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McPherson County, Kansas

Denominational Groups, 2000

8,673 9,116   900 118 10,747
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 7 3,124 105.7
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 9 2,925 99.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 8 2,661 90.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 3 1,373 46.5
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 4 1,300 44.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 1,128 38.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 970 32.8
Catholic Church Catholic 2 900 30.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 677 22.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 632 21.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 434 14.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 2 398 13.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1 377 12.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 371 12.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 307 10.4
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 1 294 10.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 198 6.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 175 5.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 156 5.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 133 4.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 109 3.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 67 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 50 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 39 1.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 9 0.3
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 64 18,807  
Total (Adjusted)**:   20,795  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 27,268; in 2000 it was 29,554. The total population changed 8.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (18,807) include 63.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (20,795) include 70.4% of the population.


*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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