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Berrien County, Michigan

Denominational Groups, 2000

36,279 13,511 120 25,366 904 86,273
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic 12 25,366 156.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 10 8,960 55.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 17 8,937 55.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 24 5,175 31.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 6 4,176 25.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 13 3,119 19.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 5 1,842 11.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 5 1,736 10.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 7 1,521 9.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 5 1,503 9.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 1,430 8.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 7 1,387 8.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 1,038 6.4
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 831 5.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 714 4.4
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 2 676 4.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 5 669 4.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 4 667 4.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 600 3.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 2 557 3.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 549 3.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 492 3.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 397 2.4
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 360 2.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 3 351 2.2
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 340 2.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 3 305 1.9
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 3 266 1.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 3 250 1.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 240 1.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 237 1.5
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 206 1.3
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 3 186 1.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 1 177 1.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 154 1.0
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 143 0.9
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 120 0.7
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 119 0.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 2 90 0.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 89 0.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 67 0.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 65 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 42 0.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 31 0.2
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 186 76,180  
Total (Adjusted)**:   94,896  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 161,378; in 2000 it was 162,453. The total population changed 0.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (76,180) include 46.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (94,896) include 58.4% of the population.

Source

*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. www.glenmary.org [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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