U.S. Membership: Trends
The following tables and charts provide trend data on membership, congregations and clergy for Southern Baptist Convention available on the ARDA.
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Southern Baptist Convention Trend Charts -- Click on a point to see data

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Change Over Time

  Clergy Congregations Members
2001-2010
+13,307
(+12.2%)
+3,393
(+8%)
+83,124
(+0.5%)
1991-2010
+56,539
(+86.4%)
+9,559
(+26.4%)
+903,697
(+5.9%)
1925-2010
+102,483
(+525.4%)
+18,221
(+66.2%)
+12,524,436
(+346.8%)

Southern Baptist Convention Trend Data
(1925-2010)
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Year Clergy Congregations Members
2010
121,989
45,727
16,136,044
2009
122,285
45,010
16,160,088
2008
121,028
44,848
16,228,438
2007
120,464
44,696
16,266,920
2006
119,917
44,223
16,306,246
2005
117,072
43,669
16,270,315
2004
118,289
43,465
16,267,494
2003
112,922
42,972
16,439,603
2002
121,417
42,775
16,247,736
2001
108,682
42,334
16,052,920
2000
101,446
41,588
15,960,308
1999
100,387
41,099
15,851,756
1998
97,783
40,870
15,729,356
1997
80,274
40,887
15,891,514
1996
71,257
40,565
15,691,964
1995
59,338
40,039
15,663,296
1994
60,045
39,863
15,614,060
1993
60,439
38,682
15,398,642
1992
63,352
38,401
15,358,866
1991
65,450
36,168
15,232,347
1990
64,500
37,922
15,038,409
1989
64,100
37,739
14,907,826
1988
63,625
37,517
14,812,844
1987
63,400
37,238
14,722,617
1986
63,200
37,072
14,613,618
1985
62,900
36,898
14,477,364
1984
62,600
36,668
14,341,821
1983
61,900
34,464
14,178,051
1982
61,600
36,246
13,991,709
1981
61,400
36,022
13,782,644
1980
56,200
35,778
13,600,126
1979
56,200
35,552
13,372,757
1978
56,000
35,357
13,191,394
1977
55,500
35,212
13,078,239
1976
55,100
35,031
12,917,992
1975
55,000
34,880
12,733,124
1974
54,150
34,710
12,513,378
1973
54,150
34,643
12,295,400
1972
54,150
34,512
12,065,333
1971
---
34,420
11,824,676
1970
---
34,340
11,628,032
1969
---
34,313
11,487,708
1968
---
34,275
11,330,481
1967
---
34,123
11,140,486
1966
---
33,926
10,947,389
1965
---
33,774
10,770,573
1964
---
33,362
10,598,429
1963
35,000
33,101
10,393,039
1962
34,939
32,878
10,191,303
1961
36,260
32,598
9,978,488
1960
34,147
32,251
9,731,591
1959
34,130
31,906
9,485,276
1958
29,959
31,477
9,202,205
1957
29,490
31,257
8,956,756
1956
28,373
30,797
8,700,481
1955
27,600
30,340
8,467,439
1954
25,881
29,863
8,163,562
1953
27,747
29,481
7,883,708
1952
25,300
28,865
7,634,493
1951
23,400
28,289
7,373,498
1950
22,293
27,788
7,079,889
1947
---
26,764
6,270,819
1946
---
---
6,079,305
1944
---
25,965
5,667,926
1942
---
25,737
5,367,129
1940
---
25,018
4,949,174
1937
---
24,844
4,595,602
1935
21,917
24,537
4,389,417
1933
---
24,270
4,173,928
1931
---
---
3,702,315
1929
23,431
24,010
3,770,645
1925
19,506
27,506
3,611,608
Data Sources

Southern Baptist Convention Members:
Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).


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