Christian and Jewish
Religious Membership in the
United States: 1960 & 1995

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
Membership by Church | Ranking by 1995 Membership | Membership per 1,000 Population
Ranking by Membership per 1,000 Population
Ranking by 1960-1995 Change in Membership per 1,000 Population

JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS
Membership by Organization | Membership per 1,000 Population

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1960 data is for 1995 organizational composition

US Christian Church Membership: 1960 & 1995
Denominations with over 200,000 Members in 1995

Christian Churches
1960 (000)
1995 (000)
Change
African Methodist Episcopal Church 1,166 3,500 200.2%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion 770 1,200 55.8%
American Baptist Association 648 250 -61.4%
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,521 1,517 -0.3%
Antiochan Orthodox Christian Archdiocese not available 350 ---
Armenian Orthodox Church of America 125 414 231.2%
Assemblies of God 509 2,272 346.4%
Baptist Bible Fellowship International not available 1,500 ---
Baptist Missionary Association of America not available 231 ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1,801 958 -46.8%
Christian Churches & Churches of Christ not available 1,071 ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 392 719 83.4%
Christian Reformed Church in North America 243 215 -11.5%
Christian & Missionary Alliance 57 302 429.8%
Church of Christ Scientist not available 700 ---
Church of God in Christ 393 5,500 1299.5%
Church of God in Christ International not established 200 ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 140 216 54.3%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 180 701 289.4%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) 1,487 4,520 204.0%
Church of the Nazarene 308 591 91.9%
Churches of Christ 2,163 1,651 -23.7%
Conservative Baptist Association of America 300 200 -33.3%
Episcopal Church 3,444 2,505 -27.3%
Evangelical Free Church of America 31 227 632.3%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 5,300 5,213 -1.6%
Greek Orthodox Diocese of North and South America 1,200 1,950 62.5%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 83 218 162.7%
International Council of Community Churches not available 500 ---
Jehovah's Witnesses 273 927 239.6%
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 2,391 2,599 8.7%
National Association of Free Will Baptists not available 215 ---
National Baptist Convention of America 2,669 3,500 31.1%
National Baptist Convention USA 5,256 8,200 56.0%
National Missionary Baptist Convention not available 2,500 ---
Orthodox Church in America 755 2,000 164.9%
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World 45 500 1011.1%
Presbyterian Church in America not established 240 ---
Presbyterian Church (USA) 4,108 3,788 -7.8%
Progressive National Baptist Convention not established 2,500 ---
Reformed Church in America 226 317 40.3%
Roman Catholic Church 42,105 59,858 42.2%
Salvation Army 273 446 63.4%
Seventh-Day Adventist Church 317 762 140.4%
Southern Baptist Convention 9,732 15,399 58.2%
United Church of Christ 2,022 1,530 -24.3%
United Methodist Church 10,798 8,647 -19.9%
United Pentecostal Church International 175 500 185.7%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 252 417 65.5%

US Christian Churches Ranked by 1995 Membership
Denominations with over 200,000 Members in 1995
Rank Christian Churches
1960 (000)
1995 (000)
Change
1 Roman Catholic Church 42,105 59,858 42.2%
2 Southern Baptist Convention 9,732 15,399 58.2%
3 United Methodist Church 10,798 8,647 -19.9%
4 National Baptist Convention USA 5,256 8,200 56.0%
5 Church of God in Christ 393 5,500 1299.5%
6 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 5,300 5,213 -1.6%
7 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) 1,487 4,520 204.0%
8 Presbyterian Church (USA) 4,108 3,788 -7.8%
9 African Methodist Episcopal Church 1,166 3,500 200.2%
10 National Baptist Convention of America 2,669 3,500 31.1%
11 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 2,391 2,599 8.7%
12 Episcopal Church 3,444 2,505 -27.3%
13 Progressive National Baptist Convention not established 2,500 ---
14 National Missionary Baptist Convention not available 2,500 ---
15 Assemblies of God 509 2,272 346.4%
16 Orthodox Church in America 755 2,000 164.9%
17 Greek Orthodox Diocese of North and South America 1,200 1,950 62.5%
18 Churches of Christ 2,163 1,651 -23.7%
19 United Church of Christ 2,022 1,530 -24.3%
20 American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,521 1,517 -0.3%
21 Baptist Bible Fellowship International not available 1,500 ---
22 African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion 770 1,200 55.8%
23 Christian Churches & Churches of Christ not available 1,071 ---
24 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1,801 958 -46.8%
25 Jehovah's Witnesses 273 927 239.6%
26 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 317 762 140.4%
27 Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 392 719 83.4%
28 Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 180 701 289.4%
29 Church of Christ Scientist not available 700 ---
30 Church of the Nazarene 308 591 91.9%
31 International Council of Community Churches not available 500 ---
32 United Pentecostal Church International 175 500 185.7%
33 Pentecostal Assemblies of the World 45 500 1011.1%
34 Salvation Army 273 446 63.4%
35 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 252 417 65.5%
36 Armenian Orthodox Church of America 125 414 231.2%
37 Antiochan Orthodox Christian Archdiocese not available 350 ---
38 Reformed Church in America 226 317 40.3%
39 Christian & Missionary Alliance 57 302 429.8%
40 American Baptist Association 648 250 -61.4%
41 Presbyterian Church in America not established 240 ---
42 Baptist Missionary Association of America not available 231 ---
43 Evangelical Free Church of America 31 227 632.3%
44 International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 83 218 162.7%
45 Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 140 216 54.3%
46 Christian Reformed Church in North America 243 215 -11.5%
47 National Association of Free Will Baptists not available 215 ---
48 Church of God in Christ International not established 200 ---
49 Conservative Baptist Association of America 300 200 -33.3%

