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Number of megachurches in California, Texas, and Florida as of 2001: 289

Percentage of megachurches that cite the Bible and personal experience as most important authority in their congregation’s worship and teaching: 80.4

Percentage of megachurches that cite human reasoning and understanding as most important authority in their congregation’s worship and teaching: 0

Percentage of megachurches in or around a city of 50,000-250,000+: 88.8

Percentage of megachurches that claim they are in need of more space for parking: 64.6

Percentage of megachurches that emphasize abstaining from premarital sex a “great deal” or “quite a bit”: 81.7

Percentage of senior pastors of megachurches who are male: 99.3

Percentage of megachurches that operate a Christian elementary or secondary school: 41.7

Percentage of megachurches that have “none,” “hardly any,” or “few” attendees with household incomes below $20,000: 91.7

Percentage of regularly participating adult megachurch attendees who are white: 79.5

Percentage of megachurches which give sermons on stewardship in order to encourage financial giving: 92.6

Average income of each megachurch in 2000: $4.8 million

Number of communion cups that the “Greenlee Communion Dispensing Machine” (designed for megachurches) can fill in 2 seconds: 40

Number of toilets at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky: 402

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