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Denominational Profile

History

Northern Baptist Convention

renamed toAmerican Baptist Convention (1950)

renamed toAmerican Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. (1972)

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches 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

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]