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Maryland

Denominational Groups, 2000

409,460 604,648 22,236 952,389 303,163 3,004,590
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 0 n.a.
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +18 +7,642 20.5%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox +1 +279 206.7%
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 0 -11 -24.4%
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 0 -3,076 -76.9%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +9 +2,282 10.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 -245 -21.1%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +9 31.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +4 +6,095 17926.5%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant -2 -39 -37.5%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 0 -268 -32.5%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +187 68.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +13 +119,626 14.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant -4 +13 0.4%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant +1 +826 11.5%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 +1,862 31.5%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +12 6.7%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 +475 20.3%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +24 +10,356 48.5%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -3 +345 32.5%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +29 +4,377 20.4%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -2 -750 -6.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +7 +997 13.2%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,259 17.5%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant -1 -538 -30.6%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -17 -31.5%
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +52 55.9%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -4 -1,653 -2.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +1,260 254.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -4 -2,544 -2.4%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +1,021 41.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +171 24.6%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -4 -499 -18.4%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -3 +3,827 32.6%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 0 +8,059 44.7%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +2 +896 78.2%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 +12 16.4%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,559 195.4%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +8 +5,035 2.4%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 -3,849 -12.3%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -21 -1,836 -48.4%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 0 -1 -4.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 0 -7 -0.8%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -1 -71 -37.6%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +1 +8 1.6%
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -480 -53.3%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +1 -249 -41.5%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +2 -2,117 -4.6%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +9 +3,403 33.6%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +2,704 235.1%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +25 +5,792 23.5%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +100 +10,774 8.2%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 0 -220 -44.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +2 -187 -3.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -5 -4,207 -18.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -52 -12,279 -4.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +9 +10,073 177.3%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 +169 36.1%
  Totals: +188 +176,314 +8.7%

The population of these 24 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,781,468; in 2000 it was 5,296,486. The total population changed 10.8%. The adherent totals for 1990 (2,311,614) represent 48.3% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,291,896) include 43.3% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 58 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 58 groups had 2,027,291 adherents in 1990 and 2,203,605 adherents in 2000, for a change of 8.7%

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 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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