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Alabama

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,804,961 437,296 3,000 150,647 39,469 2,011,727
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 225 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 308 160,167 39.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 2,568 0.6
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 372 53,228 13.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 7 363 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 17 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 20 2,239 0.6
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 398,793 98.7
Catholic Church Catholic 172 137,834 34.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 30 2,175 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 8 350 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 64 8,496 2.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 31 3,500 0.9
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 12 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 76 4,515 1.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 382 51,201 12.7
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 4 108 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 278 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 119 5,212 1.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 64 17,256 4.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 275 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 116 14,288 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 890 118,561 29.3
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 5 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 11 904 0.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 60 8,183 2.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 29 4,353 1.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 117 38,257 9.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 145 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 22 5,436 1.4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 2 156 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 153 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 6 204 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 112 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 5 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 30 18,335 4.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 29 21,300 5.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 8 640 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 45 3,976 1.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 12 1,926 0.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 19 8,350 2.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 60 13,237 3.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 13 617 0.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 4 293 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 168 23,911 5.9
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant 1 155 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 8 479 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 171 38,278 9.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 103 19,194 4.8
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 112 3,986 1.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 95 0.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 16 1,370 0.3
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 2 66 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 87 18,247 4.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3,065 1,313,907 325.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 10 806 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 33 4,020 1.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,472 332,029 82.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 17 2,205 0.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 340 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 8,447 2,867,460  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,040,587. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,867,460) include 71.0% of the total population in 1990.

Source

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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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.