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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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +83 +66,214 5.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +4 +17,565 34.3%
Catholic Church Catholic -4 +12,813 9.3%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +1 +6,784 17.7%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant -5 +6,742 12.7%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 0 +5,736 223.4%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +5 +4,826 25.1%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +5 +3,141 18.2%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +1,098 80.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -8 +1,076 12.7%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology -1 +750 9.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant -3 +625 15.7%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant -2 +560 87.5%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +5 +488 0.4%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -1 +472 13.5%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +380 262.1%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +127 45.7%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant -5 +107 4.9%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -1 +73 9.1%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +65 42.5%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -1 +47 42.0%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +43 252.9%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 +30 10.9%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +25 6.9%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +15 29.4%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 0 0 0.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant -1 -38 -18.6%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +1 -63 -21.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +2 -90 -1.7%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 -130 -38.2%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -3 -133 -5.9%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant -3 -194 -40.5%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant -3 -195 -0.8%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -8 -433 -9.6%
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant -3 -457 -10.5%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -12 -562 -91.1%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -10 -608 -15.1%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +7 -653 -4.6%
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant -5 -751 -39.0%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant -10 -843 -93.3%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant -11 -1,025 -47.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -31 -1,304 -25.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant -7 -1,455 -8.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +1 -1,593 -19.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +3 -1,749 -13.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -13 -3,727 -9.7%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -56 -4,295 -1.3%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -16 -11,905 -64.9%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -15 -13,981 -65.6%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox -1 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +1 n.a. n.a.
  Totals: -119 +83,618 +3.6%

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 adherent totals for 1990 (2,867,460) represent 71.0% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,435,373) include 54.8% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 49 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 49 groups had 2,303,354 adherents in 1990 and 2,386,972 adherents in 2000, for a change of 3.6%

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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