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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 % Change
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +210 +1,050.0%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +7 +1,659 +650.6%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 +151 +419.4%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +45 +20,295 +353.5%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +50 +35,173 +334.9%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 +58 +165.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +54 +41,668 +112.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement -8 +20,917 +107.8%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +54 +25,456 +106.6%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +13 +1,914 +106.0%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +23 +107,427 +93.5%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +137 +92.6%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +922 +88.3%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +51 +17,552 +84.3%
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 +15 +83.3%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +5 +1,325 +74.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +13 +3,524 +31.6%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -2 +616 +28.2%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +435 +279,819 +23.2%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +5 +581 +20.8%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +4 +3,923 +16.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +129 +14.3%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement +20 +3,390 +10.4%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +16 -1,490 -3.6%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement -12 -12,202 -5.4%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -230 -37,456 -9.1%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +4 -926 -18.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -3 -2,927 -19.8%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -33 -8,799 -23.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -6 -466 -27.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -78 -28,119 -32.8%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups -1 -100 -32.9%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -2 -827 -43.6%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -484 -48.3%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist +7 -12,133 -55.8%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +3 -9,613 -67.0%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -20 -69,465 -75.1%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -9 -3,513 -82.9%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -4 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist +0 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -4 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church -2 --- ---
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -14 --- ---
Totals: +389 +378,341 +15%

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.

The population of Tennessee was 4,591,120 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,492,387) included 54.3% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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