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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 % Change
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +10 +2,210 68.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +1 -170 -27.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +28 +1,739 10.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +3 +29 4.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -4 +4,542 13.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +5 +20,664 22.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 0 -36 -53.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -5 -710 -11.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +2 +128 3.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +1 -3,911 -54.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +2 +10,467 85.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +538 83.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +69 +2,589 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +13 +5,744 79.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -2 -152 -3.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +31 +9,248 27.0%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant +2 +103 n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +1 -17 -1.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +4 +1,026 5.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 +648 40.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +9 +2,020 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +2 +525 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +1,075 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +6 +3,800 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant -2 -127 -23.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +309 24.0%
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant +78 +10,375 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +2 -675 -32.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -1 -951 -22.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +56 +4,578 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +1 +96 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +14 +1,000 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -28 -8,729 -33.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +16 +4,616 33.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +119 5.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant -8 +632 11.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +122 +156,055 20.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +1 +7 3.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant +1 +48 n.a.
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -157 -9,664 -4.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +100 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +38 n.a.
  Totals: 282 +219,926 +16.6%

The population of these 82 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 2,520,638; in 2000 it was 2,844,658. The total population changed 10.5%. The adherent totals for 1980 (1,334,879) represent 53.0% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (1,554,483) include 54.6% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 42 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 42 groups had 1,322,486 adherents in 1980 and 1,542,412 adherents in 2000, for a change of 16.6%

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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