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Tennessee

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,384,381 273,889 533,145 223,045 10,422 97,463 2,823,760
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,754 1,203,537 262.14
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,738 413,149 89.99
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,444 226,320 49.30
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 358 85,609 18.65
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 325 36,929 8.04
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 301 38,252 8.33
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 171 23,874 5.20
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 168 23,951 5.22
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 153 32,457 7.07
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 153 92,533 20.15
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 128 114,916 25.03
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 110 41,543 9.05
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 108 20,829 4.54
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 69 19,397 4.22
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 68 14,355 3.13
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 57 21,739 4.74
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 50 14,767 3.22
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 49 10,502 2.29
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 45 11,157 2.43
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 5,741 1.25
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,805 0.39
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 22 1,711 0.37
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 1,644 0.36
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 4,240 0.92
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 2,185 0.48
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 1,895 0.41
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 12 696 0.15
Jewish Other Judaism 12 7,747 1.69
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 2,791 0.61
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,837 0.40
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,002 0.22
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 1,779 0.39
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 899 0.20
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,044 0.23
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 5,084 1.11
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 400 0.09
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 943 0.21
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 617 0.13
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 638 0.14
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 56 0.01
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 142 0.03
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 148 0.03
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 219 0.05
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 249 0.05
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 304 0.07
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 255 0.06
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 146 0.03
Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 245 0.05
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 20 0.00
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 35 0.01
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 36 0.01
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.00
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 8,529 2,492,387  

The population of Tennessee was 4,591,120 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,492,387) included 54.3% of the total population in 1980.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.


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