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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 +1 +125 n.a.
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant -12 -23,033 -30.0%
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 0 +2,104 130.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +62 +10,864 78.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,237 28.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -39 +51,861 2.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +12 +2,366 114.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -2 -315 -66.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -8 +220 177.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +1 +310 24.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 +3,429 628.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +26 +2,711 178.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +11 +993 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +26 +9,778 148.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +20 +2,868 37.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -6 0 0.0%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +10 +2,761 n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +43 +6,852 n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +20 +816 14.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +5 -42,097 -30.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +334 9.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +7 +1,010 175.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 -2,142 -7.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +7 +76 13.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +11 -475 -22.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +38 +42,945 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +11 +8,750 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +24 +4,631 11874.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +119 +234,725 583.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -3 -370 -5.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +4 -6,261 -52.0%
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox +5 +3,550 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +7 +1,232 n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +390 227.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 0 -894 -14.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +8 +695 n.a.
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 0 -640 -60.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 +104 n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +1 -2,944 -27.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +31 +6,590 79.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +58 +8,002 279.0%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox +1 -1,199 -67.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -20 -3,458 -12.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -28 -27,913 -19.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -19 -11,625 -15.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 0 -143 -72.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +171 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +168 145.0%
  Totals: +449 +289,159 +7.8%

The population of these 14 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 5,737,037; in 2000 it was 6,349,097. The total population changed 5.5%. The adherent totals for 1980 (3,704,625) represent 64.6% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (4,067,856) include 64.1% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 48 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 48 groups had 3,690,481 adherents in 1980 and 3,979,640 adherents in 2000, for a change of 7.8%

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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