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Massachusetts

Denominational Groups, 2000

150,505 385,088 78,663 3,092,296 361,304 2,281,241
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
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant -17 -13,440 -20.3%
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 0 -12,926 -77.6%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +35 +4,642 23.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +7 +1,229 27.8%
Catholic Church Catholic -50 +130,937 4.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant -3 +801 22.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -1 +6 3.9%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -1 +9 2.7%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +204 14.9%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -1 +2,928 279.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +19 +1,521 56.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -2 +549 123.6%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +14 +5,303 47.8%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +17 +3,658 51.9%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -2 -4,114 -62.1%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant -7 -1,235 -30.9%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant -2 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +13 +1,427 26.8%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -3 -23,227 -19.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +906 133.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 +91 0.3%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +4 +163 32.3%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -4 -720 -30.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -6 -2,989 -25.5%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +10 +3,634 350.8%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology -3 -8,920 -3.1%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 +403 5.7%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 0 +90 32.5%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 0 -4,034 -40.6%
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox -2 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -1 -155 -2.8%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +5 +506 267.7%
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant -1 -226 -34.8%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -62 -37.3%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +5,500 210.8%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +14 +2,084 16.2%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +27 +889 8.9%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 0 -800 -57.1%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -12 -9,953 -27.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -14 -14,157 -10.4%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -9 -7,830 -10.9%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 0 -61 -26.3%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +156 121.9%
  Totals: +37 +62,787 +1.6%

The population of these 14 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,016,425; in 2000 it was 6,349,097. The total population changed 5.5%. The adherent totals for 1990 (3,942,101) represent 65.5% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (4,067,856) include 64.1% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 41 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 41 groups had 3,857,989 adherents in 1990 and 3,920,776 adherents in 2000, for a change of 1.6%

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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