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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
1953 1,425 1,591 160,000
1954 1,460 1,625 243,750
1955 1,547 1,688 251,062
1956 1,598 1,778 261,202
1959 1,735 1,980 330,265
1960 - 1,980 330,265
1961 1,800 1,450 174,000
1966 3,000 1,500 200,000
1968 3,000 1,650 275,000

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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