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(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1947 - 300 15,500
1950 1,000 1,500 20,000
1952 600 700 5,000
1953 900 500 -
1955 682 800 18,000
1957 2,650 750 80,310
1958 2,140 690 70,079
1959 2,250 700 71,089
1960 2,000 670 66,740
1961 1,900 600 65,763
1962 1,760 510 57,700
1964 1,270 400 42,690
1965 1,200 420 43,500
1967 1,200 420 45,000
1969 1,280 430 48,500
1970 1,315 433 50,080
1971 1,370 498 55,090
1972 1,375 475 54,307

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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