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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 % Change
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +190 +65,830 4.6%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +48 +26,209 47.8%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +25 +11,140 28.5%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +21 +7,708 64.7%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +20 +1,167 11.7%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +19 +7,935 24.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +19 +4,247 21.8%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +17 +9,609 42.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +10 +1,364 6.8%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +10 +2,870 44.7%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +8 +10,705 148.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +6 +1,015 1.2%
Catholic Church Catholic +5 +166,123 111.1%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +4 -1,558 -9.9%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +4 +341 71.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +3 +11,379 41.6%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +3 +1,829 20.5%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +3 +3,593 94.0%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +14,669 52.6%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +3 +1,464 39.4%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +2 +35 12.5%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant +2 -1,684 -8.5%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +2 n.a. n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +940 14.8%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +492 233.2%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +1 +6,404 8.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +960 184.6%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +3,795 96.7%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 0 n.a.
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 +6,877 25.3%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +5 3.9%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +89 287.1%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 0 +7,857 23.8%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0 -25 -1.4%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +21 46.7%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 0 +16 6.8%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -1 -49 -32.2%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -2 +30 4.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant -2 -377 -60.2%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant -3 -110 -27.4%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology -3 -3,325 -11.5%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant -3 -171 -52.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -4 +486 13.7%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -5 +1,376 7.1%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -5 -1,901 -0.9%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -9 -3,234 -6.1%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -19 +33,423 5.5%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant -27 -3,357 -82.9%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant -28 -10,301 -28.3%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -38 -510 -6.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -157 -14,362 -28.5%
  Totals: +127 +371,039 +11.7%

The population of these 100 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,628,637; in 2000 it was 8,049,313. The total population changed 21.4%. The adherent totals for 1990 (3,977,923) represent 60.0% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (3,651,416) include 45.4% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 50 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 50 groups had 3,181,261 adherents in 1990 and 3,552,300 adherents in 2000, for a change of 11.7%

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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