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74. Religious Bodies - Selected Data

[Includes the self-reported membership of religious bodies with 60,000 or more as reported to the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Groups may be excluded if they do not supply information. The data are not standardized so comparisons between groups are difficult. The definition of "church member" is determined by the religious body]

 
Pastors
                RELIGIOUS BODY Year Churches Membership serving
reported reported (1,000) parishes 1
 
Advent Christian Church 1998 305 26 290
African Methodist Episcopal Church 1999 6,200 2,500 (NA)
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1998 3,098 1,252 2,571
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America 1996 2 2 1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) 1998 117 2 86
American Association of Lutheran Churches, The 1998 103 19 95
American Baptist Association 1998 1,760 275 1,740
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. 1998 3,800 1,507 4,145
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, The 1998 80 13 85
American Catholic Church 1997 100 25 80
American Rescue Workers 1999 15 3 35
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of North America 1998 220 65 263
Apostolic Christian Church of America 1998 89 13 301
Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) 1993 63 4 217
Apostolic Episcopal Church 1999 225 12 225
Apostolic Faith Mission Church of God 1998 19 11 32
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon 1994 54 5 60
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America 1998 61 (NA) (NA)
Apostolic Orthodox Catholic Church 1999 20 1 20
Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God, Inc. 1997 146 13 358
Armenian Apostolic Church of America 1998 28 200 25
Assemblies of God 1998 11,937 2,526 18,148
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) 1997 238 40 194
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The 1997 243 33 141
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 1997 4,500 1,200 (NA)
Baptist General Conference 1998 876 141 (NA)
Baptist Missionary Association of America 1999 1,334 235 1,525
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches 1997 114 8 381
Berean Fundamental Church 1997 51 8 (NA)
Bible Church of Christ 1993 6 7 11
Bible Fellowship Church 1998 56 7 58
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) 1998 116 13 82
Brethren in Christ 1998 210 20 108
Buddhist 2 1990 (NA) 401 (NA)
Christ Catholic Church 1996 7 3 7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The 1998 1,964 346 1,629
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) 1997 1,150 100 (NA)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1997 3,818 879 3,419
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 1998 5,579 1,072 5,525
Christian Churches of North America, General Council 1998 99 7 99
Christian Congregation, Inc., The 1998 1,438 117 1,436
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 1983 2,340 719 (NA)
Christian Reformed Church in North America 1998 733 199 655
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. 1998 167 10 199
Church of Christ, Scientist 1998 2,200 (NA) (NA)
Church of God by Faith, Inc. 1991 145 8 155
Church of God General Conference (Oregon, IL and Morrow, GA) 1998 90 5 67
Church of God in Christ 1991 15,300 5,500 28,988
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite 1998 102 12 418
Church of God of Prophecy 1997 1,908 77 2,000
Church of God of the Mountain Assembly, Inc. 1994 118 6 (NA)
Church of God (Anderson, IN) 1998 2,353 234 3,034
Church of God (Cleveland, TN) 1995 6,060 753 3,121
Church of God (Seventh Day), The, Denver, Colo. 1997 175 10 94
Church of Illumination 1996 3 1 8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The 1997 10,811 4,923 32,433
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonites) 1989 63 3 183
Church of the Brethren 1997 1,095 141 827
Church of the Living God (Motto: Christian Workers for Fellowship) 1985 170 4 170
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America 1998 115 14 139
Church of the Lutheran Confession 1998 72 9 59
Church of the Nazarene 1998 5,101 627 4,598
Church of the United Brethren in Christ 1997 228 24 315
Churches of Christ 1999 15,000 1,500 14,500
Churches of Christ in Christian Union 1998 226 10 318
Churches of God, General Conference (CGGC) 1998 339 32 252
Congregational Holiness Church 1993 190 2 (NA)
Conservative Baptist Association of America 1998 1,200 200 (NA)
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference 1998 236 39 301
Conservative Lutheran Association 1997 6 1 9
Coptic Orthodox Church 1992 85 180 65
Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1998 774 87 634
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America 1996 152 15 141
Elim Fellowship 1998 98 (NA) 600
Episcopal Church 1996 7,390 2,365 8,131
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, The 1997 21 4 10
Evangelical Church, The 1998 132 12 152
Evangelical Congregational Church, The 1998 148 23 110
Evangelical Covenant Church, The 1998 628 97 607
Evangelical Free Church of America, The 1995 1,224 243 1,936
Evangelical Friends International- North American Region 1995 92 9 (NA)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1998 10,862 5,178 9,646
Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1998 139 22 100
Evangelical Mennonite Church 1998 32 5 29
Evangelical Methodist Church 1997 123 9 105
Evangelical Presbyterian Church 1998 187 61 262
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches 1998 16 2 23
Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches 1999 22 1 29
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 1997 260 30 (NA)
Free Methodist Church of North America 1998 990 73 (NA)
Friends General Conference 1998 620 32 6
