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