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Tennessee - State 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 2,754 1,203,537 262.14
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,738 413,149 89.99
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1,444 226,320 49.30
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 128 114,916 25.03
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 153 92,533 20.15
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 358 85,609 18.65
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 110 41,543 9.05
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 301 38,252 8.33
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 325 36,929 8.04
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 153 32,457 7.07
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 168 23,951 5.22
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 171 23,874 5.20
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 57 21,739 4.74
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 108 20,829 4.54
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 69 19,397 4.22
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 50 14,767 3.22
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 68 14,355 3.13
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 45 11,157 2.43
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 49 10,502 2.29
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 12 7,747 1.69
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 28 5,741 1.25
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 6 5,084 1.11
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 18 4,240 0.92
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 12 2,791 0.61
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 17 2,185 0.48
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 13 1,895 0.41
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 11 1,837 0.40
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 23 1,805 0.39
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 9 1,779 0.39
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 22 1,711 0.37
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 20 1,644 0.36
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 1,044 0.23
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 10 1,002 0.22
Old Order Amish Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 6 943 0.21
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 8 899 0.20
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 12 696 0.15
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5 638 0.14
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5 617 0.13
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 6 400 0.09
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 3 304 0.07
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 255 0.06
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 6 498 0.11
Bethel Ministerial Association Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 245 0.05
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 3 219 0.05
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 148 0.03
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 146 0.03
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 4 142 0.03
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 4 56 0.01
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 36 0.01
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 35 0.01
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 20 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 18 0.00
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 0 0 0.00
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
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
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Duck River (and Kindred) Association of Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 0 0 0.00
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 0 0 0.00
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
United Baptists 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 state was 4,591,120 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,492,636) included 54.3% 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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