Friends United Meeting 1997 501 42 242
Full Gospel Assemblies International 1998 286 53 508
Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International 1999 896 275 2,070
Fundamental Methodist Church, Inc. 1993 12 1 17
General Assembly of the Korean Presbyterian Church in America 1992 203 27 326
General Association of General Baptists 1997 790 72 1,085
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches 1998 1,415 102 (NA)
General Church of the New Jerusalem 1999 34 6 27
General Conference Mennonite Brethren Churches 1996 368 82 590
Grace Gospel Fellowship 1992 128 60 160
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 1998 523 1,955 596
Hindu 2 1990 (NA) 227 (NA)
Hungarian Reformed Church in America 1998 27 6 27
Hutterian Brethren 1997 428 43 500
Independent Fundamental Churches of America 1999 659 62 (NA)
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 1998 1,851 238 4,900
International Council of Community Churches 1998 150 250 182
International Pentecostal Church of Christ, The 1998 68 6 63
International Pentecostal Holiness Church 1998 1,716 177 1,507
Jehovah's Witnesses 1999 11,064 1,040 (NA)
Jewish 3 1998 (NA) 6,041 (NA)
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The 1998 72 16 50
Liberal Catholic Church--Province of U.S.A., The 1996 16 7 54
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, The 1998 6,218 2,594 5,227
Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, The, Diocese of North America and Europe 1997 65 30 33
Mennonite Church 1998 926 92 (NA)
Mennonite Church, The General Conference 1998 313 37 214
Missionary Church, The 1998 335 45 542
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Northern Province 1998 94 27 89
Muslim / Islamic 2 1990 (NA) 527 (NA)
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches 1998 416 67 534
National Association of Free Will Baptists 1998 2,297 210 2,800
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. 1987 2,500 3,500 8,000
National Baptist Convention, USA,Inc. 1992 33,000 8,200 32,832
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America 1992 (NA) 2,500 (NA)
National Organization of the New Apostolic Church of North America 1998 401 34 960
National Spiritualist Association of Churches 1997 130 4 99
Netherlands Reformed Congregations 1998 23 9 8
North American Baptist Conference 1997 268 44 276
Old German Baptist Brethren 1998 57 6 253
Old Order Amish Church 1993 898 81 3,592
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. 1998 386 (NA) (NA)
Orthodox Church in America 1998 625 1,000 700
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The 1998 199 23 (NA)
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. 1985 38 10 37
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. 1998 1,750 1,500 4,500
Pentecostal Church of God 1998 1,237 104 (NA)
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church 1996 27 0 (NA)
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, inc. 1998 150 28 175
Prebyterian Church in America 1997 1,340 280 1,642
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 1998 11,260 3,575 9,390
Primitive Advent Christian Church 1993 10 0 11
Primitive Methodist Church in the U.S.A. 1998 78 7 70
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. 1995 2,000 2,500 (NA)
Protestant Reformed Churches in America 1998 27 7 25
Reformed Church in America 1998 902 296 915
Reformed Church in the United States 1998 40 4 34
Reformed Episcopal Church 1998 125 6 150
Reformed Mennonite Church 1993 10 0 20
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 1997 86 6 70
Religious Society of Friends (Conservative) 1994 1,200 104 (NA)
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1998 1,236 140 19,319
Roman Catholic Church, The 1998 19,584 62,018 (NA)
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, The 1996 37 65 37
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The 1994 177 (NA) 319
Salvation Army, The 1998 1,388 471 2,920
Schwenkfelder Church, The 1995 5 3 8
Separate Baptists in Christ 1992 100 8 95
Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada 1986 68 67 60
Seventh-day Adventist Church 1998 4,405 840 2,454
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference 1995 80 (NA) 46
Southern Baptist Convention 1998 40,870 15,729 71,520
Southern Methodist Church 1997 122 8 112
Sovereign Grace Baptists 1998 300 3 400
Swedenborgian Church, The 1998 37 2 25
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch 1997 21 33 14
True Orthodox Church of Greece (SOMC), American Exarchate 1993 9 1 18
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America (Ecumenical Patriarachate) 1986 27 5 36
Unitarian Universalist 2 1990 (NA) 502 (NA)
United Christian Church 1998 11 0 6
United Church of Christ 1998 6,017 1,421 4,317
United Methodist Church, The 1998 36,170 8,400 (NA)
United Pentecostal Church International 1995 3,790 (NA) 7,903
United Zion Church 1998 13 1 13
Unity of the Brethren 1998 27 3 25
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches 1998 300 44 324
Wesleyan Church, The 1998 1,590 120 1,806
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1997 1,240 411 1,222


NA Not available.
1 Does not include retired clergy or clergy not working with congregations.
2 Figures obtained from the National Survey of Religious Identification, a survey conducted by the City University of New York in 1990 and published in "One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society," by Barry Kosmin and Seymour Lachman (1993).
3 Source: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY, American Jewish Year Book (copyright). See Table 76.

Source: Except as noted, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, New York, NY, 1999 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, annual (copyright).

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