The 50 Most Influential Churches List

July 18, 2007

The new list published by Church Report Online is out. 

Last year when this listwas published, Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale was somewhere in the 40’s.  We had not been contacted about the list, or participated in the survey, but we made the list. 

That made some people mad…… US!  Just because we ended up on the same list that “seeker-sensitive”, “purpose-driven”, “emerging”, “pentecostal”, “liberal”, “positive-confession”, or “positive-thinking”, churches were on.   In fact we were accused of being some of the above, just because we were on the list!  (and please excuse me if I left your favorite label off my short list)

This year we jumped to number 18.

Apparently, we have become more influential than last year…..without even trying.

I don’t know what to attribute this good, (or bad, depending on who you talk to) fortune on, but we will probably make someone mad again…..without even trying.

Either way, it doesn’t really matter.  It never even enters our thinking as to what God calls us to do here.  My prayer is that we will always listen to the voice of Him who called us, instead of the one that put us on a list.


6 Responses to “The 50 Most Influential Churches List”

  1. Bill LaMorey Says:


    Congrats! Keep not trying, and you might hit #1 for 2008! 🙂

  2. Rod Pearcy Says:

    The really surprising thing is that somehow, inadvertantly, your church was left off the list. (Ive done some preliminary checking…and I think that you were 52).
    I hear nothing but great things about what is happening up there. Keep up the great work!

  3. bryonm Says:

    probably the rod pearcy blog is responsible for moving ya’ll up the list 🙂

  4. Rod Pearcy Says:

    I may be responsible for giving people influENZA, but never inFLUence.

  5. Bill LaMorey Says:


    I’ll call the Church Report later and clear it up…

    Thanks for the props!

  6. Gary McCullough Says:

    Check out the source of this list:

    Rising Evangelical Star Jason Christy Leaves Trail of Fraud, Associates Say
    By Hannah Elliott

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Aug. 1 /ABP/ — When young, charismatic Christian publisher Jason Christy was tapped two years ago to lead the powerful Christian Coalition, the group’s leaders praised him for his ability “to inspire and encourage people of faith to action.” But Christy’s business dealings — both before and after his one-month affiliation with the Coalition — instead have inspired former customers and co-workers to file lawsuits charging Christy with defrauding their Christian businesses.

    Christy, 36, who apparently had no previous public-policy experience, persuaded the Christian Coalition in 2005 to place him in one of the most visible and powerful positions in evangelical life. But before the coalition’s leaders officially turned over the reins of their 1.2 million-member national lobbying group, they learned of a trail of legal and financial problems that has followed Christy from coast to coast.

    Former associates and customers of Christy’s many business ventures — mostly Christian magazines — say he cheated them out of money and threatened them. At least 10 of them have filed lawsuits, Associated Baptist Press has learned, and others have gotten court-issued restraining or protection orders against the Scottsdale, Ariz., businessman.

    Christy says all the allegations are false. He and his supporters say “enemies” are spreading lies about him because of soured business relationships. But critics say Christy is a scam artist preying on trusting Christians.

    Christy now publishes The Church Report, supposedly a conservative, national print magazine and web site. He has appeared as an analyst on CNN and spoken at megachurches like Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral. He hob-nobs with some of the evangelical elite and still has relationships with leaders in highly respected positions, like the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

    This article is continued at Associated Baptist Press News:

    Also at The Baptist Standard: and

    Christianity Today:

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