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pop.
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churches/
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National Baptist Convention of America world 3,500,000 - 12,000
units
3
countries
1979 Armstrong, O.K. & Marjorie Armstrong. The Baptists in America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co. (1979) [revised 2nd edition; originally published in 1967 under the title The Indomitable Baptists]; pg. 276. "The other lrge convention of black members, the National Baptist Convention of America, sometimes called the 'Unincorporated National Convention,' in 1979 represented 12,000 churches, located in most of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. It had enrolled approximately 3,500,000 members. "
National Baptist Convention of America world 3,500,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
National Baptist Convention of America world 2,500,000 - - - 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 80. "This division resulted in the formation of the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA), which has a membership estimated at 2.5 million. "
National Baptist Convention of America world 7,000,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* Doogue, Edmund (Ecumenical News International). "German Churches Contribute Much More to WCC than Others " in Presbyterian News Service, 27 Sept. 1996 (viewed online 11 March 1999). "Those of the WCC's biggest member churches that in 1995 did not pay their membership contribution, or paid only a fraction of what they were supposed to, include... the National Baptist Convention in the U.S.A. (12.6 million), the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (7.95 million), the National Baptist Convention of America (U.S.A.) (7 million)... "
National Baptist Convention of Brazil Brazil 200,000 - 1,100
units
- 1998 *LINK* Baptist World Alliance web site; page: "BWA Statistics " (viewed 31 March 1999). "Figures are for BWA affiliated conventions/unions only (no independents included). "; Table with 3 columns: Country, "Churches ", & "Members "; "1997/1998 Totals "
National Baptist Convention of Venezuela Venezuela 25,000 - 230
units
- 1998 *LINK* Baptist World Alliance web site; page: "BWA Statistics " (viewed 31 March 1999). "Figures are for BWA affiliated conventions/unions only (no independents included). "; Table with 3 columns: Country, "Churches ", & "Members "; "1997/1998 Totals "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Michigan: Detroit 200,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Bullard, George. "A congregation divided seeks new leader " in Detroit News, 19 April 1999 (viewed online 6 Oct. 1999). "DETROIT -- Black baptists, including thousands in Metro Detroit, are facing an unprecedented election to replace a racketeering leader who frittered away the denomination's money and left the church at a crossroads. For the denomination, these days are a time of turmoil and an opportunity for a new beginning. At least a half-dozen ministers from around the country are in the running to replace the Rev. Henry Lyons, the imprisoned, ousted president of the National Baptist Convention (USA). And Metro Detroit church-goers, with some 200,000 denomination members, have a lot to say about reforming the group, which is 119 years old and the largest organization of black Baptists in the country. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Tennessee: Davidson County - 9.50% - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "Shirley Zeitlen and Company Realtors "; web page: "Religion " [in Nashville, Tenn.] (viewed 15 June 1999). "65% of people in Davidson County [Tennessee, where Nashville is] describe themselves as religiously affiliated..., 20% state that they are Southern Baptists, 9.5% are National Baptists... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 1,000,000 - 8,000
units
- 1895 Armstrong, O.K. & Marjorie Armstrong. The Baptists in America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co. (1979) [revised 2nd edition; originally published in 1967 under the title The Indomitable Baptists]; pg. 244. "...1894... One year later, in Atlanta the union of the three groups [Foreign Missionary Convention, American National Baptist Convention, & Baptist National Educational Convention] took place with the formation of the National Baptist Convention of the United States of America... Membership of the churches affiliating with the National Baptist Convention at its founding totaled approximately one million, in about 8,000 churches, at least one-half of which were in the southern states, and the remainder in the northern and Middlewestern areas. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 2,600,000 - - - 1946 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 19. "The largest [of black denominations] were the National Baptist Convention of America, with 4.4 million members, and the National Baptist Convention of the United States, with 2.6 million members. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 4,557,000 - - - 1957 Spence, Hartzell. The Story of America's Religions; New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1960) [1st printing 1957]; pg. 33. "The two huge societies of Negro Baptists, the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., which claims to have about 4,557,000 members, and the National Baptist Convention of America, which embraces approximately 2,668,000... