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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
Catholic Church Catholic +54 +3,090,053 119.0%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant -5 -2,590 -48.0%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant +1 +80 n.a.
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant +1 +125 82.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +183 +45,498 69.0%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +312 n.a.
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +18 -1,727 -8.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 -243 -19.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant +1 +19 n.a.
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +7 +955 112.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +52 +12,206 313.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +8 +23,285 73.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +47 +4,482 55.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +13 -7,746 -48.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +17 +5,719 118.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -32 -32.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +44 +2,515 n.a.
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -1 -1,220 -43.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +33 +1,335 4.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +8 -1,017 -3.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +11 +4,678 23.0%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +1,846 41.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +22 24.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +4,880 120.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +29 +18,133 249.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +107 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +15 -2,736 -25.0%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +40 +149,950 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +48 +72,015 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +169 +5,460 8.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +13 +4,017 323.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +19 -8,151 -12.0%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant +13 +975 692.0%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +4,554 153.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +13 +809 n.a.
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant +1 +15 n.a.
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +13 +926 42.0%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +7 +164 16.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +49 +3,204 n.a.
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +21 +3,749 377.0%
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 0 +97 66.0%
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant +1 +63 n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +21 +6,231 64.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +46 +23,218 30.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +212 +55,811 33.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +37 +5,383 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +365 14.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +59 -7,992 -8.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -8 -10,305 -36.0%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +1 +167 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -4 -1,436 -2.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -18 -26,399 -26.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +5 -1,716 -25.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant -2 -567 -62.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -4 -8,069 -56.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +42 -24,373 -20.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +4 +2,817 11.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -4 -7,039 -27.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant +6 -47,591 -34.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 0 -3,190 -76.0%
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox +2 +2,680 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +15 +12,021 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox +4 +2,291 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +5 +2,003 n.a.
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox +2 +875 14.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +180 +47,233 25.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +177 +615,267 1304.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -7 -342 -7.0%
  Totals: +1,725 +4,074,129 +97.5%

The population of these 5 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 11,497,568; in 2000 it was 16,373,645. The total population changed 12.7%. The adherent totals for 1980 (4,194,636) represent 36.5% of the 1980 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 1980 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 68 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 68 groups had 4,176,647 adherents in 1980 and 8,250,776 adherents in 2000, for a change of 97.5%

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 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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