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Arkansas

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,153,527 236,596 606 115,967 20,263 1,146,441
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 Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 0 +105 184.2%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +6 +11,749 21.2%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -156 -34.5%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -6 +9,123 11.7%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 0 +29 55.8%
Catholic Church Catholic -4 +43,015 59.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant -3 -188 -41.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -16 +702 6.5%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +2 +868 10.2%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -1 -334 -18.8%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +2 +1,931 26.1%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +1 0.5%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +206 147.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -9 -268 -18.2%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +9 +4,470 42.8%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 -18 -24.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 0 +1,716 11.1%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -6 -160 -0.2%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant -3 +20 5.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -2 -1,084 -21.3%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -1 +111 0.8%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant -2 +265 68.8%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +3 +724 14.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant -2 -14 -28.6%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -1 -37 -39.4%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox -1 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +2 +13,309 644.5%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -9 -6,865 -59.1%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 0 +776 154.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +269 53.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology -2 -789 -33.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 -66 -0.5%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 0 -10 -10.3%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -7 -261 -72.3%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,031 4.1%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,420 16.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -9 -3,602 -12.4%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant -2 -139 -14.7%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +1,112 106.8%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +276 4.3%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +82 +47,783 7.7%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 -16 -2.7%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 0 -93 -38.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -41 -18,019 -9.1%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant -1 -17 -6.2%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +243 73.2%
  Totals: +6 +109,118 +8.4%

The population of these 75 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 2,350,725; in 2000 it was 2,673,400. The total population changed 13.7%. The adherent totals for 1990 (1,425,192) represent 60.6% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (1,526,959) include 57.1% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 45 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 45 groups had 1,294,720 adherents in 1990 and 1,403,838 adherents in 2000, for a change of 8.4%

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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