The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Facts & figures: Membership of the top 10 church bodies

Membership of the top 10 church bodies reported by the National Council of Churches in its Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (figures compiled in 2008 and reported to the yearbook in 2009):

1. Roman Catholic Church, 68,115,001 members, up 1.49%.

2. Southern Baptist Convention, 16,228,438, down 0.24%.

3. United Methodist Church, 7,853,987, down 0.98%.

4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,974,041, up 1.71%.

5. Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875, no updates reported.

6. National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc., 5 million, no updates reported.

7. ELCA, 4,633,887, down 1.62%.

8. National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., 3.5 million, no updates reported.

9. Assemblies of God (10th last year), 2,899,702, up 1.27%.

10. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), (9th last year), 2,844,952, down 3.28%.

For more information, see the National Council of Churches Web site.


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