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