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UNITED STATES | Church

In Pictures: America's 10 Biggest Megachurches

No. 1: Lakewood Church



Houston, Texas

Pastor: Joel Osteen

Average weekly attendance: 43,500

Annual budget: $70 million

With the largest megachurch in the country, pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen reaches some 7 million television viewers in the U.S. with his “Christian light”-style message, which is broadcast to more than 100 countries. Since his father, the church’s former pastor, died in 1999, Osteen has grown the nondenominational church seven times over, reflecting the demographics of its diverse home city. Osteen, who preaches about the positives in life, has made millions from his inspirational books. Osteen deflects notions that a pastor should be poor, says more riches means greater influence for ministry. He and his wife, Victoria, are the largest donors to Lakewood.


© AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis

Source: Forbes
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