Pentecostal Family

Pentecostal churches emerged as a movement in early 20th century America, stressing enthusiastic worship and the restoration of practices evident in New Testament Christianity, such as speaking in tongues and healing. It is sometimes divided into "classical Pentecostalism," indicating the movement's historical bodies, and "neo-Pentecostalism," the modern movement emphasizing charismatic renewal. Pentecostal bodies include Assemblies of God and Church of God in Christ.

Maps: Pentecostal Family1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2010)

Congregations (2010)

Top 5 Pentecostal Family States (2010)1 [View all states]

Rank State Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Hawaii 55,538 40.80
2 Alabama 192,540 40.30
3 Arkansas 114,071 39.10
4 Oklahoma 132,635 35.40
5 South Carolina 155,943 33.70

Top 5 Pentecostal Family Counties (2010)1 [View all counties]

Rank County Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Christian County, Missouri 21,570 278.60
2 Galax city, Virginia 1,353 192.10
3 Spalding County, Georgia 11,504 179.50
4 Clinch County, Georgia 1,211 178.10
5 Covington city, Virginia 978 164.10

Top 5 Pentecostal Family Metro Areas (2010)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Pentecostal Family: Adherence Rates (1980 - 2010)1

Group Tradition Adh. Rate 2010 Adh. Rate 2000 Adh. Rate 1990 Adh. Rate 1980
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant 0.01
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant 9.54 9.10 8.69 7.17
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant 0.72 0.55
Bethel Ministerial Association Evangelical Protestant 0.03
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 0.03 0.02
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 3.60 3.46 2.79 2.11
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant 2.02
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 0.32 0.32 0.37 0.00
Church of God of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 0.03 0.00
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 0.05 0.03
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant
Holiness Church of God Evangelical Protestant 0.01
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3.32 3.19 0.00
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1.04 1.23 1.03 0.71
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0.01 0.02 0.02 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 0.94 0.86 0.63 0.54
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant 0.07 0.21
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 0.40 0.36 0.37 0.00
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 0.07
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant


1 Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The adherence rate is the number of people per 1,000 who are an adherent of the group. For example an adherence rate of 600 means that 600 out of every 1,000 people in this area are adherents of the Southern Baptist Convention.

These 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 sources]