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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 % Change
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +66 +2,698 85.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +46 +18,630 83.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +46 +14,305 451.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +31 +9,320 124.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +28 +9,695 n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +27 +10,305 330.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +21 -13,377 -5.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +20 +4,863 51.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +19 +18,823 200.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +17 +7,321 119.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +17 +1,534 45.0%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +16 +14,725 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +15 -10,789 -5.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +15 -5,890 -1.0%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +14 +1,299 119.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +10 -119 -3.0%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +9 +844 n.a.
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +9 +820 828.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,024 n.a.
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +8 -2,680 -21.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +8 +2,252 79.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +7 +5,772 n.a.
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +7 +365 n.a.
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +257 28.0%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +569 45.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +4 +233 44.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +3 +569 10.0%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +3 +14 1.0%
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant +2 +285 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +2 -908 -49.0%
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant +1 +310 n.a.
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +1 -3 -3.0%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +65 89.0%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +8,000 n.a.
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +1 +208 92.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +1 -10 -29.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 -142 -1.0%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +625 21.0%
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 0 +80 40.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 0 -1,944 -29.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +3,817 42.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 0 -76 -16.0%
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 0 -56 -8.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +437 19.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -1 -180 -65.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant -1 +456 34.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -2 -2,184 -74.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -2 -7,865 -25.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant -2 +1 0.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -3 +842 15.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant -4 +419 39.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -8 -14,665 -26.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant -17 -3,843 -19.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -21 -13,083 -14.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -26 -34,983 -21.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -105 +150,843 10.0%
  Totals: 304 +179,828 +6.0%

The population of these 72 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 4,705,767; in 2000 it was 5,363,675. The total population changed 9.6%. The adherent totals for 1980 (3,028,355) represent 64.4% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (3,241,659) include 60.4% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 56 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 56 groups had 3,015,760 adherents in 1980 and 3,195,588 adherents in 2000, for a change of 6.0%

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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