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Montcalm County, Michigan

Religious Traditions, 2010

7,948   5,404   5,258 947 43,785
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 5,258 83.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,785 44.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
8 2,300 36.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,293 20.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,191 18.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 871 13.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 796 12.6
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 730 11.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 610 9.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 413 6.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 397 6.3
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 394 6.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 334 5.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 240 3.8
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 239 3.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 230 3.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 168 2.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 153 2.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 135 2.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 130 2.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 115 1.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 109 1.7
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 1.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 102 1.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 86 1.4
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 77 1.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 61 1.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 56 0.9
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 55 0.9
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 39 0.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 37 0.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 22 0.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 19 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 3 0.0
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Totals: 102 19,557  

The population of Montcalm County, Michigan was 63,342 in 2010; in 2000 it was 61,266. The total population changed 3.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (19,557) included 30.9% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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