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Tennessee - State Membership Report (2010)

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 3,189 1,483,356 233.74
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,508 375,693 59.20
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 917 292,248 46.05
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 151 222,343 35.04
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1,432 214,118 33.74
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 211 125,748 19.81
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 379 78,597 12.39
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 280 57,490 9.06
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 141 55,739 8.78
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 225 49,330 7.77
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 99 45,675 7.20
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 61 40,314 6.35
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 126 40,053 6.31
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 159 38,381 6.05
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 173 35,847 5.65
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 268 29,453 4.64
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 172 27,874 4.39
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 73 26,036 4.10
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 214 24,351 3.84
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 133 23,068 3.63
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 129 22,016 3.47
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 20 21,754 3.43
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 38 15,384 2.42
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 58 14,681 2.31
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 77 14,146 2.23
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 12 13,631 2.15
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 47 11,840 1.87
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 23 9,935 1.57
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 64 9,606 1.51
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 8 8,486 1.34
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 124 8,448 1.33
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 7 6,195 0.98
Hinduism: Indian-American Hindu Temple Associations Hinduism Hinduism Family 6 5,584 0.88
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 10 5,400 0.85
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 71 4,742 0.75
Hinduism: Traditional Hindu Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 4 4,483 0.71
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 7 4,410 0.69
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 10 4,158 0.66
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 36 3,719 0.59
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 17 3,372 0.53
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 14 3,104 0.49
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 15 2,801 0.44
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 4 2,694 0.42
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 25 2,662 0.42
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 6 2,320 0.37
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 10 2,207 0.35
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 15 2,050 0.32
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 1,966 0.31
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 15 1,948 0.31
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 10 1,914 0.30
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 25 1,833 0.29
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 7 1,796 0.28
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 11 1,716 0.27
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 12 1,594 0.25
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 13 1,415 0.22
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 16 1,245 0.20
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 11 1,068 0.17
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 8 1,028 0.16
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 909 0.14
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4 764 0.12
Maranatha Amish Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 5 742 0.12
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 9 727 0.11
United Catholic Church Catholic Other Groups Family 1 702 0.11
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 5 582 0.09
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 10 518 0.08
Mennonite Christian Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 441 0.07
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 9 389 0.06
Hinduism: Hindu Post Renaissance Hinduism Hinduism Family 8 329 0.05
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 285 0.04
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 285 0.04
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 7 277 0.04
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 12 237 0.04
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 230 0.04
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 225 0.04
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 2 204 0.03
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4 187 0.03
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 158 0.02
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 142 0.02
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 130 0.02
Unaffiliated Amish-Mennonite (Conservative) Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 116 0.02
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 100 0.02
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 93 0.01
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 87 0.01
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 78 0.01
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 75 0.01
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 70 0.01
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 40 0.01
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 38 0.01
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 33 0.01
Apostolic Christian Church of America Evangelical Protestant Froehlich Churches Family 1 24 0.00
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 21 0.00
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Other Other Groups Family 0 16 0.00
Hinduism: Hindu Renaissance Hinduism Hinduism Family 1 12 0.00
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 8 0.00
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 6 0.00
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 20
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 22
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 10
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 12
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 4
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 14
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 5
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 25
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 23
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 6
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4
Jain Other Other Groups Family 2
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 126
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 3
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
Reformed Baptist Church Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 9
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 3
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 160
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 6,346,105 in 2010. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,522,345) included 55.5% of the total population in 2010. 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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