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-An Actual Increase in US Church Membership!

by Dr. D ~ February 15th, 2010

image In spite of all of the reported secularization of the American culture, church membership in the United States actually increased in the last year. US church membership reported in the National Council of Churches 2010 Yearbook was up 0.49 percent over 2009 with 147,383,631 members.

However, the mainline more liberal protestant denominations including the United Methodists, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Episcopal Church, American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., and the United Church of Christ, continued to decline. Also, the Southern Baptist Convention declined for the 2nd straight year along with the conservative Lutheran Church– Missouri Synod.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church, and the pentecostal Assemblies of God, and Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) denominations continued to grow along with unorthodox groups like the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

An interesting take from the report is the study on The New Immigrant Church. According to the NCC, a lot of the US church membership increase is actually due to an influx of immigrants that are substantially Christian. The new immigrants to the US have particularly bolstered the Catholic Church and many of the Pentecostal groups.

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