These are the largest and most prominent Georgia churches. North Point Community Church World Changers Church Free Chapel Worship Center New Birth Missionary Baptist Church 12Stone Church

Take me to church: Here are the 5 largest megachurches in Georgia

The South and her churches go together like shrimp and grits, served at Mary Mac's Tea Room each week to the thousands of churchgoers from all denominations who share the old tradition of Sunday supper.

Today, the most prominent and powerful churches in Atlanta are a collection of massive organizations with significant influence.

According to the Hartford Institute for Religious Research database, Georgia ranks behind only California and Texas in its instances of the megachurch -- those with more than 2,000 average attendees -- and Atlanta alone has more than a half dozen with over 5,000 average congregants.

Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth church, dies

His church, New Birth Missionary, grew to political influence in metro Atlanta

Here are the largest churches in Georgia

Primarily Atlanta's megachurches that average more than 10,000 parishioners each Sunday.

FEB. 9, 2011: Later the same day, Michelle Obama spoke at North Point Church in Alpharetta for the same "Let's Move" campaign. (PHIL SKINNER / pskinner@ajc.com)
Photo: Phil Skinner/AJC

North Point Community Church
Multiple Atlanta area locations. northpoint.org

Over 30,000 people make their way to Alpharetta's North Point Community Church and its satellite campuses each week. This outpaces the Atlanta Braves average game attendance (23,497) by more than 30 percent. They come to hear Andy Stanley's life-oriented, non-denominational message and to experience high production value musical performances and stage design. The modern contemporary music and 21st century approach to worship have affected millennial crossover appeal and grown the North Point brand and the work of Stanley (son of famed Dr. Charles Stanley) into the largest church in Georgia and the third largest in the nation, a distinction that comes at the cost of scrutiny.

March 13, 2015 College Park - Bertha Green, mother of Fulton County Detective Terence Green, speaks as her husband Johnny Green (left) stands next her during a funeral service at World Changers International Church on Friday, March 13, 2015. Terence Avery Green, 48, was on duty March 4 when he was killed in what a Fulton police assistant chief called an ambush-style attack. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

World Changers Church
2500 Burdett Road, College Park, Ga. 30349. www.worldchangers.org.

Home to the infamous pastor Creflo Dollar, and the prosperity gospel he controversially teaches, the church received a grade of "F" for its financial transparency (or lack thereof) by Ministry Watch. Dollar's ministries have been under the investigation of the United States senate, and his lifestyle has drawn plenty of headlines -- for his ownership of two Rolls-Royces, a private jet, homes throughout the nation and undisclosed salary. And for the $65 million Gulfstream G-650 he wanted his ministry to buy. For all of that, the World Changers Church in College Park still brings more than 15,000 in each Sunday.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during a church service at Free Chapel, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Gainesville, Ga. Carson promoted his book "A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties" that he co-authored with his wife Candy Carson during his visit. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
Photo: Branden Camp

Free Chapel Worship Center

3001 McEver Road, Gainesville, Ga. 30504. www.freechapel.org/gainesville

The Free Chapel in Gainseville is led by senior pastor Jentezen Franklin. A sister church, Free Chapel OC, congregates in Irvine, California. Much of Franklin's visibility comes from his work on the TBN televised Kingdom Connection. The church averages 13,568 attendants.

Bishop Eddie Long, Senior Pastor of the Church, speaks during Wednesday night Bible Study on April 9, 2003.  New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. is one of the mega-churches in Atlanta Metro area with a membership of about 25,000 people. Long became pastor of the church in 1987.
Photo: Renee Hannans Henry / AJC staff

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, Ga. 30038. www.newbirth.org

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a Baptist church with Pentecostal theology unique to the denomination was led by senior pastor Eddie Long in Lithonia until his death. Though the church has deep roots (it was founded in 1939), its modern history has seen congregations swell from the 300 members, during Long's first days as senior pastor in 1987, to the more than 12,000 average weekly attendants in 2015.

»RELATED: New Birth’s Bishop Stephen A. Davis resigns from DeKalb megachurch

12Stone Church

Multiple Georgia locations. 12stone.com

The main campus at 12Stone on Buford Drive and its Duluth location were vandalized two weeks apart
Photo: Sandra Parrish

Kevin Myers' 12Stone is a multisite church similar to North Point Community Church in the structuring of strategic campuses and shared learning technologies -- there are 12stone church campuses in Gwinnett, Hall and Bartow counties. It is among the fastest growing church organizations in the country, with 10,000 weekly attendees.

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