Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio (Jeff Bogue, senior pastor), has been named among the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. by Outreach magazine. With an attendance 5,090 people each weekend, the church has seen 13 percent growth, placing them at number 76 on the 2016 Fastest-Growing Churches list. (The church also just missed being on the list of 100 largest churches who participated in the survey.)
According to outreachmagazine.com, the Outreach 100 is a collaboration between Outreach magazine and LifeWay Research. It’s an attempt to identify and learn from the country’s fastest-growing churches. The LifeWay Research team surveys churches, verifies the numbers, calculates the results and compiles the lists. TheOutreach editorial team conducts interviews with many of the pastors and reports on those conversations, profiling churches and compiling features on the churches and their leadership.
A self-reported survey, the Fastest-Growing list includes surveyed churches with attendance greater than 1,000, a numerical gain of 150 or more and a percentage gain of at least four percent. Also, the list includes all churches participating in the survey with attendance of 5,269 or more.
Click here to read more about Grace Church and its growth in 2015.