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Lawrence County, Missouri

Denominational Groups, 2000

13,793 3,290   2,073 598 15,450
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 5 701 19.9
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 3 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 4 2,073 58.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 4 698 19.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 674 19.2
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 1 51 1.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 2 595 16.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 5 176 5.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 545 15.5
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 18 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 114 3.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 3 49 1.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 66 1.9
Fundamental Methodist Conference, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 106 3.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 650 18.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 1,211 34.4
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 3 210 6.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 3 452 12.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 26 9,182 260.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 119 3.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 12 2,021 57.4
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 90 19,754  
Total (Adjusted)**:   21,770  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 30,236; in 2000 it was 35,204. The total population changed 16.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (19,754) include 56.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (21,770) include 61.8% 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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