With about 80 people, John Osteen began Lakewood Church in a dusty, abandoned feed store on Mother’s Day 1959. Now his son, Joel, runs a $56,5 million empire. Learn more about the evolution of Joel Osteen in this infographic.
Churches across America are shutting down at a rate of 1% while megachurches are growing at rate of 8%. Many have criticized them for using corporate techniques to create economic empires. All the while, smaller churches watch their flock migrate towards a religious experience that’s a little more… MEGA.