Yes, Minnesota has a gigachurch. The baffled reaction of most hearers notwithstanding, it’s true.
For the unconversant, a “gigachurch” is one with average weekly attendance of at least 10,000. The United States has about fifty in total; about half of the states have none. Churches that reach this size frequently have wide-ranging reputations, with many people near and far at least cognizant of the church’s existence. In contrast, mentioning Minnesota’s gigachurch often triggers perplexed looks even from long-time Minnesotans. Yet this church is perhaps America’s 12th largest, with average weekly attendance currently twice the gigachurch threshold.
Over this past summer I became drawn to discover who this inconspicuous colossus is. And so a fascinating journey began.