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Minnesota

Denominational Groups, 2000

549,482 1,134,176 9,837 1,260,660 81,093 1,884,231
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 Adherence Rate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 1,183 853,448 173.5
Catholic Church Catholic 730 1,260,660 256.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 453 203,863 41.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 414 117,990 24.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 212 56,028 11.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 190 56,579 11.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 153 53,867 11.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 150 46,577 9.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 146 44,175 9.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 136 28,873 5.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 121 30,547 6.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 101 22,515 4.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 88 18,946 3.9
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 84 12,542 2.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 69 6,894 1.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 68 20,122 4.1
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 67 9,446 1.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 56 7,523 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 45 5,458 1.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 43 4,442 0.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 42 2,975 0.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 38 5,090 1.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 35 11,643 2.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 31 9,675 2.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 26 3,127 0.6
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 25 42,000 8.5
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 24 7,836 1.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 23 4,956 1.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 23 8,141 1.7
Bahá'í Other Theology 19 1,710 0.4
Buddhism Other Theology 17 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 16 1,754 0.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 16 1,402 0.3
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 16 5,296 1.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 15 1,682 0.3
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 13 844 0.2
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 12 860 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 11 2,537 0.5
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 11 12,305 2.5
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 11 1,393 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 10 558 0.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 12,980 2.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 8,225 1.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 10 440 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 9 595 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 9 6,575 1.3
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 9 900 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 7 307 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 7 1,616 0.3
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 7 1,350 0.3
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 6 398 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 6 434 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 6 312 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 5 533 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 4 174 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 299 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 4 4,029 0.8
Hindu Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 4 613 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 4 1,672 0.3
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 4 1,662 0.3
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 3 795 0.2
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 3 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 3 1,191 0.2
Sikh Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 2 382 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 272 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 95 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 275 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 407 0.1
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 127 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 560 0.1
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 5 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 512 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 1 68 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 102 0.0
Jain Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Evangelical Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 36 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 39 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 478 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 256 0.1
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 175 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 50 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,114 3,035,248  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,431,747  
The population of these 87 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,375,099; in 2000 it was 4,919,479. The total population changed 12.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,035,248) include 61.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,431,747) include 69.8% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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