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Tennessee

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,384,381 273,889 533,145 223,045 10,422 97,463 2,823,760
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 53 8,579 1.51
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 0 0.00
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 2,986 0.52
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 4,478 0.79
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 263 0.05
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,016 0.18
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.00
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 230 0.04
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 191 40,430 7.11
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,834 0.32
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 15 1,414 0.25
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,821 0.32
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 305 0.05
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 268 0.05
Buddhists Other Other Groups 12 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 152 183,161 32.19
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 886 0.16
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 56 28,108 4.94
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 172 39,643 6.97
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 176 0.03
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 70 5,291 0.93
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 362 66,136 11.62
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 25 0.00
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 134 0.02
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 132 8,225 1.45
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 77 24,075 4.23
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 21 1,456 0.26
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 173 28,538 5.02
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,466 216,648 38.08
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 8 1,047 0.18
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 280 34,415 6.05
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 71 8,517 1.50
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 112 35,037 6.16
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 49 0.01
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,910 0.51
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 49 16,239 2.85
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 14,095 2.48
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 3,231 0.57
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 579 0.10
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 12 933 0.16
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 250 0.04
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,658 0.47
Hindus Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 110 11,817 2.08
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 9,850 1.73
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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37 50,003 8.79
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,261 0.22
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,970 0.35
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 3,166 0.56
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 19 18,250 3.21
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 57 16,883 2.97
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 192 0.03
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 269 0.05
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 5 263 0.05
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 16 18,464 3.25
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 0.01
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 227 26,935 4.73
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 87 7,811 1.37
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 706 0.12
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 171 0.03
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 106 0.02
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 220 0.04
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,012 0.18
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 305 67,800 11.92
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 64 28,846 5.07
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 115 --- ---
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 4,420 0.78
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 453 0.08
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 79 0.01
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.00
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 3,546 0.62
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 37 0.01
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 125 27,525 4.84
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,972 1,414,199 248.57
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 43 --- ---
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 12 0.00
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 13 2,569 0.45
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,207 0.39
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,577 393,994 69.25
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,627 0.29
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 1,727 0.30
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,037 0.18
Totals: 9,634 2,905,619  

The population of Tennessee was 5,689,283 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,877,185. The total population changed 16.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,905,619) included 51.1% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.


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