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of
Adherents
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total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
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of
countries
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Gogo Tanzania - - - 1
country
1995 Haskins, J. From Afar to Zulu. New York: Walker Pub. (1995); pg. 191-7. Table: Add'l African Cultures
Goke-shichishu China - - - - 900 C.E. Fischer-Schreiber, Ingrid, et al. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy & Religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen. Shambhala: Boston (English: pub. 1994; orig. German: 1986); pg. 119. "Goke-shichishu: Jap., lit. 'five houses-seven schools'; general term for the 7 schools of Ch'an (Zen) during the T'ang period; these stemmed from 5 lineages ('houses' or 'families'). The 5 houses and their founders are (1) Rinzai school of Lin-chi I'hsua... (2) Igyo school of Kuei-shan Ling-yu & Yang-shan Hui-chi; (3) Soto school of Tung-shan Liang-chieh & Ts'ao-shan Pen-chi; (4) Ummon school of Yu-men Wen-yen (Jap. Ummon Ben'en); & (5) Hogen school of Fa-yen Wen-i... The 7 schools are the above-mentioned 5 houses plus the 2 further schools into which the Rinzai school split after Shi-shuang Ch'u-yuan. These 2 are (6) Yogi school of Yang-ch'i Fang-hui & (7) Oryo school of Huang-lung Hui-nan "
Gokulika Buddhism world - - - - -260 B.C.E. Fischer-Schreiber, Ingrid, et al. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy & Religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen. Shambhala: Boston (English: pub. 1994; orig. German: 1986); pg. 129. "The Hinayana enumerates the traditions of 18 schools that developed out of the original community... Between 280 and 240 B.C.E., the Mahasanghika group divided into 6 schools: The Ekavyavaharikas; the Lokottaravadins, who split from them; the Gokulikas, and the Bahushrutiyas, Prajnaptivadins, and Chaitikas, who split from the Gokulikas. "
Gokulika Buddhism world - - - - -260 B.C.E. Fischer-Schreiber, Ingrid, et al. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy & Religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen. Shambhala: Boston (English: pub. 1994; orig. German: 1986); pg. 129. "The Hinayana enumerates the traditions of 18 schools that developed out of the original community... Between 280 and 240 B.C.E., the Mahasanghika group divided into 6 schools: The Ekavyavaharikas; the Lokottaravadins, who split from them; the Gokulikas, and the Bahushrutiyas, Prajnaptivadins, and Chaitikas, who split from the Gokulikas. "
Golla Liberia - - - 1
country
1995 Haskins, J. From Afar to Zulu. New York: Walker Pub. (1995); pg. 191-7. Table: Add'l African Cultures
Gonds India 7,388,463 - - - 1981 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 220-221. "The Gonds form the largest tribal group in the Indian subcontinent, and perhaps even in the entire world. The 1981 Census recorded their population as 7,388,463 people. This figure should be regarded as approximate, since many Gond communities have become Hinduized and are no longer counted as Gonds. "
Gonds India 9,000,000 - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 220-221. "Gonds: Location: India; Population: Over 9 million; Religion: Cult of the Persa Pen (clan deities); ancestor spirit worship "; "The Gonds are numerically the most important tribe in South Asia. Strictly speaking, the term Gond is a generic one that refers to numerous tribal peoples... Most significantly, they all describe themselves as Gonds, or in the local Gondi dialects, as Koi or Koitur. "; "The most distinctive feature of Gond religion is the cult of the Persa Pen, or the clan deities. Like many other tribes in the region, Gonds worship a high god known as Baradeo, or Bhagavan... Each Gond clan has its Persa Pen, who extends its protection to all clan members... "
Gonds India 9,000,000 - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 220-221. "The Gonds form the largest tribal group in the Indian subcontinent, and perhaps even in the entire world. The 1981 Census recorded their population as 7,388,463 people. This figure should be regarded as approximate, since many Gond communities have become Hinduized and are no longer counted as Gonds. Nonetheless, even using conservative estimates of growth rates, the Gond population in India must exceed 9 million today. "
Gonds India - south - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 707. "South Asian Tribal Religions... Speakers of Dravidian languages are found mainly in South India and include primitive hunters and food gatherers such as Chenchus and Kadars, as well as relatively advanced farming peoples such as Gonds and Oraons. "
Gonja Ghana - - - 1
country
1995 Haskins, J. From Afar to Zulu. New York: Walker Pub. (1995); pg. 191-7. Table: Add'l African Cultures
Good Message movement USA - - - - 1799 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 8). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970); pg. 1091. "...the Ghost Dance was foreshadowed by a number of similar movements which had flourished and died throughout the 19th century. Among its forerunners were the 'Good Message' movement founded by Handsome Lake among the Iroquois confederation in 1799... "
Good Samaritan Army Michigan - - - - 1913 McKinley, Edward H. Marching to Glory: The History of the Salvation Army in the United States of America, 1880-1980. San Francisco: Harper & Row (1980); pg. 115. "In December 1913, Brigadier A.E. Kimball... wrote in despair to the national chief secretary, pleading for 'some way out of the present difficulty we have in connection with so many Armies.' There was the Afro-American Army in Philadelphia (an especially disreputable swindle), the Good Samaritan Army in Detroit, and Christian Army in Nashville and Louisville. "
