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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
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +565 1027.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +34 +83,810 865.0%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,286 577.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +72 +17,214 250.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +4 +227 234.0%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +219 221.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +2 +285 201.0%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +10 +1,185 180.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +16 +233,498 166.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +43 +20,103 165.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +41 +6,387 162.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +61 +25,723 141.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +35 +80,130 138.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +7 +472 124.0%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +12 +1,362 101.0%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +2 +161 68.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +20 +2,723 67.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +52 +16,423 59.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +32 +13,758 59.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +7 +2,286 48.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +9 +3,069 45.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +57 +12,312 34.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +22 +17,777 33.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +6 +642 33.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +2 +112 30.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -8 +4,780 28.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +24 +9,053 26.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +275 +344,579 25.0%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 0 +30 20.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -85 +81,765 17.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -3 +14,973 16.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +3 +29 11.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +10 +41 0.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +6 -323 -3.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +4 -21 -4.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -7 -780 -22.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +6 -470 -22.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +9 -2,159 -39.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +4 +240 n.a.
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +99 n.a.
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +126 +6,588 n.a.
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant +31 +7,078 n.a.
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +24 +5,369 n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox +1 +60 n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 +245 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +8 +631 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +3 +257 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +8 +4,302 n.a.
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +120 +12,126 n.a.
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +1 +145 n.a.
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant +2 +55 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +34 +40,003 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +30 +47,530 n.a.
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +3 +1,418 n.a.
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +48 n.a.
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant +1 +90 n.a.
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant +20 +2,772 n.a.
  Totals: +1,209 +1,122,282 +45.7%

The population of these 159 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 5,463,105; in 2000 it was 8,186,453. The total population changed 26.4%. The adherent totals for 1980 (2,467,653) represent 45.2% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (3,665,550) include 44.8% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 57 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 57 groups had 2,456,286 adherents in 1980 and 3,578,568 adherents in 2000, for a change of 45.7%

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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