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Wisconsin

Denominational Groups, 2000

682,968 787,993 14,965 1,695,660 60,073 2,122,016
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
Catholic Church Catholic 968 1,554,278 317.7
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 450 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 2 303 0.1
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 1,440 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 150 35,527 7.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 14 1,440 0.3
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 58 7,771 1.6
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 79,628 16.3
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 1 37 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 52 10,788 2.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 16 1,062 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 35 5,738 1.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 19 6,046 1.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 14 938 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 19 1,212 0.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 1 13 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 444 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 11 340 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 3 171 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant 7 1,518 0.3
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 9 1,692 0.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 50 5,157 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 69 4,695 1.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 12 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 11 1,995 0.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 72 10,666 2.2
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 21 6,137 1.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 12 954 0.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 36 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 8,600 1.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 12,125 2.5
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 13 1,406 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 59 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 428 248,876 50.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 18 892 0.2
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 2 274 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 13 3,249 0.7
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 45 6,200 1.3
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 10 715 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 3 276 0.1
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 10 515 0.1
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 395 0.1
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 20 2,574 0.5
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 7 781 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 83 8,935 1.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 58 10,782 2.2
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant 5 955 0.2
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 11 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 29 5,438 1.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 409 222,151 45.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 84 19,423 4.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 3 436 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 2 537 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 130 27,561 5.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 743 460,168 94.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 17 1,123 0.2
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 718 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 20 5,846 1.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 31 9,907 2.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 171 48,052 9.8
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 27 12,871 2.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 253 94,010 19.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 516 152,426 31.2
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,000 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 55 n.a. n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 42 11,530 2.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 35 34,605 7.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 23 4,339 0.9
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,023 3,160,201  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,891,769. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,160,201) include 64.6% 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.