A Study of
Protestant Mega-Churches
in Central America, 2011-2015
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Estudio de
Mega-Iglesias Protestantes
en América Central, 2011-2015


Project Description, May 2011

Hartford Institute For Religion Research:
definition of a mega-church


RANKING OF MEGA-CHURCHES IN CENTRAL AMERICA

25,000+

"Friends of Israel" Bible Baptist Tabernacle -
Tabernaculo Bíblico Bautista "Amigos de Israel" -
Pastor Brother Toby - Dr. Edgar López Bertrand
(International Baptist Mission - Fundamentalist)
Colonia San Benito, San Salvador, El Salvador
Auditorium seats 10,000 people; has six Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 48,000

International Harvest Ministry of Honduras -
Ministerio Internacional La Cosecha Honduras
(International Church of the Foursquare Gospel)
Pastor General Misael Argenal Rodríguez
Located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Auditorium seats 30,000 people; total attendance unknown.

Iglesia Elim Central de San Salvador -
Misión Cristiana Elim Internacional
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor General Mario Vega
Calle al Matazano, Final Colonia Santa Lucía
San Salvador, El Salvador
Auditorium seats 5,000 people; has five Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 22,000


10,000-24,999

Iglesia Casa de Dios - House of God Church
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Carlos "Cash" Luna
Km. 17 on Main Highway to San José Pinula and El Salvador
Near Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 3,500 people; has five Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 15,000

Comunidad Apostólica Hosanna - Hosanna Apostolic Community
(affiliated with Assemblies of God)
Pastor Apostle Edwin Alvarez Hosanna Vision TV
Via España y Martin Sossa, La Cresta Calle 1era., Panama City, Panama
Auditorium seats 5,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 13,500

Iglesia Fraternidad Cristiana - Christian Brotherhood Church
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Jorge H. López
Templo Mega-Frater, Km. 13.5 Calzada Roosevelt 8-25, Zona 3,
Colonia Cotio, Municipality of Mixco
, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 12,200 people; has one Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 10,500


Ministerios Ebenezer de Guatemala -
Ebenezer Ministries of Guatemala

(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Sergio Enríquez

Barrio San Pedrito, Zona 5, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 2,500 people; has one Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 10,500


5,000-9,999

Iglesia de Jesucristo La Familia de Dios -
Family of God Church of Jesus Christ

(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Luis Fernando Solares
Municipality of Mixco, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 5,000 people; has two Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 9,000

Ministerios Apostolar Centro Cristiano -
Christian Center Apostolic Ministries
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Augusto Marenco
Rotonda de la Residencial Bello Horizonte, Managua, Nicaragua
Auditorium seats 1,500 people; has six Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 9,000

Ministerio Internacional Ríos de Agua Viva -
Rivers of Living Water International Ministry
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Omar Duarte
Sector de Rubenia de Managua, Nicaragua
Auditorium seats about 3,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total Estimated Sunday attendance = 8,500

Comunidad de Renovación Familiar Hosanna -
Hosanna Community of Family Renewal
(affiliated with the Assemblies of God)
Pastor David Spencer
Pista Jean Paul Genie, Managua, Nicaragua
Auditorium seats 2,500 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 7,000

Iglesia de Cristo Elim Central - Elim Central Church of Christ
Pastor General Héstor Nufio
(independent Pentecostal)
3a Avenida 11-42, Colonia El Rosario, Zona 3
Municipality of Mixco, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 3,200 people; has two Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 6,000

"Oasis of Hope" Assembly of God -
Iglesia Asambleas de Dios "Oasis de Esperanza"
Pastor Apóstol Raul Vargas
Moravia, San José, Costa Rica

Auditorium seats 2,500 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 5,250

Misión Cristiana Mundial La Rosa de Sarón -
Rose of Sharon Worldwide Christian Mission
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor José Luis Madrigal
San Francisco de Goicoechea, San José, Costa Rica
Auditorium seats 3,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 5,000

