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Kentucky

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,361,067 354,615 2,110 406,021 35,728 1,882,228
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
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 0 -19 -61.3%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +1 +2,075 226.0%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 0 +15 125.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +21 +2,114 7.6%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -61 -45.9%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 +77 187.8%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +271 79.2%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant -1 +31 83.8%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant -1 +23 8.5%
Catholic Church Catholic -24 +40,751 11.2%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +347 19.2%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -23 +813 1.2%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +50 +16,118 17.8%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +13 -240 -2.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +22 +9,438 39.1%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +1 +181 317.5%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -12 -126 -2.5%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +14 +4,380 32.2%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -1 -100 -23.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -13 -2,451 -11.1%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -3 -173 -0.3%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -15 -1,519 -12.3%
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant +1 -349 -9.7%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 0 -312 -1.6%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +603 167.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 -898 -8.6%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -1 +17 23.3%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +1 +219 25.9%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 0 +51 30.4%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +1,150 50.0%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -3 +968 10.3%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +5 +689 412.6%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant -3 +600 93.6%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +8 +408 381.3%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +1 -3,460 -23.4%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +862 15.3%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -12 -612 -85.4%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +18 14.8%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +4 +3,971 24.1%
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant +26 +5,965 158.2%
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +19 +622 37.7%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +2 +129 8.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -13 -7,076 -16.1%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +3 +277 50.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -70 -19.1%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +1,517 79.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +6 -496 -7.8%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +158 +17,049 1.8%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +1 +110 11.3%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -3 -3,221 -26.9%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -69 -18,423 -8.1%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +1,166 39.6%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 +181 146.0%
  Totals: +172 +73,600 +3.6%

The population of these 120 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 3,685,296; in 2000 it was 4,041,769. The total population changed 9.7%. The adherent totals for 1990 (2,227,747) represent 60.4% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,159,541) include 53.4% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 53 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 53 groups had 2,054,250 adherents in 1990 and 2,127,850 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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