Gosiute North America - Great Basin 300 - - - 1300 C.E. Terrell, John Upton. American Indian Almanac. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1974); pg. 389. Table: "The Great Basin: Earliest Population Estimates " (mainly relying on James Mooney, John R. Swanson, & A. L. Kroeber); "Godiute (Aboriginal): 300(?) "
Gosiute Utah: Salt Lake County - - - - 1750 Terrell, John Upton. American Indian Almanac. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1974); pg. 384. "The Gosiute, a small group of the Western Shoshoni, lived in the vicinity of the Great Salt Lake in northern Utah, enduring what was probably the most wretched existence of any Indians in America. "; Pg. 385: "The celebrated scholar and religious [sic], Father Pierre Jean De Smet, was the first missionary to meet Indians of northern Utah. There is some question as to which group he encountered, but they probably were Gosiutes and other Western Shoshoni. He wrote: 'There is not, very likely, in all the universe a more miserable, more degraded and poorer people... they range the barren plains in search of ants and grasshoppers, on which they feed... "
Gosiute world 300 - - - 1300 C.E. Terrell, John Upton. American Indian Almanac. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1974); pg. 389. Table: "The Great Basin: Earliest Population Estimates " (mainly relying on James Mooney, John R. Swanson, & A. L. Kroeber); "Godiute (Aboriginal): 300(?) "
Gospel Assemblies (Jolly) USA 4,000 - 30
units
1
country
1970 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Other Pentecostals; pg. 295. "Gospel Assemblies (Jolly)... In 1952, Elder Tom M. Jolly became pastor of the Gospel Assemblies (Sowders) congregation in St. Louis, succeeding Dudley Frazier. In 1965, Jolly led supporters to separate from the older, larger Gospel Assemblies group. Under his leadership there has been a marked tendency to centralized congregations in or near major urban areas... The number of congregations (originally twelve) had more than doubled in the first five years. "
Gospel Assemblies (Sowders/Goodwin) USA 10,000 - 90
units
- 1970 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Other Pentecostals; pg. 295-296. "Gospel Assemblies (Sowders/Goodwin)... Des Moines, IA [H.Q.]... Membership: Not reported. In 1970, there were 90 congregations and approximately 10,000 members. Gospel assemblies in fellowship with the Gospel Assembly Church in Des Moines can no be found across the United States (including Hawaii), Canada, and a number of foreign countries. "
Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Atlanta) Georgia, USA 7,000 - 2
units
1
country
1984 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Latter Rain Pentecostals; pg. 285. "Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Atlanta)... Marietta, GA [H.Q.]... was founded in 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Earl P. Paulk, Jr. and Harry A. Muchegan... Membership: In 1984 there were two churches in the U.S.; the church in Marietta [Georgia] had 1,000 members and the one in Decatur [an Atlanta suburb], 6,000. "
Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Buffalo) Canada - - 1
unit
- 1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 296. "There are two congregations, one in Buffalo and one in Toronto. "
Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Buffalo) New York - - 1
unit
- 1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 296. "There are two congregations, one in Buffalo and one in Toronto. "
Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Buffalo) Ontario - - 1
unit
- 1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 296. "There are two congregations, one in Buffalo and one in Toronto. "
Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Buffalo) USA - - 1
unit
- 1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 296. "There are two congregations, one in Buffalo and one in Toronto. "
Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Buffalo) world 2,000 - 2
units
3
countries
1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Other Pentecostals; pg. 296. "Gospel Harvesters Evangelistic Association (Buffalo)... A second Pentecostal body, identical in name to the church headquartered in Atlanta and completely separate in organization, is the Gospel harvesters Evangelistic Association in Buffalo, New York, founded in 1962 by Rose Pezzino. No information on doctrine or polity is available. Foreign work has started in Manilla and India. Membership: Not reported. There are two congregations, one in Buffalo and one in Toronto. There are individual believers in the South. In the mid-1970s, there were an estimated 2,000 adherents. "
Gospel Mission Corps world 175 - 7
units
- 1972 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Holiness Family; section: 20th Century Holiness; pg. 219. "Gospel Mission Corps... Hightstown, MD [H.Q.]... was founded by Robert S. Tarton II, a graduate of the Pillar of Fire Bible Seminary of Zarephath, New Jersey. He began a mission at Hightstown, Maryland, which grew into the Gospel Mission Corps in 1962... Membership: Not reported. In 1972 there were 7 churches, 175 members... "
Gospel Spreading Church world - - - - 1991 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Holiness Family; section: Black Holiness; pg. 223. "Gospel Spreading Church... Washington, DC [H.Q.]... sometimes called Elder Michaux Church of God or the Radio Church of God, was founded by Lightfoot Solomon Michaux (1885-1968), a minister in the Church of God (Holiness)... By 1934 he was on over 50 stations nationwide, with an estimated audience of 25,000,000. His show was also carried internationally by shortwave. He mixed holiness themes with positive thinking... In 1964 he reorganized his followers as the Gospel Spreading Church, but most of the congregations continued to call themselves the Church of God. Membership: Not reported. "
