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Trends -- Click on a point to see data

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1962 6,568 5,834 3,080,272
1963 6,923 6,199 3,227,157
1964 7,131 5,218 3,131,062
1965 6,966 5,857 3,142,752
1966 7,016 5,860 -
1967 7,107 5,868 3,157,543
1968 7,197 5,852 3,279,517
1969 7,295 5,844 3,135,684
1970 7,328 5,812 3,106,844
1971 7,377 5,797 3,069,679
1972 7,450 5,788 3,034,366
1973 7,540 5,767 3,017,778
1974 7,579 5,733 2,986,970
1975 7,677 5,760 2,986,078
1976 7,695 5,771 2,974,749
1977 7,777 5,770 2,967,168
1978 7,822 5,778 2,942,002
1979 7,944 5,788 2,921,090
1980 8,257 5,800 2,923,260
1981 8,145 5,801 2,921,829
1982 8,216 5,815 2,925,655
1983 8,324 5,815 2,925,008
1984 8,407 5,815 2,910,281
1985 8,484 5,817 2,898,202
1986 8,586 5,832 2,896,138

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. 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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