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Georgia

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,273,901 824,493 7,873 374,185 185,098 4,520,903
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 +2 -88 -0.8%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +9 +12,496 39.1%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 -478 -22.3%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +53 15.3%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +47 90.4%
Catholic Church Catholic +11 +163,975 78.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +12 +1,556 29.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -2 +8,089 57.4%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +25 +5,846 15.1%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +1 +33 15.9%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 +560 19.8%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +27 +41,950 43.6%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +2 +109 34.3%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -27 -582 -8.1%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +26 +11,317 34.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +3 +327 2.6%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +1,183 2.5%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 0 +16 12.4%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +67 15.3%
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant -1 -61 -40.4%
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -39 -44.8%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +2 +9,212 14.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +220 55.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +10 +4,649 14.3%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -2 -182 -11.4%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +337 224.7%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -5 -56 -14.7%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -2 +14,265 42.9%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -16 +3,182 8.6%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +10 +605 48.8%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant -1 -71 -56.3%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +32 +5,137 99.2%
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant -8 -2,073 -22.7%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +14 +20,753 28.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +5 +890 9.9%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -4 -232 -59.9%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 0 -12 -6.3%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +3 +129 75.9%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +2 -67 -0.5%
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant -1 -223 -7.4%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant -3 -160 -20.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +2 +4,500 4.4%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +31 +9,269 62.5%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -4 -1.6%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +4,000 130.1%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +9 +4,094 14.5%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +192 +136,964 8.7%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +2 -197 -7.1%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -5 -803 -22.5%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -45 +40,598 7.7%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant -3 +3,474 183.3%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 +555 58.2%
  Totals: +322 +505,129 +16.5%

The population of these 159 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,478,216; in 2000 it was 8,186,453. The total population changed 26.4%. The adherent totals for 1990 (3,730,757) represent 57.6% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (3,665,550) include 44.8% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 52 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 52 groups had 3,065,093 adherents in 1990 and 3,570,222 adherents in 2000, for a change of 16.5%

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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