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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 % Change
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +2,635 72.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +2 +8,304 n.a.
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant +1 +90 n.a.
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +23 +11,415 24.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +39 11.0%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +60 n.a.
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -1 -1,264 -38.0%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +43 187.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -1 +44,524 42.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant -3 -1,770 -61.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -10 -58 -1.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +2 -95 -2.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -10 -6,595 -62.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +16 +34,860 103.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +232 134.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +88 +3,908 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +27 +9,555 88.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 +36 13.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +14 +1,280 10.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +20 +5,130 4.0%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +1 +61 n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 -76 -84.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -1,284 -16.0%
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant +26 +3,896 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +4 +10,461 30.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +138 102.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +525 n.a.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +8 +657 14.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +218 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +2 +10 6.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +1 +134 536.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +4 +2,796 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +14 +6,430 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +14 +7,319 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 0 +999 497.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant -9 +453 11.0%
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant +7 +1,175 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +2 +4,172 85.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +9 -1,960 -15.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +2 -21 -8.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +165 +23,716 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +3 +204 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +5 +285 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -28 -8,865 -20.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +27 +10,711 80.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 -1,211 -33.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +17 +4,739 39.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +143 +198,103 17.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 +182 26.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -10 -310 -8.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -108 -17,056 -5.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +6 +399 887.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +12 +2,312 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 -38 -15.0%
  Totals: 501 +361,603 +17.8%

The population of these 67 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 3,893,888; in 2000 it was 4,447,100. The total population changed 10.1%. The adherent totals for 1980 (2,176,030) represent 55.9% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,435,373) include 54.8% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 54 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 54 groups had 2,035,332 adherents in 1980 and 2,396,935 adherents in 2000, for a change of 17.8%

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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