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 5,000,000 - - - 1960 Zehavi, A.M. (editor) Handbook of the World's Religions. New York: Franklin Watts (1973); pg. 8. "By 1960, there were about 22,500,000 Baptists in the U.S., in 27 bodies, the largest being the Southern Baptist Convention (nearly 9,500,000 members), the National Baptist Convention, Inc. (about 5,000,000), the National Baptist Convention (over 2,500,000), and the American Baptist Convention (approx. 1,500,000). "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 7,500,000 - - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 11. Chapter: "African Americans "; "The National Baptist Convention of the U.S.A., Inc., with over 7.5 million members in 1990, is the largest black religious denomination... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 7,000,000 - - - 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 44. "The two oldest and largest [black Christian churches in the U.S.]--the National Baptist Convention of the U.S.A., Inc., and the National Baptist Convention of America--number about 7 million and 2.7 million, respectively. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 7,500,000 - - - 1990 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Richard N. Ostling, "Strains on the Heart, " Time, 19 Nov. 1990, 88-90.]; pg. 177. "The largest black organization of any kind is the 7.5 million-member National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 7,800,000 - 30,000
units
- 1991 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994). [Source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1992]; pg. 381. Table 12.1: "Membership in Major African-American Denominations "; Number of adherents from column: "Number of Members "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,000,000 - 36,000
units
- 1992 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 248-255. Table 2: US Current Stats. (# of adherents from "inclusive membership " column, not sometimes smaller "full communicant " col.) Listed in table as "National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,200,000 - 33,000
units
- 1992 *LINK* web site for Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (accessed 1998); [Orig. source: Source: Kenneth B. Bedell, editor, Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, annual.] Table: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches: U.S. Religious Bodies with more than 60,000 Members "; "...prepared for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census... for the 1997 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 7,500,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,200,000 - 33,000
units
- 1996 World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998; K-III Reference Corp.: Macwah, NJ (1997). [Orig. sources: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 651. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Membership figs. generally based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. are inclusive: refer to all "members, " not simply full communicants.
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,000,000 - - - 1996 Magida, Arthur J. (ed). How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing (1996); pg. 40. "Today, the two largest Baptist denominations are the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc... The latter, with about eight million members, is the largest African-American religious association in the United States. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,200,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* Web site: "Arabic Paper "; web page: "Statistics of Muslims in the USA and around the World " (viewed 15 June 1999). [Written 1998.] Table: "USA by denomination in millions " [for 1996]
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 1,000,000 - - - 1998 "Henry Lyons chased with racketeering " in Christian Century (March 18-25, 1998); pg. 280. "The affidavit includes an accusation from a former secretary to Lyons that he made up figures on how many church members there were in each state; rather than 8.5 million the denomination often claims, she said, there might be fewer than 1 million. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,200,000 - 33,000
units
- 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Mahwah, NJ: PRIMEDIA Reference Inc. (1999). [Orig. sources: 1999 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 692. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. inclusive; refer to all "members ". Listed as Natl. Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,200,000 - - - 1998 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998). [Original source: 1998 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches]; pg. 77. Table: "Top 10 Christian Denominations in the US "; Rank: #4
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 8,500,000 - 33,000
units
- 1998 *LINK* Baptist World Alliance web site; page: "BWA Statistics " (viewed 31 March 1999). "Figures are for BWA affiliated conventions/unions only (no independents included). "; Table with 3 columns: Country, "Churches ", & "Members "; "1997/1998 Totals "; [Listed in table as "National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. "]
