National Council of Church 2009 Yearbook notes decline of largest U.S. churches

yearbookcover2009a The top 25 churches reported in the 2009 Yearbook are in order of size (some ties):

  1. The Roman Catholic Church, 67,117,06 members, down 0.59 percent. (Ranked 1)
  2. The Southern Baptist Convention, 16,266,920 members, down 0.24 percent. (Ranked 2)
  3. The United Methodist Church, 7,931,733 members, down 0.80 percent. (Ranked 3)
  4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,873,408 members, up 1.63 percent .(Ranked 4)
  5. The Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members, no change reported. (Ranked 5)
  6. National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., 5,000,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 6)
  7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 4,709,956 members, down 1.35 percent. (Ranked 7)
  8. National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., 3,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 8)
  9. Presbyterian Church (USA), 2,941,412 members, down 2.79 percent (Ranked 9)
  10. Assemblies of God, 2,863,265 members, up 0.96 percent. (Ranked 10)
  11. African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 11)
  12. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, 2,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 11)
  13. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., 2,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 11)
  14. The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2,383,084 members, down 1.44 percent. (Ranked 14)
  15. The Episcopal Church, 2,116,749 members, down 1.76 percent. (Ranked 15)
  16. Churches of Christ, 1,639,495 members, no change reported. (Ranked 16)
  17. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 17)
  18. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., 1,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 17)
  19. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1,400,000 members, down 3.01 percent. (Ranked 19)
  20. American Baptist Churches in the USA, 1,358,351, down 0.94 percent. (Ranked 20)
  21. Baptist Bible Fellowship International, 1,200,000, no change reported. (Ranked 21)
  22. United Church of Christ, 1,145,281 members, down 6.01 percent. (Ranked 22)
  23. Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1,092,169 members, up 2.12 percent (Ranked 23)
  24. Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, 1,071,616 members, no change reported. (Ranked 24)
  25. Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.), 1,053,642 members, up 2.04 percent. (Ranked 25)
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