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Largest U.S. Churches, 2009

The following table lists the largest church denominations in the United States by members. Figures are for 2009.

Denomination nameMembers
(thousands)
The Roman Catholic Church 67,117
Southern Baptist Convention 16,266
United Methodist Church, The 7,932
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The 5,873
Church of God in Christ, The 5,450
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc 5,000
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 4,710
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc 3,500
Presbyterian Church (USA) 2,941
Assemblies of God 2,863
African Methodist Episcopal Church 2,500
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America 2,500
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc 2,500
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), The 2,383
Episcopal Church 2,117
Churches of Christ 1,639
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 1,500
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc 1,500
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1,400
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,358
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 1,200
United Church of Christ 1,145
Jehovah's Witnesses 1,092
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 1,072
Church of God 1,054
NOTE: Includes the self-reported membership of religious bodies with 650,000 or more as reported to the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Groups may be excluded if they do not supply information. The data are not standardized so comparisons between groups are difficult. The definition of “church member” is determined by the religious body.
Source: 2009 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches.

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