Figures compiled through the Annual Church Report reveal the largest Georgia Baptist Convention churches in terms of average weekly worship attendance for 2016.
Elizabeth Baptist Church of Atlanta and Voices of Faith Ministries in Stone Mountain, two historic African American congregations, reported the highest figures. Elizabeth Baptist, where Craig Oliver serves as pastor, noted an average weekly worship attendance of 7,336. Voices of Faith Ministries and Pastor Gary Hawkins, Sr., reported a weekly worship attendance of 6,900.
Reports for 2017 ACR currently being compiled
Formerly referred to as the Annual Church Profile, the Annual Church Report gathers statistical information on Georgia Baptist Churches annually. Church Research Services of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board is currently receiving those reports from congregations for the 2017 report.
“We’ve heard back from about 40 percent of our churches so far,” said Georgia Baptist state missionary Tom Crites. “They’re in the process of reporting to their associations. We aim for a deadline of Nov. 15, but know that some associations work on a January-through-December fiscal calendar. Because of that we won’t have a complete report until early next year.”
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