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Louisiana

Denominational Groups, 2000

962,475 231,710 2,369 1,382,603 47,871 1,841,948
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 +8 -1,866 -12.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +4 +1,547 138.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +52 +19,128 64.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -14 -1,899 -18.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +36 +78,519 6.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +272 373.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -1 -371 -7.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -1 -221 -7.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -5 -5,705 -59.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant -10 +2,848 50.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -11 -4.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +105 38.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +24 +832 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +20 +4,833 43.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 +99 83.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -11 -1,374 -24.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +5 +3,147 14.0%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +12 n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -387 -62.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +7 -4,880 -13.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +375 n.a.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +2 +177 3.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +531 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant -2 -1,050 -68.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 0 -9 -19.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +4 +1,422 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +9 +23,625 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +9 +5,071 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +5 +398 144.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +11 +3,642 2365.0%
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant +32 +4,297 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +1 +7,731 88.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -1 -5,638 -28.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +4 +84 n.a.
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +42 49.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +5 +191 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -17 -10,847 -34.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +7 +954 60.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +502 21.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +8 +2,494 32.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +119 +116,341 18.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 +105 12.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -1 -811 -23.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -43 -9,175 -5.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +1 +9 8.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +770 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +111 40.0%
  Totals: +285 +235,970 +9.9%

The population of these 64 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 4,205,900; in 2000 it was 4,468,976. The total population changed 5.9%. The adherent totals for 1980 (2,382,252) represent 56.6% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,627,028) include 58.8% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 47 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 47 groups had 2,371,578 adherents in 1980 and 2,607,548 adherents in 2000, for a change of 9.9%

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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