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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
1950 6,200 6,768 1,561,073
1951 6,500 6,706 1,554,304
1952 6,000 6,531 1,557,816
1953 7,000 6,495 1,505,871
1955 8,000 6,490 1,513,697
1956 6,351 6,372 1,528,210
1957 8,274 6,362 1,555,360
1959 6,868 6,262 1,543,198
1960 8,580 6,272 1,521,052
1961 8,600 6,283 1,544,505
1962 7,808 6,276 1,559,103
1963 8,250 6,276 1,559,103
1964 8,103 6,119 1,495,326
1966 8,100 6,063 1,538,988
1967 7,352 5,968 1,454,965
1970 6,307 6,090 1,472,478

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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