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 1,000,000 - - - 1999 Associated Press. "Philadelphia minister to lead black Baptists " in Dallas Morning News, 10 Sept. 1999; pg. 10A. "The convention... claims 8.5 million members, though at Mr. Lyons' trial, prosecutors said the figure was inflated to attract businesses. They said membership is round 1 million. Convention leaders said about 60,000 delegates and visitors attended the group's annual meeting. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA 1,000,000 - - - 1999 Smith, Vern E. "A Preacher on Trial " in Newseek, Feb. 8, 1999; pg. 39. "Lyons [president of the denomination] enticed several companies to pay $4 million to buy the group's mailing list, which he claimed contained the names of all 8.5 million members. In fact... the mailing list only had 15,000 names on it, and the organization itself may actually have fewer than a million members... Defense attorney Grady Irvin's response: It's nearly impossible to accurately estimate the number of church members since no official records are kept and that the 8.5 million figure is as good as any. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. USA - blacks 7,500,000 22.73% - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 11. Chapter: "African Americans "; "Location: United States; Population: 33 million (half of whom live in the Southern states); "The National Baptist Convention of the U.S.A., Inc., with over 7.5 million members in 1990, is the largest black religious denomination... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Utah - - 12
units
- 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Utah Churches Watch Fate of Baptist Leader: Black denomination to decide whether to oust the Rev. Lyons " in Salt Lake Tribune (March 13, 1999), viewed online 13 March 1999. "The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, leader of the nation's largest black denomination, is expected to appeal his Feb. 27 racketeering and grand theft convictions. First, however, he must weather a challenge to his presidency of the 8.5 million-member NBC when the convention's board gathers on Tuesday... Those proceedings will be closely followed by the convention's 33,000 churches worldwide, including a dozen in Utah. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Utah 12 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Utahns Put Trust in New Baptist Head " in Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sept. 1999 (viewed online 18 Sept. 1990). "The National Baptist Convention U.S.A., reeling from the imprisonment of its former leader for grand theft and racketeering... The Rev. France Davis, pastor of Salt Lake City's Calvary Baptist Church, sees Shaw as the perfect choice to lead the NBC... '...What's done is done.' Hodges hoped that attitude permeated the NBC's 33,000 churches worldwide, including the dozen the denomination has in Utah. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 5,500,000 - - - 1958 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. 106. "During the 1880s the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA) was organized... Two decades later, a dispute over control of property and publications led to a split. The larger body adopted the name the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. (NBUSA; 1958 membership 5,500,000); the smaller group retained the original title. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 6,500,000 - - - 1978 Armstrong, O.K. & Marjorie Armstrong. The Baptists in America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co. (1979) [revised 2nd edition; originally published in 1967 under the title The Indomitable Baptists]; pg. 275. "...1978... the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. [claimed] 6,500,000 members... the Baptist body, second only to the Southern Baptist Convention... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 7,000,000 - - - 1984 *LINK* web site: "Religions and Health Care " by Fr. J Mahoney, M.Div.; web page: "Membership Reported " (viewed 20 Feb. 1999); [Orig. source: J. Gordon Melton. Encyclopedia of American Religions, 6th edition, copyright 1999, Gale Publishing] Table: "Membership Reported "; 3 key columns: "Religious Group ", "Year ", "Membership " (which always specifies location, whether U.S., North America, or Total]; listed in table as "National Baptist Convention of the U.S.A. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 7,500,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 7,000,000 - - - 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 79. "...National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., which continues to be the largest convention of African Baptists anywhere in the world. Its membership presently is estimated in excess of seven million. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 12,600,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* Doogue, Edmund (Ecumenical News International). "German Churches Contribute Much More to WCC than Others " in Presbyterian News Service, 27 Sept. 1996 (viewed online 11 March 1999). "Those of the WCC's biggest member churches that in 1995 did not pay their membership contribution, or paid only a fraction of what they were supposed to, include... the National Baptist Convention in the U.S.A. (12.6 million), the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (7.95 million), the National Baptist Convention of America (U.S.A.) (7 million)... