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Largest Churches in The United States

2005, In Thousands of Followers
The Roman Catholic Church 67,260
Southern Baptist Convention 16,440
United Methodist Church, The 8,251
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5,503
Church of God in Christ, The 5,450
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc 5,000
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 5,038
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc 4,985
Presbyterian Church (USA) 3,241
Assemblies of God 2,730
African Methodist Episcopal Church 2,500
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America 2,500
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc 2,500
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), The 2,489
Episcopal Church 2,320
Churches of Christ 1,500
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 1,500
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc 1,500
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,433
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1,433
United Church of Christ 1,297
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 1,200
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 1,072
Jehovah's Witnesses 1,041
Orthodox Church in America, The 1,000


Source: 2005 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches.
 

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U.S. Membership Denominational Ranking: Largest 25 Denominations/Communions

2006 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches

Rank, Church Name, Membership, Annual Change 2005-2006

1. The Catholic Church, 67,820,833 members, reporting an increase of .83 percent.

2. The Southern Baptist Convention, 16,267,494 members, reporting a decrease of 1.05 percent.

3. The United Methodist Church, 8,186,254 members, reporting a decrease of .79 percent.

4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,999,177 members, reporting an increase of 1.74 percent.

5. The Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members, no increase or decrease reported.

6. National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., 5,000,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 4,930,429, reporting a decrease of 1.09 percent.

8. National Baptist Convention of America, 3,500,000, no increase or decrease reported.

9. Presbyterian Church (USA), 3,189,573 members, reporting a decrease of 1.60 percent.

10. Assemblies of God, 2,779,095 members, reporting an increase of 1.81 percent.

11. African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

12. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

13. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

14. The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2,463,747, reporting a decrease or 1.01 percent.

15. Episcopal Church, 2,284,233, reporting a decrease of 1.55 percent.

16. Churches of Christ, 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

17. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

18. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

19. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1,432,795 members, no increase or decrease reported.

20. American Baptist Churches in the USA, 1,424,840, reporting a decrease of .57 percent.

21. United Church of Christ, 1,265,786, reporting a decrease of 2.38 percent.

22. Baptist Bible Fellowship International, 1,200,000, no increase or decrease reported.

23. Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, 1,071,615 members, no increase or decrease reported.

24. The Orthodox Church in America, 1,064,000 members, reporting an increase of 6.40 percent.

25. Jehovah's Witnesses, 1,029,902 members, reporting a decrease of 1.07 members.

The total members reported in the largest 25 communions is 148,009,649.

The 2006 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches costs $45 and may be ordered at www.electronicchurch.org
 

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Largest Churches in The United States

2005, In Thousands of Followers

The Roman Catholic Church 67,260
Southern Baptist Convention 16,440
United Methodist Church, The 8,251
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5,503
Church of God in Christ, The 5,450
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc 5,000
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 5,038
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc 4,985
Presbyterian Church (USA) 3,241
Assemblies of God 2,730
African Methodist Episcopal Church 2,500
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America 2,500
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc 2,500
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), The 2,489
Episcopal Church 2,320
Churches of Christ 1,500
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 1,500
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc 1,500
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,433
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1,433
United Church of Christ 1,297
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 1,200
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 1,072
Jehovah's Witnesses 1,041
Orthodox Church in America, The 1,000


Source: 2005 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches.
 

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I'm just glad to see the Southern Baptist number decline. It can't come soon enough. I'm pretty sure they make up the brunt of the Evangelical Christians, in this country.
 
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