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Mississippi

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,130,113 288,047 1,213 115,760 19,350 1,290,175
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
Catholic Church Catholic 156 94,948 36.9
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 3 96 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 50 12,531 4.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 174 20,189 7.9
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 666 0.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 185 39,295 15.3
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 324,272 126.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 58 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 3 224 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 30 4,259 1.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 57 3,300 1.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 127 14,758 5.7
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 6 1,102 0.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 72 3,113 1.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 51 5,906 2.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 378 40,533 15.8
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 90 0.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 19 1,660 0.7
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 1,106 0.4
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 2,150 0.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 12 6,550 2.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 4 409 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 17 1,499 0.6
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 85 12,055 4.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 29 4,183 1.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 13 729 0.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 59 6,214 2.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 13 1,072 0.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 127 18,659 7.3
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 43 2,686 1.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 14 1,378 0.5
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 1 40 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 59 7,801 3.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,977 869,942 338.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 295 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 47 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 2 471 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 53 5,534 2.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 86 20,554 8.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 17 2,264 0.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 138 19,866 7.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 1 47 0.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,270 240,325 93.4
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 0 72 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 10 n.a. n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 42 10,417 4.1
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 18 2,466 1.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 4 128 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,433 1,806,049  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 2,573,216. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,806,049) include 70.2% of the total population in 1990.

Source

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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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.