In the 1990s, the Worldwide Church of God rejected a set of distinctive doctrines and practices that had been advocated by its founder Herbert W. Armstrong. As a result, a large percentage of its ministers and members left the church and formed a number of splinter groups (as many as 150 have been counted), though most are very small house churches with but a single small center of activity. The great majority of members adhered to one of the three relatively large groups - the Living Church of God, the United Church of God, and the Philadelphia Church of God - which vary among themselves on the number of former distinctives they have maintained. [View our profile of United Church of God]
Using data from the 1980-2020 U.S. Religion Census, this list ranks U.S. Metro-Areas on the highest number of United Church of God congregations. 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]