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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 +1 +12 n.a.
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +14 +5,023 372.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +5 +2,993 n.a.
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant +1 +27 n.a.
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +36 +9,695 48.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -30 -29.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +118 n.a.
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +6 +453 283.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant -1 -58 -46.0%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -71 -20.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -8 +40,744 11.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +887 70.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -74 -9,076 -12.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -60 +25,094 31.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +11 -15,982 -58.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +59 +17,182 105.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +2 +238 n.a.
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +81 +4,901 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +30 +8,407 88.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0 -38 -10.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -10 -3,362 -15.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +21 -841 -1.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +200 n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -19 -2,524 -19.0%
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant +36 +3,241 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +4 -995 -5.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +751 354.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +5 -639 -6.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +90 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +3 -795 -43.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 0 +47 27.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +2 +522 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +6 +3,450 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +14 +10,359 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +7 +784 1089.0%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant +7 +1,241 n.a.
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +7 +379 279.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +4 +7,725 213.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +7 +1,173 22.0%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +25 22.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +133 +20,441 n.a.
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant +42 +9,735 n.a.
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +27 +1,482 188.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +19 +1,746 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -219 -13,446 -27.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +5 +536 182.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -139 -32.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +956 39.0%
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant +4 -61 -1.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +10 +673 13.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +230 +91,796 10.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +2 +328 44.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -2 -5,528 -39.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -118 -27,081 -12.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +3 +110 82.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +45 +4,112 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +3 +235 336.0%
  Totals: +399 +197,245 +10.1%

The population of these 120 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 3,660,777; in 2000 it was 4,041,769. The total population changed 9.7%. The adherent totals for 1980 (1,963,149) represent 53.6% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,159,541) include 53.4% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 57 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 57 groups had 1,944,606 adherents in 1980 and 2,141,851 adherents in 2000, for a change of 10.1%

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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