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Denominational Groups, 2000

1,167,703 514,964 83,825 5,688,881 1,065,974 7,852,298
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant -3 -6,314 -6.1%
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 0 +1,875 232.9%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant -1 -8 -9.1%
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant +2 +20 7.8%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +53 +17,672 18.8%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 0 -262 -45.6%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +7 -2,730 -11.6%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -1 +225 28.6%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant -1 -83 -81.4%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +4 -181 -9.1%
Catholic Church Catholic +21 +1,457,146 34.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +5,450 51.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -3 -4,806 -20.6%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +6 +17,064 44.6%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +24 +33 0.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +9 -544 -6.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +11 +2,873 37.4%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -20 -23.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +9 +832 49.4%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology -13 -3,427 -1.4%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -6 -1,013 -38.3%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +13 -4,969 -11.1%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -2 -5,038 -12.8%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant -3 -1,372 -89.1%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +19 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant -3 -522 -7.6%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +3 2.7%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -3 -4,236 -5.5%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant -5 +3,974 18.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -17 -11,962 -13.6%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -2 -91 -46.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +5 +3,289 64.8%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -8 -1,741 -25.2%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -24 +71,450 91.0%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -11 +1,420 2.0%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +36 -11,953 -14.7%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +10 +960 22.3%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +70 +39,855 6.4%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +6 -7,234 -10.4%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant +9 +769 221.6%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant +6 +384 29.2%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant -8 +1,231 19.5%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant -2 -302 -46.7%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -5 -311 -4.7%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant -1 +89 12.4%
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 0 -12 -44.4%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,086 52.7%
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox -1 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox -2 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +3 -375 -10.5%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +4 -16,327 -14.5%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +6 +2,107 79.9%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant -2 -1,701 -5.5%
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 0 +35 125.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +15 +10,819 210.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +12 -11,191 -10.1%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +147 -5,198 -2.3%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 0 -2,100 -23.3%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -3 +96 2.2%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -5 -5,619 -23.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -8 -28,680 -23.9%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +13 +1,447 36.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 -805 -21.6%
  Totals: +392 +1,501,077 +22.4%

The population of these 5 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 14,531,529; in 2000 it was 16,373,645. The total population changed 12.7%. The adherent totals for 1990 (7,045,177) represent 48.5% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (8,521,347) include 52.0% of the 2000 population. The totals represent the change in groups that reported in both 1990 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 60 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 60 groups had 6,696,092 adherents in 1990 and 8,197,169 adherents in 2000, for a change of 22.4%

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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