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New Jersey

Denominational Groups, 2000

204,101 577,299 59,117 3,403,020 615,219 3,555,594
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 774 3,403,020 404.4
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 2 50 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 101 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 238 52,065 6.2
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 349 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 219 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 1 6 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 n.a. n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 70 14,518 1.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 12 2,044 0.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 20 5,976 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 19 1,003 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 68 7,699 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 19 1,129 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 156 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 50 7,435 0.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 38 4,703 0.6
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 306 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 53 8,626 1.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 490 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 28 5,187 0.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 383 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 9 1,071 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 29 6,866 0.8
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 2,550 0.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 4,940 0.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 6 1,390 0.2
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 114 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 4 609 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 72 22,319 2.7
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 14 1,006 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 0 0.0
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 9 1,413 0.2
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 2 813 0.1
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 29 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 191 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 20 2,056 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 207 0.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 26 2,503 0.3
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 28 7,256 0.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 111 13,725 1.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 76 18,035 2.1
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 922 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 324 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 19 2,873 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 255 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 262 88,521 10.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 6 1,594 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 287 91,964 10.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 200 79,264 9.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 35 3,894 0.5
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 8 3,565 0.4
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 4 808 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 810 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 373 119,735 14.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 133 32,691 3.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 57 14,293 1.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 578 140,133 16.7
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 27 0.0
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 7 1,974 0.2
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 4 2,240 0.3
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 2,100 0.3
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 5 9,980 1.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 24 25,770 3.1
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 2 3,000 0.4
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 200 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 4 650 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 23 3,471 0.4
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 6 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 14 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 1,400 0.2
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 4 3,250 0.4
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 11 5,082 0.6
Bahá'í Other Theology 14 1,531 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 21 n.a. n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 61 19,855 2.4
Hindu Other Theology 52 n.a. n.a.
Jain Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 331 468,000 55.6
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 68 120,724 14.4
Sikh Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 23 5,109 0.6
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,531 4,858,756  
Total (Adjusted)**:   5,967,206  
The population of these 21 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 7,730,188; in 2000 it was 8,414,350. The total population changed 8.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,858,756) include 57.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (5,967,206) include 70.9% 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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