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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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3,148 1,380,121 310.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,416 327,734 73.7
Catholic Church Catholic 168 150,647 33.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 895 119,049 26.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 386 68,766 15.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 367 59,970 13.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 118 45,041 10.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 158 34,551 7.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 108 24,020 5.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 165 23,716 5.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 69 20,397 4.6
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 113 16,984 3.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 80 16,792 3.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 123 13,635 3.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 63 11,488 2.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 56 9,572 2.2
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 18 9,100 2.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 8,304 1.9
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 20 7,670 1.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 7,319 1.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 61 6,590 1.5
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 6,430 1.5
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 36 6,286 1.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 24 5,346 1.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 42 4,601 1.0
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 29 4,324 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 68 4,082 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 30 3,972 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 88 3,908 0.9
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 26 3,896 0.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 23 3,412 0.8
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 4 2,796 0.6
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 10 2,442 0.6
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 15 2,468 0.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 12 2,312 0.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 17 2,106 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 17 2,083 0.5
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 13 1,902 0.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 9 1,423 0.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 6 1,200 0.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 19 1,150 0.3
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 7 1,175 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 9 879 0.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 14 587 0.1
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 6 530 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 525 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 6 444 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 8 388 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 405 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 5 305 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 5 285 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 273 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 210 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 230 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 204 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 218 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 169 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 2 159 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 5 166 0.0
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 3 154 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 61 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 61 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 66 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 55 0.0
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 2 50 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 0 0.0
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 4 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 7 n.a. n.a.
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 20 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 147 n.a. n.a.
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 8,343 2,435,373  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,307,454  
The population of these 67 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,040,587; in 2000 it was 4,447,100. The total population changed 10.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,435,373) include 54.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,307,454) include 74.4% 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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