Independent Fundamental Churches of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

Independent Fundamental Churches of America is one of the oldest and largest of the fundamental church groups. In 1922 R. Lee Kirkland organized the American Conference of Undenominational Churches, which changed its name to Independent Fundamental Churches of America in 1930. It is commonly referred to as IFCA International.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1943 - 435 50,000
1944 - 600 60,000
1946 - 650 65,000
1956 1,200 400 -
1957 1,250 350 65,000
1959 1,100 400 90,000
1960 - 754 90,040
1963 950 457 56,456
1964 1,031 834 103,617
1965 1,070 852 106,572
1966 1,185 864 101,435
1968 1,166 921 121,485
1969 901 900 122,388
1970 1,197 901 111,611
1971 1,231 904 139,932
1972 1,264 598 77,794
1975 1,252 614 87,582
1978 1,252 614 87,582
1980 1,366 1,019 120,446
1990 1,516 705 73,809
1991 1,510 700 78,174
1992 1,369 708 71,672
1994 1,274 670 69,857
1995 - 670 69,857
1998 - 659 61,655
1999 - 659 61,655

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]