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Tennessee

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,102,490 551,186 4,010 183,161 64,772 2,783,664
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
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 2 0 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 21 2,986 0.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 9 4,478 0.8
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 6 263 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 3 1,016 0.2
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 18 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 2 230 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 191 40,430 7.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 10 1,834 0.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 15 1,414 0.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 10 1,821 0.3
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 305 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 4 268 0.1
Buddhism Other Theology 12 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 11 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 152 183,161 32.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 10 886 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 56 28,108 4.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 172 39,643 7.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 176 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 70 5,291 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 362 66,136 11.6
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 134 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 132 8,225 1.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 77 24,075 4.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 21 1,456 0.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 173 28,538 5.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1,466 216,648 38.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 8 1,047 0.2
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 4 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 280 34,415 6.1
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 71 8,517 1.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 112 35,037 6.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 49 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 10 2,910 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 49 16,239 2.9
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 13 14,095 2.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 11 579 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 12 933 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 250 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 5 2,658 0.5
Hindu Other Theology 7 n.a. n.a.
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 110 11,817 2.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 11 9,850 1.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 37 50,003 8.8
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 19 3,231 0.6
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 1,261 0.2
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 5 1,970 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 29 3,166 0.6
Jain Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 19 18,250 3.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 57 16,883 3.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 5 192 0.0
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 4 269 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 16 18,464 3.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 78 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 227 26,935 4.7
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 87 7,811 1.4
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 53 8,579 1.5
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 11 706 0.1
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 4 171 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 106 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 220 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 13 1,012 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 305 67,800 11.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 64 28,846 5.1
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 115 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant 30 4,420 0.8
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 7 453 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 79 0.0
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 10 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 17 3,546 0.6
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 37 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 125 27,525 4.8
Sikh Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 2,972 1,414,199 248.6
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 43 n.a. n.a.
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 12 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 13 2,569 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 15 2,207 0.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,577 393,994 69.3
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 5 263 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 6 1,627 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 21 1,727 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 7 1,037 0.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 9,634 2,905,619  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,631,518  
The population of these 95 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,877,185; in 2000 it was 5,689,283. The total population changed 16.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,905,619) include 51.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,631,518) include 63.8% 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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