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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 % Change
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 0 +4 6.9%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 0 -1,189 -27.7%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +2 +130 0.8%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +352 469.3%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant -1 -104 -22.8%
Catholic Church Catholic -18 +43,451 34.5%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +692 15.9%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -1 -289 -9.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +710 25.2%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +104 5.5%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 -5 -0.8%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant -2 -133 -22.7%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 0 +37 27.2%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +11 +4,106 14.3%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0 -25 -37.9%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -1 -526 -17.9%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 -190 -6.5%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant -2 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +3 +677 378.2%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 0 -135 -2.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +543 48.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 +1,181 2.4%
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +39 33.9%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +31 93.9%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -1 +83 107.8%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox -1 n.a. n.a.
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,493 45.1%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -1 -180 -18.4%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -1 +250 11.8%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +2 +3,383 79.5%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +100 185.2%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +4 +540 174.2%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -1 -731 -4.5%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 0 -7 -3.5%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -4 -38 -6.3%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 0 0 0.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 0 -35 -63.6%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 -113 -25.9%
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +12 8.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +1 -73 -9.9%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -1 -2,083 -18.2%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -16 -13.3%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +863 156.6%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +135 3.3%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +28 +3,542 30.1%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -1 +48 22.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -2 -1,202 -15.2%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant +23 -1,468 -7.5%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +415 37.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant -1 -71 -6.7%
  Totals: +58 +54,308 +16.0%

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 adherent totals for 1990 (341,247) represent 42.7% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (403,492) include 44.7% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 48 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 48 groups had 339,726 adherents in 1990 and 394,034 adherents in 2000, for a change of 16.0%

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 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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