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