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Facts & figures

Only three mainline Protestant denominations—Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian—are counted in the top 10 largest U.S. churches. All reported membership declines in 2005. The top 10 are:

Roman Catholic Church 69,135,254

Southern Baptist Convention 16,270,315

United Methodist Church 8,075,010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5,690,672

The Church of God in Christ 5,499,875

National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. 5,000,000

ELCA 4,850,776

National Baptist Convention of America 3,500,000

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 3,098,842

Assemblies of God 2,830,861

Source: 2007 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches/National Council of Churches


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