Try reading here for the latest statistics from the National Councll of Churches, whose annual Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches always has interesting info on who’s adding members and who is not. Their 2010 edition is just out.
Roman Catholics, the nation’s largest Christian denomination, grew 1.49 percernt to 68 million members. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1.71 percent to 5.8 million members and the Assemblies of God grew 1.27 percent to 2.8 million members.
Others claiming growth incluce the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., both at 1 million members.
The Southern Baptists, though, registered their second straight year of losses as being down .24 percent to 16.2 million. Even so, they are still the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. They are doing well compared to certain others, such as the Presbyterian Church USA, which is down 3.28 percent to 2.9 million members; the American Baptists are down 2 percent to 1.3 million and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is down 1.92 percent to 4.7 million.
I am attaching a list of the 25 largest churches below. Overall membership in church is up .49 percent this year to 147.3 million; just under half of the American population.
- Julia Duin, religion editor
Total church membership reported in the 2010 Yearbook is 147,384,631 members, up 0.49 percent over 2009.
The top 25 churches reported in the 2010 Yearbook are in order of size:
1. The Catholic Church, 68,115,001 members, up 1.49 percent.
2. Southern Baptist Convention,16,228,438 members, down 0.24percent.
3. The United Methodist Church, 7,853,987 members, down 0.98 percent.
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,974,041 members, up 1.71 percent.
5. The Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members, no membership updates reported.
6. National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc, 5,000,000 members, no membership updates reported.
7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 4,633,887 members, down1.62 percent.
8. National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., 3,500,000 members, no membership updates reported.
9. Assemblies of God (ranked 10 last year), 2,899,702 members, up 1.27 percent.
10. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 1(ranked 9 last year), 2,844,952 members, down 3.28 percent.
11. African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2,500,000 members, no membership updates reported.
11. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, 2,500,000 members, no membership updates reported.
11. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. 2,500,000 members, no membership updates reported.
14. The Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2,337,349 members, down 1.92 percent.
15. The Episcopal Church, 2,057,292 members, down 2.81 percent.
16. Churches of Christ, 1,639,495 members, no membership updates reported.
17. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1,500,000 members, no membership updates reported.
17. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., 1,500,000 members, no membership updates reported.
19. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1,400,000 members, members, no membership updates reported.
20. American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., 1,331,127 members, down 2.00 percent.
21. Baptist Bible Fellowship International (ranked 22 last year), 1,200,000 members, no membership updates reported.
22. Jehovah’s Witnesses (ranked 23 last year) 1,114,009members, up 2.00 percent.
23. United Church of Christ (ranked 22 last year), 1,111,691 members, down 2.93 percent.
24. Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), (ranked 25 last year), 1,072,169 members, up 1.76 percent.
25. Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (ranked 24 last year), 1,071,616 members, no membership updates reported.