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25 States With The Most Christian Ministries

Christian ministries make a significant economic contribution to the American economy.  They serve the poor, provide disaster relief, feed the hungy, and much more.  The nearly 1000 ministries in the MinistryWatch database take in more than $37-billion in revenue annually.  The fast majority of these funds go directly into ministry activities.  This number does not include the tens of millions of hours donated by volunteers to these ministries.

Christian ministries thrive in all 50 states, but some states have become known for their Christian ministry activity.  Colorado Springs is home to hundreds of ministries that contribute more than $1-billion to the local economy.  Orlando and Charlotte also have large ministry populations.

MinistryWatch mined its database to identify the states that were home to the most ministries.  The list of the top 25 states is below.  We ranked the states by revenue, not by the number of ministries located in that state.  We also included the name of the largest ministry in that state.  Because the largest ministry in many states was a college or university, we also included the largest non-college ministry.  And please note that these rankings are based on the ministries in our database, not on the more than 1-million religious non-profits in this country.  But we think this ranking does include the largest ministries in the country and gives a good idea of significant contributions ministries are making to the various states and to our nation.

RankingStateRevenueNumber of MinistriesLargest MinistryLargest Non-University Ministry
1California$3.23-billion105Pepperdine UniversityEducational Media Foundation (K-Love)
2Texas$3.14-billion97Baylor UniversityMercy Ships
3Virginia$2.65-billion40Liberty UniversityChristian Broadcasting Network
4Colorado$2.5-billion58Compassion InternationalCompassion International
5North Carolina$2.03-billion44Samaritan's PurseSamaritan's Purse
6Florida$1.96-billion52Food For The PoorFood For The Poor
7Arizona$1.91-billion24Grand Canyon UniversityFood For The Hungry
8Washington$1.58-billion24World VisionWorld Vision
9Missouri$1.01-billion28Convoy of HopeConvoy of Hope
10Tennessee$887-million36Lipscomb UniversityGideons International
11Oregon$883-million17Mercy CorpsMercy Corps
12Georgia$876-million44Map InternationalMap International
13Oklahoma$857-million21Feed The ChildrenFeed The Children
14Illinois$852-million44Wheaton CollegeYMCA of the USA
15Pennsylvania$707-million37Messiah UniversityCURE International
16Michigan$669-million28Hillsdale CollegeBethany Christian Services
17Ohio$645-million26Cedarville UniversityChristian Aid Ministries
18New York$574-million21Covenant HouseCovenant House
19Indiana$536-million28Indiana Wesleyan UniversityChristian Missionary Fellowship
20South Carolina$531-million15Anderson UniversityInspiration Networks
21Kentucky$461-million14Campbellsville UniversityChristian Appalachian Project
22Maryland$402-million14Interchurch Medical AssistanceInterchurch Medical Assistance
23Minnesota$398-million16Bethel UniversityMinnesota Teen Challenge
24Wisconsin$393-million7Concordia UniversityIntervarsity Christian Fellowship
25Alabama$389-million13Samford UniversityEternal Word Television Network
Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.