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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 +2 +62 n.a.
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +3 -208 -52.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 0 -1,322 -30.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +7 +5,536 51.0%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +97 29.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 -126 -26.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -11 +28,835 20.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,626 48.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -1 -767 -21.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,083 44.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +239 14.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +4 -739 -55.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant -3 -123 -21.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +6 +173 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +19 +6,786 26.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0 -6 -13.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -1 -295 -11.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +15 +543 25.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +2 +352 87.0%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +4 +856 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +4 -1,693 -21.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +76 67.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,536 1146.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -2 -2,575 -5.0%
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +24 18.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +1 +64 n.a.
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +6 +160 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +2 +324 n.a.
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant +48 +4,800 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +800 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +2,375 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +17 +7,022 1142.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +154 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +5 +740 673.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +5 -708 -4.0%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant -1 -46 -19.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +1 +140 215.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +2 +20 n.a.
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 -167 -34.0%
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +3 +162 n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +572 1788.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +11 +662 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +1 -3,603 -28.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -113 -52.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +177 14.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +9 +704 20.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +59 +6,803 80.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 +39 17.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -3 -2,378 -26.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -3 -6,774 -27.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +14 +1,514 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 -50 -5.0%
  Totals: +255 +53,363 +15.6%

The population of these 57 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 786,690; in 2000 it was 902,195. The total population changed 12.9%. The adherent totals for 1980 (343,339) represent 43.6% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (403,492) include 44.7% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 52 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 52 groups had 342,177 adherents in 1980 and 395,540 adherents in 2000, for a change of 15.6%

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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