*Research used to compile the Outreach Magazine/LifeWay Research Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America lists indicates that attendance in the churches on the Fastest-Growing list has increased over last year.

Combined, total attendance was 643,727, an increase of 75,246. The lists appear in Outreach magazine’s 2010 Outreach 100 Special Issue, published Sept. 15, 2010.

To survey churches for this report, Outreach again partnered with LifeWay Research for the fourth consecutive year. Led by LifeWay Research President and Outreach columnist Dr. Ed Stetzer, researchers contacted more than 8,000 churches to gather the self-reported data used to compile the lists. The listings are based on February and March weekend attendance averages.

The 2010 Outreach 100 Special Issue includes more research and statistics than ever before, as well as more profiles of churches.

“As we approached the 2010 Outreach 100, we knew we wanted to tell more stories of churches to truly reflect their impact and to get to the heart of why they’re growing,” Outreach magazine Editor Lindy Lowry said. “So we increased the number of profiles from five to 15 and added several other feature-length articles offering the stories behind the numbers. Ultimately, The Outreach 100 is not so much about numbers as it is the individuals those numbers represent–people who have found hope in Jesus, and the churches pointing them to Him.”

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