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Delaware

Denominational Groups, 2000

40,408 101,090 3,080 151,740 21,804 465,478
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 0 +26 52.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +4 +1,953 55.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +1 +2,286 150.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +340 56.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 0 -33 -52.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +1 +48,680 47.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +237 37.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 0 -211 -88.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +338 39.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +2 -362 -52.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +8 +2,237 132.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +9 +516 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +4 +1,398 103.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 +72 29.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +3 -123 -6.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +1 0.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 -208 -68.0%
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +172 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -3 -5,703 -30.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +715 n.a.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +3 -1,191 -15.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -2 -136 -15.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 +2,076 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +2,000 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +1 +29 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +4 +12,061 838.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 +283 14.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +2 +245 n.a.
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +2 -350 -36.0%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +1 +456 n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +62 26.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -1 -2,077 -12.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +4 +2,108 115.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +2 -450 -47.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,089 78.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +10 +2,031 48.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +2 +497 45.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant +1 +120 19.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -8 -1,018 -2.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +17 +2,928 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 +145 169.0%
  Totals: +82 +73,239 +30.8%

The population of these 3 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 594,338; in 2000 it was 783,600. The total population changed 17.6%. The adherent totals for 1980 (238,492) represent 40.1% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (318,122) include 40.6% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 41 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 41 groups had 237,765 adherents in 1980 and 311,004 adherents in 2000, for a change of 30.8%

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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