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