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 8,500,000 - - - 1998 "Henry Lyons chased with racketeering " in Christian Century (March 18-25, 1998); pg. 280. "The affidavit includes an accusation from a former secretary to Lyons that he made up figures on how many church members there were in each state; rather than 8.5 million the denomination often claims, she said, there might be fewer than 1 million. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 8,200,000 - - - 1998 "Lyons reportedly paid $350,000 by Nigeria " in Christian Century (Jan. 7-14, 1998); pg. 12. "...denomination's 8.2 million members [National Baptist Convention, U.S.A.]... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 1,000,000 - - - 1999 Associated Press. "Convicted church leader tearfully resigns " in Dallas Morning News (Wednesday, March 17, 1999); pg. 3A. "Prosecutors say Mr. Lyons duped businesses by claiming the convention had 8.5 million members when the real number was closer to 1 million. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 1,000,000 - - - 1999 Associated Press. "Ministers' fate is up to jurors " in Dallas Morning News (Friday, Feb. 26, 1999); pg. 7A. "Prosecutors also say the convention's claim that it has 8.5 million members was a hoax. They contend that the church organization probably has closer to 1 million members. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 8,500,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Bullard, George. "A congregation divided seeks new leader " in Detroit News, 19 April 1999 (viewed online 6 Oct. 1999). "Lyons could not even be counted on to keep accurate membership rolls. The convention claims 8.5 million faithful, but court proceedings indicate the list was padded so Lyons could sell names to companies that market insurance, funerals and other services. In one account, for example, a former Lyons mistress rummaged in a database for 'black sounding names' to add to the Baptist rolls. "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 8,500,000 - 33,000
units
- 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Utah Churches Watch Fate of Baptist Leader: Black denomination to decide whether to oust the Rev. Lyons " in Salt Lake Tribune (March 13, 1999), viewed online 13 March 1999. "The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, leader of the nation's largest black denomination, is expected to appeal his Feb. 27 racketeering and grand theft convictions. First, however, he must weather a challenge to his presidency of the 8.5 million-member NBC when the convention's board gathers on Tuesday... Those proceedings will be closely followed by the convention's 33,000 churches worldwide... "
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. world 33,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Utahns Put Trust in New Baptist Head " in Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sept. 1999 (viewed online 18 Sept. 1990). "The National Baptist Convention U.S.A., reeling from the imprisonment of its former leader for grand theft and racketeering, has taken a big step toward healing by selecting a successor known for his integrity and pulpit savvy... Lyons was convicted in state court last February, accused of having bilked businesses out of $4 million and pocketing nearly $250,000 donated by the Anti-Defamation League for rebuilding burned black churches in the South. The Rev. France Davis... sees Shaw as the perfect choice to lead the NBC out of its post-Lyons morass and back onto the road of spiritual service... '...What's done is done.' Hodges hoped that attitude permeated the NBC's 33,000 churches worldwide... "
National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A. world 2,300 - 28
units
- 1945 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 516. "National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A.: A group of 28 churches (2,300 members) oranized in 1920. There seem to be no distinctive doctrines or practices. "
National Convention of Baptist Churches Honduras 11,322 - 150
units
- 1998 *LINK* Baptist World Alliance web site; page: "BWA Statistics " (viewed 31 March 1999). "Figures are for BWA affiliated conventions/unions only (no independents included). "; Table with 3 columns: Country, "Churches ", & "Members "; "1997/1998 Totals "
National Convention of Baptist Churches of the Chilean Mission Chile 1,757 - 38
units
- 1998 *LINK* Baptist World Alliance web site; page: "BWA Statistics " (viewed 31 March 1999). "Figures are for BWA affiliated conventions/unions only (no independents included). "; Table with 3 columns: Country, "Churches ", & "Members "; "1997/1998 Totals "
National Council of Churches in India India 13,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* "Religion around the world: INDIAN CHRISTIANS RELIEVED AT HINDU COALITION'S DEMISE " in Deseret News, 24 April 1999. (Viewed online 26 April 1999.) [Orig. source: Ecumenical News International] "...K. Rajaratnam, president of the National Council of Churches in India, a forum of 29 Protestant and Orthodox churches with 13 million members. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 25,000,000 - 140,000
units