"Passion for Souls" International Apostolic Community -
Comunidad Apostólica Internacional "Pasión por las Álmas"
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Apóstol William Magana
Avenida 10, Hospital District, San José

Auditorium seats 2,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 5,000


2,000-4,999

Iglesia Lluvias de Gracia - Showers of Blessing Church
(Misión Cristiana Evangélica Lluvias de Gracia)
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Apóstol Edmundo Madrid Morales
10 Avenida 16-70, Sector 5, Planes de Minerva
Zona 11, Municipality of Mixco, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 5,000 people; has one Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 4,700

Iglesia El Shaddai - El Shaddai Church
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastora Cecilia de Caballeros

4 Calle 23-03, Zona 14, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 5,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 4,700

Centro Evangelístico de las Asambleas de Dios -
Evangelistic Center of the Assemblies of God
Pastor Olvidio Valladares
Colonia Javier Cuadras Montoya, Managua, Nicaragua
Auditorium seats 1,000 people; has six Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 4,500

Abundant Life Christian Community-
Comunidad Cristiana "Vida Abundante"
(Federacion de Iglesias Vida Abundante - FIVA)
(independent neo-pentecostal)
Pastor Ricardo Salazar
San Antonio de Coronado, San José
Auditorium seats 1,100 people; has three Sunday worship services and a Saturday evening service
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,800

Eagles Nest Apostolic Mission - Misión Apostólica "Nido de Aguilas" (MANA)
(MANA Internacional / Kingdom Takers Church -
formerly known as the International Charismatic Mission - MCI)

Pastor Apóstol Guido Luis Núñez
La Uruca, San José, Costa Rica
Auditorium seats 1,800 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,800

Church of Jesus Christ "Palabra Mi-El" Central -
Iglesia de Jesucristo Palabra Mi-El Central
(independent Pentecostal: Mi-El = "Misión Elim")
Pastor Apóstol Gaspar Sapalu Alvarado

Boulevard El Naranjo 29-55, Zona 4
Municipality of Mixco, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 3,500 people; has one Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,400

Evangelistic Center of San Salvador -
Centro Evangelístico de San Salvador
(affiliated with the Assemblies of God)
Pastors Juan Ángel and Edith Castro
2a Avenida Norte, Colonia La Rabida, San Salvador, El Salvador
Auditorium seats 1,500 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

Joshua Christian Church - Iglesia Cristiana Josué -
(affiliated with the Assemblies of God)
Pastor Lisandro Bojorquez
Avenida Mansferrer Sur, Colonia Campestre, San Salvador, El Salvador

Auditorium seats 1,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

Family Worship Center Church -
Iglesia Centro Familiar de Adoración
(affiliated with the Assemblies of God)
Pastor Francisco Karra
Colonia Santa Lucía, San Salvador, El Salvador
Auditorium seats 1,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

Christian Temple - Templo Cristiano
(affiliated with the Assemblies of God)
Pastor Orlando Flores
Colonia San Benito, San Salvador, El Salvador
Auditorium seats 1,800 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

Iglesia Cristiana Vida Real - Royal Life Christian Church
(independent Pentecostal)
Pastor Rony Madrid
Centro de Convenciones Ilumina
19 Avenida 16-02, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Auditorium seats 1,100 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

Assemblies of God Christian Center
Iglesia Asambleas de Dios "Centro Evangelístico"
Pastor Hugo Solís González
Zapote, San José, Costa Rica

Auditorium seats 1,500 people; has two Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

City of God - Ciudad de Dios
(Affiliated with Brethren in Christ Church)
Pastor Dr. Alex Alvarado
Hatillo, San José
Auditorium seats 1,000 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 3,000

Bible Temple of San José - Templo Bíblico de San José
(Asociación de Iglesias Bíblicas Costarricenses - AIBC)
Pastor Reynaldo Salazar
Downtown San José, 200 meters west of Parque Central, Costa Rica
Auditorium seats 800 people; has three Sunday worship services
Total estimated Sunday attendance = 2,400


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