10 Global Churches Larger Than America's Largest

Ray McCauley, Rhema Bible Church, Johannesburg, South Africa

On returning to South Africa after Bible college, Ray McCauley started Rhema Bible Church in the home of his parents, Jimmy and Doreen, with 13 people attending. Membership grew and the church moved into a former cinema in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The church outstripped the cinema, then a warehouse, then finally moved to its current location in 1985 in Randburg, Johannesburg. The 5,000-seat auditorium was then upgraded to over 7,500 seats to accommodate the congregation that currently numbers 45,000 strong, the single largest church congregation in southern Africa. While Rhema Bible Church has continued to grow, more than 400 additional churches have been planted throughout South Africa.

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Dr. James O. Davis is Founder of Cutting Edge International and Second Billion Network, a growing coalition of Christian ministries and denominations working together to build the premier community of pastors worldwide and facilitate a global thrust to plant five million new churches to lead one billion people to faith in Christ. There are more than 160,000 churches to date in this global network. When the Second Billion Network is fully developed over the next several years, (1) The finest pastor training library, prepared in all the major world languages, will be available to help pastors everywhere; (2) There will be more than 400 Co-Chairs involved in 237 nations, territories and provinces worldwide. Dr. Davis has provided leadership for some 1,500 evangelists and has equipped thousands of students for full-time evangelism ministry.