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(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1925 575 651 59,650
1929 492 546 48,221
1933 - 557 51,681
1935 508 543 51,091
1937 - 536 51,998
1941 - 508 51,489
1943 - 483 48,665
1945 - 478 47,541
1947 - 443 46,183
1950 359 401 36,957
1951 458 401 63,975
1952 449 402 75,982
1953 457 404 73,194
1954 450 401 71,020
1955 446 386 40,977
1956 288 388 70,516
1958 288 334 68,949
1959 532 387 70,542

Notes

Year-by-Year

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]


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