US Christian Church Members per 1,000 Population: 1960 & 1995
Denominations with over 200,000 Members in 1995
Christian Churches
1960
1995
Change
African Methodist Episcopal Church 6.48 13.32 105.6%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion 4.28 4.57 6.7%
American Baptist Association 3.60 0.95 -73.6%
American Baptist Churches in the USA 8.45 5.77 -31.7%
Antiochan Orthodox Christian Archdiocese --- 1.33 ---
Armenian Orthodox Church of America 0.69 1.58 126.9%
Assemblies of God 2.83 8.65 205.7%
Baptist Bible Fellowship International --- 5.71 ---
Baptist Missionary Association of America --- 0.88 ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 10.01 3.65 -63.6%
Christian Churches & Churches of Christ --- 4.08 ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 2.18 2.74 25.6%
Christian Reformed Church in North America 1.35 0.82 -39.4%
Christian & Missionary Alliance 0.32 1.15 262.9%
Church of Christ Scientist --- 2.66 ---
Church of God in Christ 2.18 20.93 858.6%
Church of God in Christ International --- 0.76 ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 0.78 0.82 5.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 1.00 2.67 166.8%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) 8.26 17.20 108.2%
Church of the Nazarene 1.71 2.25 31.4%
Churches of Christ 12.02 6.28 -47.7%
Conservative Baptist Association of America 1.67 0.76 -54.3%
Episcopal Church 19.14 9.53 -50.2%
Evangelical Free Church of America 0.17 0.86 401.6%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 29.45 19.84 -32.6%
Greek Orthodox Diocese of North and South America 6.67 7.42 11.3%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 0.46 0.83 79.9%
International Council of Community Churches --- 1.90 ---
Jehovah's Witnesses 1.52 3.53 132.6%
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 13.28 9.89 -25.5%
National Association of Free Will Baptists --- 0.82 ---
National Baptist Convention of America 14.83 13.32 -10.2%
National Baptist Convention USA 29.20 31.21 6.9%
National Missionary Baptist Convention --- 9.51 ---
Orthodox Church in America 4.19 7.61 81.4%
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World 0.25 1.90 661.1%
Presbyterian Church in America --- 0.91 ---
Presbyterian Church (USA) 22.82 14.42 -36.8%
Progressive National Baptist Convention --- 9.51 ---
Reformed Church in America 1.26 1.21 -3.9%
Roman Catholic Church 233.94 227.81 -2.6%
Salvation Army 1.52 1.70 11.9%
Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1.76 2.90 64.7%
Southern Baptist Convention 54.07 58.61 8.4%
United Church of Christ 11.23 5.82 -48.2%
United Methodist Church 60.00 32.91 -45.1%
United Pentecostal Church International 0.97 1.90 95.7%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1.40 1.59 13.3%

