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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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 2,037 916,440 322.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,197 240,576 84.6
Catholic Church Catholic 163 115,760 40.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 378 43,396 15.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 186 40,558 14.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 157 22,841 8.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 86 21,124 7.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 177 19,484 6.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 122 18,776 6.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 125 17,599 6.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 42 12,992 4.6
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 78 10,375 3.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 45 6,315 2.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 46 5,958 2.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 41 5,472 1.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 48 5,456 1.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 56 4,578 1.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 30 4,045 1.4
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 14 3,919 1.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 3,800 1.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 60 3,397 1.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 26 3,372 1.2
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 2,881 1.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 13 2,663 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 69 2,589 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 14 2,280 0.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 2,020 0.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 21 1,596 0.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 19 1,458 0.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 14 1,400 0.5
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 6 1,186 0.4
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 1,174 0.4
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 16 1,174 0.4
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 1,075 0.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 14 1,000 0.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 4 811 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 786 0.3
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 2 592 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 525 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 8 498 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 457 0.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 6 424 0.2
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 4 418 0.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 3 352 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 5 228 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 121 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 103 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 96 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 67 0.0
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 1 48 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 38 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 32 0.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 5 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1 2 0.0
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 87 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,505 1,554,483  
Total (Adjusted)**:   2,328,556  
The population of these 82 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 2,573,216; in 2000 it was 2,844,658. The total population changed 10.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,554,483) include 54.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (2,328,556) include 81.9% 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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