Hutterian Brethren

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Denominational Profile

Notes

Small groups of Hutterites derive their names from Jacob Hutter, a sixteenth-century Anabaptist. Many believers are of German descent and still use their native tongue at home and in church. "Colonies" share property, practice non-resistance, dress plainly, do not participate in politics, and operate their own schools.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1936 - 6 501
1937 1 5 350
1942 - 7 265
1946 - 11 1,052
1951 1 16 1,350
1952 28 28 2,470
1953 29 25 2,324
1954 24 25 2,695
1955 33 29 2,850
1956 34 26 2,917
1957 28 26 1,994
1959 20 20 2,250
1961 23 20 2,215
1962 23 21 2,308
1963 - 22 2,488
1964 90 77 7,600
1966 29 28 2,835
1968 20 29 3,405
1976 36 35 3,500
1979 - 35 3,443
1980 - 35 3,684
1984 - 77 3,968
1985 - 77 3,988
1987 - 77 3,988
1990 600 375 38,000
1992 195 95 6,700
1994 795 395 41,475
1996 814 398 41,600
1997 575 428 42,800
2000 600 444 43,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]