Reformed Church in the United States

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Denominational Profile

History

(German) Reformed Church in the United States

split into  Reformed Church in the United States (1934)

 

In 1934, the majority of the Reformed church in the United States (formed in the 1720s) merged with the Evangelical Synod to form the Evangelical and reformed church (now a constituent part of the United Church of Christ). At that time, the Eureka Classis (based in South Dakota) refused to join the merger and continued as the Reformed Church in the United States and laid claim to the history of that body from the eighteenth century. The Church is a member of the International Conference of Reformed Churches.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1961 15 21 3,467
1962 15 21 3,431
1963 16 20 2,519
1964 15 20 3,487
1965 18 20 2,554
1967 19 20 3,423
1969 23 23 3,853
1971 25 25 4,038
1973 21 24 4,008
1974 22 24 3,940
1975 26 26 3,960
1976 25 26 3,861
1977 31 26 3,790
1980 27 29 3,660
1982 32 30 3,710
1984 33 33 3,807
1985 34 34 3,778
1992 36 37 4,178
1993 38 37 4,204
1994 40 36 4,172
1995 39 41 4,250
1997 42 38 4,246
1998 42 40 4,257
2002 50 48 4,369

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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