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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents % Change
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +3 +209 14.6%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant -2 -167 -72.9%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -29 -6.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -1 -2,918 -4.2%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 -5 -1.8%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +2 1.2%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 0 0.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 +8 6.6%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +41 128.1%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 0 -21 -5.6%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +125 52.1%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +3 +4,419 42.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 +259 5.6%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -1 -615 -42.1%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -51 -36.4%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 0 -8 -7.2%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 -56 -43.1%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 0 -127 -26.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 0 -298 -11.1%
  Totals: +2 +768 +.8%

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 adherent totals for 1990 (93,204) represent 78.5% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (95,349) include 71.6% of the 2000 population. The totals represent the change in groups that reported in both 1990 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 19 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 19 groups had 92,895 adherents in 1990 and 93,663 adherents in 2000, for a change of .8%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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