The International Churches of Christ (ICOC) was founded in 1979 under the leadership of Kip McKean. McKean led his formerly Churches of Christ (Non-instrumental) congregation to begin a rapidly growing international movement built upon one-on-one discipleship of older believers to younger. After accomplishing tremendous missionary goals, the ICOC faced internal chaos in 2000; Kip McKean and his wife eventually stepped down from leadership after their sabbatical, and the association restructured. In the past, some have accused the ICOC of being a cult; these accusations have lessened since the McKean's departure. [View our profile of International Churches of Christ]
Using data from the 1980-2020 U.S. Religion Census, this list ranks U.S. Metro-Areas on the highest percent of the population in the International Churches of Christ. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.
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 373 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 156.[More information on the data sources]