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Shelby County, Tennessee

Denominational Groups, 2000

217,481 86,038 1,501 50,746 15,700 526,006
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 8 1,663 1.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 5 3,138 3.5
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 428 0.5
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 80 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 18 6,587 7.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 360 0.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 2 189 0.2
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 3 895 1.0
Buddhism Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 28 50,746 56.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 64 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 13 17,410 19.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 6 2,152 2.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 5 196 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 6 901 1.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 3 198 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 10 3,009 3.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 13 1,664 1.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 70 20,808 23.2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 142 0.2
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 12 2,043 2.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 10 4,122 4.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 120 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 6 1,677 1.9
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 8,670 9.7
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 82 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 993 1.1
Hindu Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 2,850 3.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 2,807 3.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 160 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 5 789 0.9
Jain Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 6 8,500 9.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 12 4,803 5.4
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 3 3,200 3.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 250 0.3
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 2 96 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 2 92 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 28 10,645 11.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 5 2,830 3.2
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 3 542 0.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 9 4,033 4.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 129 151,377 168.7
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 3 802 0.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 568 0.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 65 48,382 53.9
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 14 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 167 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 54 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 168 0.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 541 371,466  
Total (Adjusted)**:   634,713  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 826,330; in 2000 it was 897,472. The total population changed 8.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (371,466) include 41.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (634,713) include 70.7% 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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