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Montana

Denominational Groups, 2000

100,992 97,422 727 169,250 35,101 498,703
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 215 169,250 187.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 148 50,287 55.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 117 32,726 36.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 118 17,993 19.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 79 16,365 18.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 63 15,441 17.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 105 15,318 17.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 53 9,372 10.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 24 7,637 8.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 36 6,713 7.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 47 6,509 7.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 40 5,050 5.6
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 48 4,800 5.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 46 4,275 4.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 24 3,522 3.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 26 3,105 3.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 17 2,933 3.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 52 2,719 3.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 21 2,416 2.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 2,375 2.6
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 22 2,278 2.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 6 1,997 2.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 13 1,670 1.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 14 1,514 1.7
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 8 1,414 1.6
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 13 1,274 1.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 8 1,275 1.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 11 996 1.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 856 1.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 6 850 0.9
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 800 0.9
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 6 758 0.8
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 11 662 0.7
Bahá'í Other Theology 7 645 0.7
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 3 614 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 604 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 11 596 0.7
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 9 561 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 9 454 0.5
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 4 427 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 10 418 0.5
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 352 0.4
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 323 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 324 0.4
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 300 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 5 266 0.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 2 205 0.2
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 2 191 0.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 189 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 9 192 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 6 173 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 6 160 0.2
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 3 162 0.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 3 150 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 154 0.2
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 154 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 147 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 104 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 103 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1 80 0.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 2 62 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1 64 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 41 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 41 0.1
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.0
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 23 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 20 0.0
Strict Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 8 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 1,543 403,492  
Total (Adjusted)**:   445,894  
The population of these 57 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 799,065; in 2000 it was 902,195. The total population changed 12.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (403,492) include 44.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (445,894) include 49.4% 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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