Largest U.S. Churches, 2005

Denomination nameMembers
(thousands)
The Roman Catholic Church 67,260
Southern Baptist Convention 16,440
United Methodist Church, The 8,251
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The 5,503
Church of God in Christ, The 5,450
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc 5,000
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 5,038
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc 4,985
Presbyterian Church (USA) 3,241
Assemblies of God 2,730
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 2,489
Episcopal Church 2,320
Churches of Christ 1,500
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 1,500
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc 1,500
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,433
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1,433
United Church of Christ 1,297
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 1,200
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 1,072
Jehovah's Witnesses 1,041
Orthodox Church in America, The 1,000
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: 2005 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches.

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