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Tennessee

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,384,381 273,889 533,145 10,422 223,045 97,463 2,823,760
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,801 1,343,312 275.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,675 396,862 81.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,472 219,996 45.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 346 48,721 10.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 327 71,129 14.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 289 38,684 7.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 219 30,826 6.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 182 31,630 6.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 165 23,392 4.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 161 31,979 6.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 146 8,756 1.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 142 137,203 28.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 122 40,351 8.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 121 27,119 5.6
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 93 6,240 1.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 73 6,188 1.3
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 71 8,711 1.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 67 20,986 4.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 64 22,348 4.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 57 15,911 3.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 53 15,635 3.2
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 12,139 2.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 51 16,085 3.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 51 13,981 2.9
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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43 71,627 14.7
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 42 7,413 1.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 2,002 0.4
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 881 0.2
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 12,925 2.7
Jewish Other Judaism 21 17,474 3.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 20 1,418 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,078 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 17 --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 832 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 2,260 0.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 1,866 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 1,787 0.4
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 2,268 0.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,890 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 512 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,332 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 10 2,527 0.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 5,751 1.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 639 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 860 0.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 8 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 4,754 1.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 598 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 108 0.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 900 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 447 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 449 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 211 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 454 0.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 0 ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 193 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 282 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 92 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 65 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 49 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 123 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 12 0.0
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 21 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 109 0.0
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 23 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 10 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 250,490 51.4
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Totals: 9,246 2,984,916  

The population of Tennessee was 4,877,185 in 1990; in 1980 it was 4,591,120. The total population changed 6.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,984,916) included 61.2% of the total population in 1990.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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.