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The survey, called "Religious Congregations and Membership: 2000" compared the membership of most U.S. denominations between 1990 and 2000. In that decade the United Methodist Church lost 6.7%, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 11.6%, the Episcopal Church 5.3%, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 2.2%, the American Baptist Church 5.7%, the Disciples of Christ 1.9%, and the United Church of Christ 14.8%.
During that time the U.S. population increased by over 13%.
Growing churches were conservative: Southern Baptists increased by 5%, the Assemblies of God 18.5%, the Roman Catholic Church 16.2%, the Churches of Christ 18.6%, the Church of God 40.2%, the Presbyterian Church in America 42.4% and the Wesleyan Church 46.9%. ---
A study conducted by the Glenmary Research Center and sponsored by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies., ''Religious Congregations and Membership: 2000,'' found that the fastest-growing religious denomination in the last 10 years was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 19% growth from 1990 to 2000. The next highest growth were the conservative Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, with 18.6 percent; the Assemblies of God, a major Pentecostal denomination, with 18.5 percent; and the Roman Catholic Church, with 16.2 percent.
Growth since 1989 Mormon +300K Presbyterians -400KMore young people declare themselves atheist.
Source: Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007 at Pew Research.
According to Characteristics of the Generations at The Episcopal Network for
The U.S. has the highest number of belivers in the developing world. See World Religions.
World Missionary EffortsThe main denominations all have international missionary efforts to reach people in developing areas where Christianity is growing at the fastest rate.
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