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