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Alabama

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,804,961 437,296 3,000 150,647 39,469 2,011,727
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 36 6,286 1.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 8,304 1.9
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 0 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 367 59,970 13.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 8 388 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 9 1,423 0.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 17 2,106 0.5
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 66 0.0
Buddhism Other Theology 7 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 168 150,647 33.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 19 1,150 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 56 9,572 2.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 30 3,972 0.9
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 2 50 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 68 4,082 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 386 68,766 15.5
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 405 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 88 3,908 0.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 69 20,397 4.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 5 305 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 123 13,635 3.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 895 119,049 26.8
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 17 2,083 0.5
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 61 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 61 6,590 1.5
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 26 3,896 0.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 118 45,041 10.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 273 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 525 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 24 5,346 1.2
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 218 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 5 166 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 2 159 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 4 2,796 0.6
Hindu Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 3 154 0.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 6,430 1.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 7,319 1.7
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 6 1,200 0.3
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 169 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 10 2,442 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 42 4,601 1.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 7 1,175 0.3
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 18 9,100 2.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 63 11,488 2.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 55 0.0
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 14 587 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 20 7,670 1.7
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 230 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 165 23,716 5.3
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 113 16,984 3.8
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 29 4,324 1.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 204 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 61 0.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 5 285 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 158 34,551 7.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 108 24,020 5.4
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 147 n.a. n.a.
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 6 530 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 15 2,468 0.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 80 16,792 3.8
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3,148 1,380,121 310.3
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 20 n.a. n.a.
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 4 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 9 879 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 23 3,412 0.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,416 327,734 73.7
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 6 444 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 13 1,902 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 12 2,312 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 210 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 8,343 2,435,373  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,307,454  
The population of these 67 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,040,587; in 2000 it was 4,447,100. The total population changed 10.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,435,373) include 54.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,307,454) include 74.4% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org/grc [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga county are Episcopalian.

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