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National Spiritualist Association of Churches (1893 - Present) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Spiritualist
Religious Tradition: Other
Description: The oldest and largest of the Spiritualist churches is the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC), formed in 1893 in Chicago. Among its leaders were Harrison D. Barrett and James M. Peebles, both former Unitarian clergymen, and Cora L. Richmond, an outstanding medium and author. The association was formed both for fellowship and to deal with fraudulent mediumship.
Official Site: https://nsac.org/

National Spiritualist Association of Churches: Congregations (2020)1


Top 5 National Spiritualist Association of Churches States (2020)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 New York 8 -- --
2 California 7 -- --
3 Connecticut 6 -- --
4 Illinois 5 -- --
5 Maine 5 -- --

Top 5 National Spiritualist Association of Churches Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 San Francisco County, CA 3 -- --
2 Milwaukee County, WI 3 -- --
3 New London County, CT 3 -- --
4 Maricopa County, AZ 2 -- --
5 Erie County, NY 2 -- --

Top 5 National Spiritualist Association of Churches Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]


National Spiritualist Association of Churches, Members (1936 - 2000)2


National Spiritualist Association of Churches, Ministers & Churches (1936 - 2000)2


National Spiritualist Association of Churches, Trends (1936 - 2000)2

YEAR MEMBERS MINISTERS CHURCHES
1936 11,266 258
1946 12,000 280
1950 7,801 186 265
1951 10,500 225 285
1952 8,105 216 252
1953 7,637 218 245
1954 7,958 219 244
1955 7,990 227 245
1956 7,900 224 244
1957 8,850 225 247
1958 8,001 220 214
1959 8,825 228 245
1960 8,000 235 225
1961 5,438 139 198
1962 5,721 225 178
1963 5,811 222 175
1964 6,082 216 195
1965 4,962 208 195
1966 174 183
1968 201 203
1970 204 201
1974 5,000 182 200
1976 5,168 164
1984 5,558 142 142
1990 3,406 218 120
1992 3,883 95 137
1994 3,634 97 143
1995 2,258 129 130
1997 3,530 134 130
1999 3,000 87 136
2000 156
       

Sources

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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