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Bruderhof (1920 - Present) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Communal
Religious Tradition: Evangelical Protestant
Description: Also known in the United States as Church Communities International, Bruderhof is an international communal Christian movement founded in 1920 whose members renounce worldly possessions and live together in common residences, pledging to care for each other and their neighbors.
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Maps: Bruderhof1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)

Top 5 Bruderhof States (2020)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 New York 10 1,571 0.08
2 Pennsylvania 3 510 0.04
3 Idaho 1 19 0.01
4 Tennessee 1 56 0.01
5 West Virginia 1 13 0.01

Top 5 Bruderhof Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Greene County, NY 1 225 4.69
2 Ulster County, NY 4 817 4.49
3 Fayette County, PA 2 497 3.86
4 Clearwater County, ID 1 19 2.18
5 Monroe County, TN 1 56 1.21

Top 5 Bruderhof Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Kingston, NY Metro Area 4 817 4.49
2 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY Metro Area 2 468 0.67
3 Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area 3 510 0.22
4 Morgantown, WV Metro Area 1 13 0.09
5 Utica-Rome, NY Metro Area 1 17 0.06

Bruderhof, Trends (2006 - 2009)2

2006 1,515 36 13
2008 1,771 47 14
2009 1,742 47 15


1 The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155. [More information on the data sources]

2 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.

Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.

When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.

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