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Missouri

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,384,748 518,882 5,797 856,964 126,768 2,702,052
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 537 856,964 153.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,884 797,732 142.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 933 226,578 40.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 311 140,315 25.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 317 105,583 18.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 483 95,429 17.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 334 78,235 14.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 297 64,277 11.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 33 62,315 11.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 165 51,490 9.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 454 43,423 7.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 124 41,014 7.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 179 29,348 5.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 79 27,991 5.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 109 26,846 4.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 34 23,207 4.2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 117 20,053 3.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 185 19,547 3.5
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 15 19,359 3.5
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 22 19,315 3.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 29 13,373 2.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 77 12,559 2.2
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 90 10,585 1.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 28 10,508 1.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 61 9,327 1.7
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 79 7,886 1.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 65 7,328 1.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 25 6,702 1.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 86 6,548 1.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 30 6,018 1.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 3 4,524 0.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 3,937 0.7
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 49 3,300 0.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 26 2,719 0.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 15 2,695 0.5
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 11 2,593 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 9 2,445 0.4
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 26 2,171 0.4
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 21 2,063 0.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 17 1,635 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 23 1,602 0.3
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 11 1,571 0.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 13 1,484 0.3
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 30 1,313 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 12 1,310 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 10 1,181 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 34 1,120 0.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 14 1,120 0.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 20 1,045 0.2
Fundamental Methodist Conference, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 13 1,009 0.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 7 950 0.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 13 935 0.2
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 4 866 0.2
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 6 822 0.2
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 5 760 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 5 663 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 5 654 0.1
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 11 617 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 13 588 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 9 533 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 508 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 5 483 0.1
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 4 463 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 3 362 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 4 361 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 320 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 300 0.1
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 282 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 9 279 0.1
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 245 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 200 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 3 158 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 152 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 143 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 2 123 0.0
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 2 118 0.0
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 110 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 81 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 80 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 75 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 45 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 40 0.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 28 0.0
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 1 21 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 12 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 43 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 8 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 4 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Jain Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 14 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 7,771 2,893,159  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,468,102  
The population of these 115 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 5,117,073; in 2000 it was 5,595,211. The total population changed 9.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,893,159) include 51.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,468,102) include 62.0% 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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