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Forsyth County, North Carolina - County Membership Report (1980)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 60 35,783 146.84
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 61 26,111 107.15
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 31 16,023 65.75
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 11 9,768 40.08
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 14 7,157 29.37
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 3 6,660 27.33
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 6 4,431 18.18
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 5 3,177 13.04
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 10 3,110 12.76
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 6 2,232 9.16
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 10 2,219 9.11
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 15 1,907 7.83
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 10 1,563 6.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 1,200 4.92
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4 1,022 4.19
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 1 854 3.50
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 809 3.32
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 793 3.25
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 2 789 3.24
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 737 3.02
Holiness Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 547 2.24
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 520 2.13
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 355 1.46
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 344 1.41
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 315 1.29
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 3 310 1.27
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 2 255 1.05
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 156 0.64
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 124 0.51
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 123 0.50
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 66 0.27
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 33 0.14
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 0 0 0.00
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this county was 243,683 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (129,493) included 53.1% of the total population in 1980. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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