Govera Zimbabwe - - - 1
country
1995 Haskins, J. From Afar to Zulu. New York: Walker Pub. (1995); pg. 191-7. Table: Add'l African Cultures
Grace and Hope Mission world - - 12
units
- 1968 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Holiness Family; section: 20th Century Holiness; pg. 219. "Grace and Hope Mission... Baltimore, MD [H.Q.]... was founded in 1914 by Miss Mamie E. Caske and Miss Jennie E. Goranflo, who opened a gospel mission in Baltimore. The work grew so that by the late 1960s there were 12 centers, mostly in large cities. "
Grace and Hope Mission world 800 - 12
units
- 1988 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Holiness Family; section: 20th Century Holiness; pg. 219. "Grace and Hope Mission... The doctrine is Wesleyan-Protestant with an emphasis on evangelism, holiness, and the hopes of the second coming. The officers, all single females, wear a black uniform with red trimming and the Mission's emblem... Membership: In 1988 the mission reported 12 centers. There is no formal membership, but approx. 800 people participate in the mission's activities. "
Grace Brethren Alaska - - 7
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Arizona - - 5
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren California - - 36
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Colorado - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Connecticut - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Delaware - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Florida - - 22
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Georgia, USA - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Hawaii - - 3
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Indiana - - 18
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Iowa - - 8
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Kansas - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Kentucky - - 3
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Maryland - - 10
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Michigan - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Nebraska - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren New Jersey - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren New Mexico - - 4
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren North America - - - - 1939 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 119-120. "Brethren, Church of the... founded in Germany in 1708... Smaller groups stemming from the Brethren are: Old German Baptist Brethren (1881), Brethren Church (1883), Dunkard Brethren (1926), and Grace Brethren (1939). "
Grace Brethren North Carolina - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Ohio - - 47
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Oregon - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Pennsylvania - - 53
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren South Carolina - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Tennessee - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Texas - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren USA - - 268
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Vermont - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Virginia - - 16
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren Washington - - 13
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren West Virginia - - 3
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site (viewed circa Sept. 1998) directory of churches [Grace Brethren -- historical branch of Schwarzenau Brethren]
Grace Brethren world 41,767 - - - 1985 *LINK* web site: "New Religious Movements " (University of Virginia); web page: "Brethren " (viewed 31 Jan. 1999); "Created by Kristin Kegerreis For Sociology 497, Fall 1998 " "...the Grace Brethren Church with 41,767 members as of 1985 (Melton:440). "
Grace Chapel Massachusetts 2,150 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table; "size " is avg. weekly attendance. Study finding all U.S. megachurches.; Indep. cong. in Lexington, MA; pastor Gordon McDonald.
Grace Community Church Arizona 2,700 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table; "size " is avg. weekly attendance. Study finding all U.S megachurches.; Indep. cong. in Tempe, AZ; pastor Larry Finch.
Grace Community Church California 10,000 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table, grouped by state, columns for city, state, "size " (avg. weekly attendance), etc. From study finding all U.S. megachurches (congreg. w/ "consistent weekly attendance of at least 2,000 persons "); Grace Co. Church - independent church in Sun Valley, CA - John MacArthur, pastor.
Grace Community Church of South Africa South Africa 160 - 5
units
- 1990 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Africa: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " SOUTH AFRICA: Grace Community Church of South Africa... Members (1990): 160+/-; Congregations: 5
Grace Gospel Evangelistic Association International, Inc. world - - - 7
countries
1971 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Other Pentecostals; pg. 296. "Grace Gospel Evangelistic Association International, Inc. (Defunct)... was formed in the mid-1930s by Penteocstals of a Calvinisti (predestinarian) theological background... By the early 1970s the association had approximately 70 ministesr and missionaries, and foreign congregations could be found in Canada, Jamaica, Colombia, Formosa, Japan, and India. A periodical, Grace Evangel, was published. In the late 1980s, however, the association was disbanded and many of the formerly affiliated congregations merged into other pentecostal groups or became independent churches. "


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