have been more than just a simple place gathering for religion, and the community has expanded greatly, along with the churches. Here is 10 largest churches in the US, according to congregation size.

Churches are more than just religious sites; they also showcase some of the gorgeous structures in the world. Most people think of beautiful churches spread around Europe, but the United States has its fair share as well.

While Europe is rightfully known for its rich history and religious sites, the United States also boasts plenty of sacred landmarks worth visiting. None may be more profound than the stunning churches dotted across the country, with jaw-dropping architecture and interior designs.

1: Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

The Washington National Cathedral dates back to 1907, and since then, it has been a spiritual center and gorgeous landmark within the nation's capital. In addition to the gorgeous architecture, the grounds are also beautiful and open year-round with cultural activities as well as spiritual ones. Inside this breathtaking church, you will find varying exhibits, such as photographs and those related to the church's history.

2. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist | Savannah, GA

A stop at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a must when wandering through the charming cobblestone streets of Savannah, Georgia. After admiring the striking white and gold facade, spend time observing the stained glass that overlooks the altar. If you’re lucky, the nave will be filled with the sound of the church’s iconic pipe organ. See the cathedral at your own pace with the a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour of historic Savannah.

3. Lakewood Church

Lakewood Church is an evangelical non-denominational Christian megachurch located in Houston, Texas. It is one of the largest congregations in the United States, averaging about 52,000 attendees per week. The 16,800-seat Lakewood Church building, home to four English-language services and two Spanish-language services per week, is located at the former Compaq Center. Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church with his wife, Victoria, who serves as co-pastor.

It has 368 full-time and part-time staff.

 

4. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, New York

This church is the mother church for the Episcopal Diocese in New York as well as the Bishop Seat. There are over 30 services each week, and the church is truly part of the community as it runs a soup kitchen serving about 25,000 meals a year.

The Cathedral dates back over 120 years and is still unfinished, yet remains the largest cathedral worldwide. During a visit to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, be sure to spend some time on the gorgeous Cathedral Close, the 11.3-acre grounds and buildings. This area offers a respite from the city and features theater performances and outdoor music.

5. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis | Missouri

One of the largest mosaics in the world greets visitors to the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, home to a 41.5-million piece glass display designed in part by Tiffany Studios. Walk under the basilica’s two domes and many arches to see the 83,000 square foot sprawl of stunning mosaic artwork before descending to the basilica’s crypts and museum to learn more about its history and artifacts. Guided tours are available weekdays outside of Mass.

6. North Point Community Church

North Point Community Church is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian megachurch located in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. North Point currently averages more than 38,589 people in attendance across eight locations in the north metro Atlanta area. The senior pastor Andy Stanley serves as the church's lead pastor and, in turn, leads the North Point Community Church staff.

The church was started in November 1995 by Andy Stanley. For the first three years of its existence, the congregation of North Point met every other Sunday night in rented facilities. When the Olympics came to town, the church was unable to meet for nine weeks.

7. St. Mary of the Angels, Chicago, Illinois

The St. Mary of the Angels parish dates back to 1899, and the first building began construction during the same year. Work on the new church lasted from 1911 to 1920 and was designed to resemble the Roman St. Peter's Basilica. Many people claim this cathedral is one of the top pieces of Roman Renaissance architecture in the country, making it well worth a visit. After being neglected for several decades, the church restoration began in 1991 and included repairs to the stained-glass windows and dome. There are now 26 fully rebuilt roof angels catching the eye of passersby.

8. Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, also known as the St. Louis Cathedral, is one of the most popular landmarks in New Orleans, You can see the triple steeples from a reasonable distance and represents the heart of the historic city. There have been churches at this location since 1727 and the current one was officially completed in 1793, with significant additions and restorations made throughout the years since then. This includes a major reconstruction in 1849, which required the building to be mostly rebuilt, although the base remained the same. You can take a tour of the cathedral itself or the Old Ursuline Convent which is on site the oldest building within the Mississippi Valley.

9. The National Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, commonly known as Washington National Cathedral, is an American cathedral of the Episcopal Church. The cathedral is located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The structure is of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century. It is the second-largest church building in the United States, and the fourth-tallest structure in Washington, D.C. The cathedral is the seat of both the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Bruce Curry, and the bishop of the Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde. Over 270,000 people visit the structure annually.

10. Saint Mary's Catholic Church, High Hill, Texas

This church has stained-glass windows, ornate paintings, and gorgeous designs, giving it the designation of Queen of the Painted Churches. As such, it is a popular stop along the tour of Painted Churches of Texas. This particular church is known for its beauty not only because of its architecture, but for its unique paintings as well, which require a great deal of restoration and conservation work to keep them in top shape. This means that when you go on a tour or attend services, the paintings will look as beautiful as they did years ago.