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North Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,058,919 1,170,670 9,260 315,606 96,961 4,397,897
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 57 6,064 0.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 651 312,693 47.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 37 27,361 4.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 199 33,101 5.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 39 9,934 1.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 225 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 462,785 69.8
Catholic Church Catholic 175 149,483 22.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 48 6,347 1.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 32 4,877 0.7
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 293 50,460 7.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 161 27,158 4.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 279 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 28 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 56 3,556 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 417 54,828 8.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 3 88 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 128 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 31 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 190 8,373 1.3
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 133 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 112 33,079 5.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 16 1,830 0.3
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 69 8,902 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 179 20,158 3.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 29 4,048 0.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 211 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 252 73,664 11.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 4 520 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 231 87,815 13.3
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 25 2,118 0.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 18 3,824 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 45 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 106 15,723 2.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 10 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 12 7,225 1.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 34 27,890 4.2
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 44 6,424 1.0
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 8 401 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 303 39,125 5.9
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 37 28,870 4.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 61 19,275 2.9
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 6 236 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 13 751 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 48 19,864 3.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 3 152 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 230 36,346 5.5
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 1 150 0.0
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 25 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 5 327 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 743 205,548 31.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 72 11,922 1.8
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 151 3,508 0.5
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 626 0.1
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 34 3,961 0.6
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 35 3,924 0.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 99 19,522 3.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3,527 1,446,228 218.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 19 3,717 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 243 53,322 8.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,983 605,362 91.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 157 22,866 3.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 5 480 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 11,331 3,977,923  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,628,637. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,977,923) include 60.0% of the total population in 1990.

Source

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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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.