North American Baptist Conference

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The North American Baptist Conference was founded in 1843 as a German-American Baptist Fellowship.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1950 250 270 41,560
1951 324 270 42,561
1952 348 274 44,019
1953 356 274 45,121
1954 303 282 45,920
1955 426 288 47,319
1956 418 294 48,224
1957 415 293 49,269
1958 397 290 50,010
1959 400 292 50,455
1960 423 300 50,646
1961 426 312 51,611
1962 421 317 52,073
1963 419 325 52,625
1964 414 327 53,346
1965 426 329 53,711
1966 419 332 53,742
1968 422 337 54,358
1969 466 339 55,100
1970 445 347 55,080
1971 441 343 54,997
1972 423 341 54,441
1973 318 247 41,563
1974 324 245 41,437
1975 348 252 42,122
1976 361 250 42,277
1977 348 255 42,724
1978 353 253 42,499
1979 350 254 42,779
1980 369 258 43,041
1981 365 260 43,146
1982 357 260 42,735
1983 354 260 43,286
1984 294 260 43,215
1985 294 258 42,863
1986 381 253 42,084
1987 413 253 42,150
1988 445 259 42,629
1989 433 276 42,629
1990 341 279 44,493
1992 434 289 43,446
1993 469 267 43,045
1994 451 263 43,236
1995 450 263 43,928
1997 422 268 43,850
1999 447 271 45,738
2000 440 270 47,097
2001 427 276 49,017
2002 421 270 47,692
2005 405 268 46,657
2006 418 272 47,150

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]