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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
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 129 22,016 3.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 64 9,606 1.5
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 38 0.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 727 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 4,158 0.7
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 15 1,948 0.3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 20 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 909 0.1
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 24 0.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 225 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 225 49,330 7.8
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,068 0.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 15 2,050 0.3
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 285 0.0
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 12 1,594 0.3
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 7 1,796 0.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 3 130 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 151 222,343 35.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,028 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 61 40,314 6.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 173 35,847 5.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 133 23,068 3.6
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 158 0.0
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 10 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 71 4,742 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 379 78,597 12.4
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 6 0.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 141 55,739 8.8
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 230 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 124 8,448 1.3
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 99 45,675 7.2
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 1,245 0.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 172 27,874 4.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,432 214,118 33.7
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 11 1,716 0.3
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 142 0.0
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 389 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 4 2,694 0.4
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 6,195 1.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 268 29,453 4.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 126 40,053 6.3
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 93 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 5,400 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 47 11,840 1.9
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 21,754 3.4
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,966 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 518 0.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 12 237 0.0
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 7 277 0.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 23 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 2,320 0.4
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 6 5,584 0.9
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 8 329 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 12 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 4 4,483 0.7
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 764 0.1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 36 3,719 0.6
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 126 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 58 14,681 2.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 75 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 21 0.0
Maranatha Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 742 0.1
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 441 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 87 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 204 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 285 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 38 15,384 2.4
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 214 24,351 3.8
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 23 9,935 1.6
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 211 125,748 19.8
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 77 14,146 2.2
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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917 292,248 46.1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 582 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 7 4,410 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 187 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,415 0.2
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 280 57,490 9.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 73 26,036 4.1
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 2,662 0.4
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 12 13,631 2.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 8 8,486 1.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 --- ---
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 8 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 3,372 0.5
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 70 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 33 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 159 38,381 6.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,189 1,483,356 233.7
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 116 0.0
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 14 3,104 0.5
United Catholic Church, Inc. Catholic Catholicism 1 702 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,801 0.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,508 375,693 59.2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 160 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 12 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,207 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 25 1,833 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 1,914 0.3
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 16 0.0
Totals: 11,542 3,522,345  

The population of Tennessee was 6,346,105 in 2010; in 2000 it was 5,689,283. The total population changed 11.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,522,345) included 55.5% 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 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.