1. The Potter’s House
6777 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas
The Potter’s House was founded in 1996
by Bishop T. D. Jakes with just 50 families in its congregation. It has since grown
into one of the nation’s largest mega
churches, featuring more than 59 ministries, including GED/literacy programs,
homeless outreach, AIDS outreach, and a
fast-growing prison ministry.
2. Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral
2215 Ross Avenue, Dallas
Our Lady’s Cathedral is home to the
oldest Catholic parish in Dallas, which
began as the Sacred Heart Church
in 1869. It was also home to the first
Dallas diocesan cathedral, which was
renamed Our Lady of Guadalupe in
1914 to include a neighboring parish
serving Mexican immigrants. The
Cathedral is located at the center of the
Dallas Arts District.
3. Fellowship Church
2450 N Hwy 121, Grapevine
Fellowship Church is by far the largest
Baptist church in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area, and one of the largest mega
churches in the nation. The church
features contemporary worship that
appeals to vast audiences, such as the
“Walking Dead — Life Is Too Good Not
To Live” sermon series.
4. Highland Park United Methodist Church
3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
Highland Park United Methodist actually began on the SMU campus in 1916,
and moved to their own church in 1927.
Highland Park has ministries for all
ages, and members can worship at the
Sanctuary (traditional), Cornerstone
(contemporary), Cox Chapel, Kerygma,
Munger Place, or online.
5. Prestonwood Baptist Church
6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano
Prestonwood has three locations in the
DFW Metroplex, and began with the
In the nation, about 19% of people are Catholic. Although one might
expect this number to be higher in a state bordering predominantly
Catholic Mexico, DFW has considerably fewer Catholics, at only
Instead, DFW has more than twice the national average of Baptists.
The Metroplex is also home to considerably more Methodists and
nondenominational Christians. What does that mean for the landscape of worship? It all adds up to rich fodder for mega church culture.
Northern Texas is known as the “Buckle of the Bible Belt,” meaning
that not only is it home to many Christians, but that worshipers in the
area also have a very “Texan” way of being Christian. At one time
or another, Dallas has been home to the nation’s largest Episcopal,
Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and Southern Baptist congregations. Religion, like almost everything else in Texas, is bigger and glitzier than in
just about any other part of the country.
Dallas is home to what many consider to be the first modern mega
church, The First Baptist Church of Dallas. While certainly not the
largest church in Dallas today, First Baptist was the model for all mega
churches that followed, particularly other Baptist mega churches. A
mega church has anywhere from several thousands of members to 10-,
20-, or upwards of 30,000 members and one or many monolith-sized
facilities, on campuses that can seem like cities of their own. The
largest churches often feature stadium seating, concert-quality sound
and lighting, and televise their worship for those who cannot attend
or simply don’t fit in the same room. Dallas has an unusually large
number of mega churches.
It’s against this backdrop of mega church culture in Dallas, that the
annual Mega Fest is set. Mega Fest is a revival led by celebrity evangelist Bishop T. D. Jakes. Not surprisingly, Bishop Jakes is also the
founder of one of the largest mega churches in the nation — and the
largest in DFW — The Potter’s House. Christians from every denomination and from all over the country flock to Dallas every year to take
part in the largest revival in the nation.
While the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is known for its leadership
in the mega church phenomenon, there are other religions that also
make true the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas.” Eastern populations have been booming in Texas, and with them come eastern
religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. DFW is also home to
more than three times the national average of Muslims and the largest
Jewish Synagogue in the South/Southwestern United States. There
are also some fantastic and influential churches, synagogues, temples,
and mosques with fewer than one thousand members.
While the landscape of worship in DFW offers a plethora of ways to
develop one’s spirituality, it can be a difficult landscape to navigate —
especially for those who are new to the area. The following is a list
of the Top 20 Houses of Worship in the DFW area. While they are
ranked by congregation size, church planting, impact on the community, innovation, and history, were also considered when choosing
them for the list.