Sovereign Grace Believers

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Sovereign Grace Believers movement began in the mid-1950s, when some pastors in traditional Baptist churches returned to a Calvinist theological perspective. It has no central administration, but congregations possess a strong sense of doctrinal unity.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1981 275 275 2,600
1982 275 275 2,600
1983 350 250 7,500
1986 325 250 2,000
1987 320 300 3,000
1988 275 275 2,600
1990 450 275 3,000
1992 400 300 3,000
1996 400 300 3,000
1997 400 300 3,000
1998 400 300 3,000
2000 450 350 4,000
2001 450 350 4,000
2002 450 350 4,000

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]