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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 +257 +171,011 13.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +202 +26,045 n.a.
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +174 +32,475 n.a.
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +152 +7,863 n.a.
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +68 +21,119 106.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +53 +42,826 112.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +50 +13,928 244.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +49 +19,889 66.0%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +37 +42,559 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +36 +19,878 94.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +35 +9,032 61.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +30 +7,324 52.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +26 +220,863 233.0%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +24 +4,764 105.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +22 +1,038 10.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +21 +7,417 n.a.
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +21 +25,421 191.0%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +20 +17,930 n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +20 +2,619 56.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +19 -2,934 -17.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +15 +1,584 17.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +14 +1,040 1.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +11 +7,161 n.a.
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +11 +7,766 30.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +9 +20,887 448.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +9 +766 295.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +9 +3,381 188.0%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +8 +747 1010.0%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +370 974.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +6 -4,886 -55.0%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant +5 -1,840 -9.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +1,480 n.a.
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant +5 +291 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +4 +384 n.a.
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +3 +3,233 19.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +2 +103 49.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +2 +156 n.a.
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +2 +691 n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +2 +703 n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 +249 n.a.
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 -175 -9.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +1 +120 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 -180 -73.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -40 -23.0%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +94 362.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 -59 n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 -4,593 -37.0%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant -1 -35 -12.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -2 -115 -53.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -3 +6,836 9.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -14 -4,122 -8.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -32 -1,961 -1.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -52 +45,818 8.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -181 -20,875 -37.0%
  Totals: +1,162 +756,046 +27.0%

The population of these 100 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 5,881,766; in 2000 it was 8,049,313. The total population changed 21.4%. The adherent totals for 1980 (3,125,225) represent 53.1% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (3,651,416) include 45.4% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 54 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 54 groups had 2,804,572 adherents in 1980 and 3,560,618 adherents in 2000, for a change of 27.0%

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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