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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 % Change
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +8 +5,726 6.9%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 0 +337 20.6%
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant -1 -4 -3.8%
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 0 -6,900 -76.7%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +58 +12,691 32.2%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +153 78.1%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 +157 253.2%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant -1 -43 -87.8%
Catholic Church Catholic -2 +213,705 6.7%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +24 +6,829 88.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -2 -374 -19.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +5 +834 68.9%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant -1 -567 -8.7%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -2 -269 -21.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +21 +3,134 68.7%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +3 +588 108.7%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +26 +8,049 68.2%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0 0 0.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +8 +2,087 39.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -1 +554 13.4%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +7 n.a. n.a.
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +5 10.9%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -7 -13,643 -12.9%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +1,547 42.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -5 -7,561 -8.7%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -37 -8.8%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +528 97.2%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -2 -164 -4.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -1 -8,050 -75.9%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -8 -5,000 -50.3%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +2 +1,080 348.4%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +57 100.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +422 225.7%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +5 +38,115 8.9%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +3 -3,068 -12.1%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant +3 +147 17.1%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant -1 -415 -33.9%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +1 -15 -1.8%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +1 -99 n.a.
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 0 -151 -15.7%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant -1 -116 -37.8%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +2 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 0 +152 276.4%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 0 -19,028 -13.7%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +2 +500 25.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant -7 -8,701 -21.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +5,148 244.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +14 -1,646 -10.7%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +28 +7,154 65.7%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox +2 -4,450 -57.8%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox +10 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +3 +215 4.4%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -2 -4,112 -22.3%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -5 -26,369 -15.8%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +726 33.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 -9 -3.4%
  Totals: +204 +199,849 +4.5%

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 adherent totals for 1990 (4,734,822) represent 61.3% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (4,858,756) include 57.7% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 53 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 53 groups had 4,460,047 adherents in 1990 and 4,659,896 adherents in 2000, for a change of 4.5%

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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