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Social Brethren (1867 - Unknown) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Other Groups
Religious Tradition: Other
Description: The Social Brethren church was a congregational association of churches founded in 1867 by people who had left several different evangelical churches. One of the main aims of the association was to welcome Christians who fell on both sides of the debate over slavery; therefore, they did not support discussing politics from the pulpit. It is unclear what happened to this association after 1975.
Official Site: Not available

Maps: Social Brethren1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (1980)

Congregations (1980)



Top 3 Social Brethren States (1980)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Illinois 24 1,456 0.13
2 Michigan 3 400 0.04
3 Indiana 1 134 0.02

Top 5 Social Brethren Counties (1980)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Pope County, IL 4 185 42.01
2 Gallatin County, IL 5 298 39.26
3 Hardin County, IL 3 140 26.01
4 Saline County, IL 9 573 20.14
5 Johnson County, IL 1 46 4.78

Top 3 Social Brethren Metro Areas (1980)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Marion, IN Micro Area 1 134 1.66
2 Kankakee, IL Metro Area 1 136 1.32
3 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area 3 400 0.09

Social Brethren, Members (1925 - 1975)2


Social Brethren, Ministers & Churches (1925 - 1975)2


Social Brethren, Trends (1925 - 1975)2

YEAR MEMBERS MINISTERS CHURCHES
1925 1,800 21 22
1935 1,214 22 19
1940 521 14
1951 1,001 22
1954 1,278 34 23
1955 1,470 34 25
1956 900 43 26
1957 1,468 36 26
1958 1,521 39 28
1959 1,548 36 28
1960 1,581 35 28
1961 1,629 36 28
1962 1,622 34 29
1965 1,540 38 30
1966 42 31
1967 1,663 43 31
1968 1,647 49 31
1969 1,685 49 32
1971 1,672 42 31
1972 1,699 43 33
1974 1,722 44 34
1975 1,784 47 30
       

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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