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

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Change Over Time

  Clergy Congregations Members
1990-2006
---
-134
(-1%)
-43,851
(-2.6%)
1976-2006
---
-4,000
(-23.5%)
-860,505
(-34.4%)
1929-2006
---
+6,774
(+108.8%)
+1,205,781
(+278%)

Churches of Christ Trend Data
(1929-2006)
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Year Clergy Congregations Members
2006
---
13,000
1,639,495
2005
16,350
15,000
1,639,495
1999
16,350
15,000
1,500,000
1997
15,850
14,400
1,800,000
1996
13,000
14,000
2,250,000
1995
10,000
13,020
1,655,000
1994
10,000
13,013
1,651,103
1993
10,000
13,013
1,651,103
1992
---
13,174
1,684,872
1990
---
13,134
1,683,346
1989
---
13,375
1,626,000
1987
---
13,364
1,623,754
1985
---
13,150
1,604,000
1984
---
13,100
1,600,500
1983
---
13,056
1,600,000
1982
---
12,750
1,605,000
1980
---
12,271
1,600,222
1979
---
12,700
1,600,000
1978
16,200
17,550
3,000,000
1976
12,800
17,000
2,500,000
1968
6,200
18,000
2,400,000
1965
7,000
18,500
2,350,000
1961
10,000
18,500
2,250,000
1960
8,366
18,680
2,163,493
1959
---
17,850
2,007,650
1958
12,500
17,500
2,000,000
1957
---
16,500
1,750,000
1956
8,500
16,250
1,700,000
1955
15,500
16,500
1,600,000
1954
---
16,500
1,600,000
1953
---
15,000
1,500,000
1952
15,500
16,000
1,500,000
1951
---
14,500
1,000,000
1947
---
10,000
682,172
1946
---
---
309,551
1936
---
3,815
309,551
1935
2,507
6,226
433,714
1933
---
---
433,714
1931
---
---
433,714
1929
2,507
6,226
433,714
Data Sources

Churches of Christ 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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