Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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Christian Church/Disciples of Christ

split into  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (1832)

 

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is one of several large groups that has grown out of the Restoration Movement begun in the early 19th century by Barton Stone and Thomas and Alexander Campbell.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 6,845 8,715 1,441,462
1929 7,389 8,399 1,573,245
1931 - - 1,432,265
1933 - 8,192 1,566,772
1935 7,256 8,118 1,608,752
1937 - 8,056 1,597,779
1940 - 7,974 1,658,966
1942 - 7,919 1,655,580
1944 - 7,917 1,672,354
1946 - - 1,889,066
1947 - 7,765 1,703,010
1950 8,208 7,769 1,767,964
1951 8,249 7,835 1,792,985
1952 8,035 7,851 1,815,627
1953 - 7,864 1,847,954
1954 7,598 7,925 1,881,911
1955 7,339 7,951 1,897,736
1956 7,523 7,982 1,922,484
1957 7,929 8,001 1,943,599
1958 8,617 7,945 1,943,599
1959 7,744 8,060 1,801,414
1960 7,582 8,001 1,801,821
1961 7,000 7,968 1,797,466
1962 7,609 7,973 1,779,046
1963 - 8,027 1,834,206
1964 7,476 8,067 1,920,760
1965 7,669 8,081 1,918,471
1966 7,540 8,066 1,894,927
1967 7,590 7,965 1,875,400
1968 7,428 5,862 1,592,609
1969 7,306 5,228 1,444,465
1970 6,970 5,114 1,424,479
1971 6,886 4,868 1,386,374
1972 6,749 4,569 1,352,211
1973 6,702 4,544 1,330,747
1974 6,567 4,524 1,312,326
1975 6,554 4,514 1,302,164
1976 6,793 4,426 1,278,734
1977 6,596 4,377 1,256,849
1978 6,635 4,347 1,231,817
1979 6,607 4,324 1,231,061
1980 6,626 4,295 1,177,984
1981 6,608 4,296 1,173,135
1982 6,608 4,291 1,156,458
1983 6,668 4,608 1,145,918
1984 6,771 4,264 1,132,510
1985 6,793 4,214 1,116,326
1986 6,806 4,221 1,106,692
1987 6,802 4,195 1,086,668
1988 6,849 4,159 1,073,119
1989 6,897 4,113 1,052,271
1990 6,899 4,069 1,039,692
1991 6,912 4,031 1,022,926
1992 7,018 3,996 1,011,502
1993 7,081 3,961 958,017
1994 7,150 3,933 937,644
1995 7,115 4,036 929,725
1996 7,100 3,840 910,297
1997 7,266 3,818 879,436
1999 6,073 3,765 831,123
2000 7,022 3,781 820,286
2001 6,936 3,717 804,842
2002 7,049 3,691 786,334
2003 7,197 3,717 770,793
2004 7,220 3,737 744,397
2005 7,197 3,777 722,823
2006 6,983 3,774 698,686
2007 7,057 3,731 689,507
2008 7,103 3,714 679,563
2009 7,081 3,691 658,869

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]