US Christian Churches Ranked by 1995 Members per 1,000 Population
Denominations with over 200,000 Members in 1995
Rank Christian Churches
1960
1995
Change
1 Roman Catholic Church 233.94 227.81 -2.6%
2 Southern Baptist Convention 54.07 58.61 8.4%
3 United Methodist Church 60.00 32.91 -45.1%
4 National Baptist Convention USA 29.20 31.21 6.9%
5 Church of God in Christ 2.18 20.93 858.6%
6 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 29.45 19.84 -32.6%
7 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) 8.26 17.20 108.2%
8 Presbyterian Church (USA) 22.82 14.42 -36.8%
9 National Baptist Convention of America 14.83 13.32 -10.2%
10 African Methodist Episcopal Church 6.48 13.32 105.6%
11 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 13.28 9.89 -25.5%
12 Episcopal Church 19.14 9.53 -50.2%
13 National Missionary Baptist Convention --- 9.51 ---
14 Progressive National Baptist Convention --- 9.51 ---
15 Assemblies of God 2.83 8.65 205.7%
16 Orthodox Church in America 4.19 7.61 81.4%
17 Greek Orthodox Diocese of North and South America 6.67 7.42 11.3%
18 Churches of Christ 12.02 6.28 -47.7%
19 United Church of Christ 11.23 5.82 -48.2%
20 American Baptist Churches in the USA 8.45 5.77 -31.7%
21 Baptist Bible Fellowship International --- 5.71 ---
22 African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion 4.28 4.57 6.7%
23 Christian Churches & Churches of Christ --- 4.08 ---
24 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 10.01 3.65 -63.6%
25 Jehovah's Witnesses 1.52 3.53 132.6%
26 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1.76 2.90 64.7%
27 Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 2.18 2.74 25.6%
28 Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 1.00 2.67 166.8%
29 Church of Christ Scientist --- 2.66 ---
30 Church of the Nazarene 1.71 2.25 31.4%
31 United Pentecostal Church International 0.97 1.90 95.7%
32 International Council of Community Churches --- 1.90 ---
33 Pentecostal Assemblies of the World 0.25 1.90 661.1%
34 Salvation Army 1.52 1.70 11.9%
35 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1.40 1.59 13.3%
36 Armenian Orthodox Church of America 0.69 1.58 126.9%
37 Antiochan Orthodox Christian Archdiocese  --- 1.33 ---
38 Reformed Church in America 1.26 1.21 -3.9%
39 Christian & Missionary Alliance 0.32 1.15 262.9%
40 American Baptist Association 3.60 0.95 -73.6%
41 Presbyterian Church in America --- 0.91 ---
42 Baptist Missionary Association of America --- 0.88 ---
43 Evangelical Free Church of America 0.17 0.86 401.6%
44 International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 0.46 0.83 79.9%
45 Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 0.78 0.82 5.7%
46 Christian Reformed Church in North America 1.35 0.82 -39.4%
47 National Association of Free Will Baptists --- 0.82 ---
48 Conservative Baptist Association of America 1.67 0.76 -54.3%
49 Church of God in Christ International --- 0.76 ---

US Christian Churches Ranked by Change in
Church Members per 1,000 Population: 1960 to 1995

Denominations with over 200,000 Members in 1995
Rank Christian Churches
1960
1995
Change
1 Church of God in Christ 2.18 20.93 858.6%
2 Pentecostal Assemblies of the World 0.25 1.90 661.1%
3 Evangelical Free Church of America 0.17 0.86 401.6%
4 Christian & Missionary Alliance 0.32 1.15 262.9%
5 Assemblies of God 2.83 8.65 205.7%
6 Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 1.00 2.67 166.8%
7 Jehovah's Witnesses 1.52 3.53 132.6%
8 Armenian Orthodox Church of America 0.69 1.58 126.9%
9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) 8.26 17.20 108.2%
10 African Methodist Episcopal Church 6.48 13.32 105.6%
11 United Pentecostal Church International 0.97 1.90 95.7%
12 Orthodox Church in America 4.19 7.61 81.4%
13 International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 0.46 0.83 79.9%
14 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1.76 2.90 64.7%
15 Church of the Nazarene 1.71 2.25 31.4%
16 Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 2.18 2.74 25.6%
17 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1.40 1.59 13.3%
18 Salvation Army 1.52 1.70 11.9%
19 Greek Orthodox Diocese of North and South America 6.67 7.42 11.3%
20 Southern Baptist Convention 54.07 58.61 8.4%
21 National Baptist Convention USA 29.20 31.21 6.9%
22 African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion 4.28 4.57 6.7%
23 Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 0.78 0.82 5.7%
24 Roman Catholic Church 233.94 227.81 -2.6%
25 Reformed Church in America 1.26 1.21 -3.9%
26 National Baptist Convention of America 14.83 13.32 -10.2%
27 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 13.28 9.89 -25.5%
28 American Baptist Churches in the USA 8.45 5.77 -31.7%
29 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 29.45 19.84 -32.6%
30 Presbyterian Church (USA) 22.82 14.42 -36.8%
31 Christian Reformed Church in North America 1.35 0.82 -39.4%
32 United Methodist Church 60.00 32.91 -45.1%
33 Churches of Christ 12.02 6.28 -47.7%
34 United Church of Christ 11.23 5.82 -48.2%
35 Episcopal Church 19.14 9.53 -50.2%
36 Conservative Baptist Association of America 1.67 0.76 -54.3%
37 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 10.01 3.65 -63.6%
38 American Baptist Association 3.60 0.95 -73.6%

US Judaism: Membership: 1960 & 1995

Organization

1960 (000)
1995 (000)
Change
Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reformed) 1,000 1,300 30.0%
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 3,000 1,000 -66.7%
United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism 1,500 2,000 33.3%

US Judaism: Membership per 1,000 Population: 1960 & 1995
Organization
1960
1995
Change
Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reformed) 5.56 4.95 -11.0%
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 16.67 3.81 -77.2%
United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism 8.33 7.61 -8.7%

Sources
World Almanac and Yearbook of American Churches

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