American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.

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Denominational Profile

History

American Baptist Convention

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

 

The America Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. continue the oldest organization of Baptists in the United States. Having existed under various names, the present name was adopted in 1972.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1971 8,222 6,035 1,562,636
1972 7,599 6,029 1,484,393
1973 7,632 6,020 1,502,759
1974 8,564 6,005 1,579,029
1975 8,416 5,990 1,603,033
1976 8,566 5,937 1,593,574
1977 7,087 5,815 1,316,760
1978 7,299 5,897 1,271,688
1979 8,600 5,814 1,600,521
1980 6,843 5,817 1,607,541
1981 6,951 5,939 1,621,795
1982 6,780 5,851 1,637,099
1984 7,350 5,745 1,620,153
1985 7,822 5,814 1,559,683
1986 7,678 5,864 1,576,483
1987 7,872 5,833 1,568,778
1988 8,276 5,839 1,549,563
1989 8,242 5,833 1,548,573
1990 8,356 5,808 1,535,971
1991 8,421 5,862 1,527,840
1992 7,515 5,875 1,534,078
1993 7,545 5,796 1,516,505
1994 7,670 5,686 1,507,934
1995 8,381 5,823 1,517,400
1996 7,929 5,807 1,503,267
1997 7,846 5,830 -
1998 7,846 3,800 1,507,400
1999 9,049 5,775 1,454,388
2000 8,922 5,756 1,436,909
2001 8,856 5,786 1,442,824
2002 8,582 5,836 1,484,291
2003 8,577 5,834 1,433,075
2004 8,582 5,793 1,424,840
2005 7,524 5,740 1,396,700
2006 6,947 5,659 1,371,278
2007 7,042 5,558 1,358,351
2008 6,308 5,469 1,331,127
2009 6,041 5,402 1,310,505

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]