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Stearns County, Minnesota

Denominational Groups, 2000

9,868 18,775   66,563 143 37,817
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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 7 1,642 12.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 62 0.5
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 69 0.5
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 458 3.4
Catholic Church Catholic 50 66,563 499.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 266 2.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 166 1.3
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 18 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 130 1.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 278 2.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 73 0.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 3 356 2.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 316 2.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 365 2.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 15 14,821 111.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 147 1.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 600 4.5
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 52 0.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 11 4,879 36.6
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 194 1.5
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 2 847 6.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 89 0.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1 103 0.8
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 74 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 362 2.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 7 2,389 17.9
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 120 95,349  
Total (Adjusted)**:   105,473  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 118,791; in 2000 it was 133,166. The total population changed 12.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (95,349) include 71.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (105,473) include 79.2% 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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