- 1945 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 275. "Most of the major Protestant bodies and one of the Eastern Catholic groups are constituent members of the Council, having 140,000 local congregations with a combined membership of well over 25,000,000. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 33,000,000 - 143,000
units
- 1950 Reeves, Thomas C. The Empty Church: Does Organized Religion Matter Anymore? Simon & Schuster: New York, NY (1998); pg. 45. "In 1950, the National Council of Churches (NCC) was created, comprised of 29 denominations, with a combined membership of 33 million church members and 143,000 congregations. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA - - - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 166. "...membership increases... do not mean that the Kingdom of God is about to arrive on earth, and not all U.S. Christians lead dedicated lives. The National Council of Churches has voiced its concern that 'the average church member is not conscpicuously different from the average nonmember.' "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 37,000,000 - - - 1959 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 248. "The National Council of Churches is a voluntary fellowship of 30 nationwide churches (denominations or communions), with a total of more than 37,000,000 members. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 35,542,000 - - - 1960 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 124. "...at the very highest level, thirty bodies, with a membership of 35,542,000 are joined in the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, formed in 1950. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA - - - - 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. 525. "National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.... A cooperative agency of many Orthodox and Protestant churches organized in 1950 from fourteen earlier ecumenical commissions and councils. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 46,829,960 - - - 1992 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994). [Source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1992.]; pg. 165. "Table 6.1: Membership in Major Faiths in the U.S., 1989-1992 "; Inclusive membership. "Mainline Protestants (members of the National Council of Churches in Christ) "; [The total.]
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 42,000,000 - - - 1992 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 224. "Only thirty-two of the many hundreds of Protestant denominations in the United States belong to the NCC. The total membership of NCC-affiliated denominations is estimated, somewhat optimistically, to be 42 million, or about 40% of all American Protestants. Nevertheless, through the years the NCC and the Federal Council before it have been represented as comprising the vast majority of the nation's Protestants... Martin Marty has written: 'everybody knows that when the mainline churches take a position, it is only six pepole in a room on Riverside Drive' (in Reichley, 1986, p. 280). But most people know nothing of the sort. Moreover, not only is it the case that the NCC member denominations are not the real American mainstream, but the NCC typically has not reflected the views of even the leaders of its member denominations, let along the rank and file (Hadden, 1969; Billingsley, 1990). "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 48,925,440 - 138,697
units
- 1993 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 260. Table 5: Constituency of the National Council of the Churches in the U.S.A.: A separate tabulation has been made of the constituent bodies of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 50,000,000 - - - 1997 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997); pg. 286. "The National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the largest ecumenical body in the United States, is an organization of 33 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican church bodies with an aggregate membership of about 50 million. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA 52,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* official web site The 34 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member communions (denominations) of the National Council of Churches have a total of 52 million members in the United States.
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. USA - - 100,000
units
- 2000 *LINK* Associated Press. "Religion Briefs: Church federation decides to allow dual membership " in Deseret News, 18 Mar 2000. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Rewriting a rule that dates from its founding in 1943, the National Association of Evangelicals has decided to admit denominations that affirm its conservative creed even if they also hold membership in the National Council of Churches.

The constitutional change by an NAE board meeting resulted from a 1999 inquiry about such dual membership from the 260,000-member Reformed Church in America, a charter member of the NCC.

The NCC, based in New York City, is the larger of the two church federations, with a constituency of 33 Protestant and Orthodox denominations that have 100,000 local congregations.

National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. world 48,925,440 - 138,697
units
- 1993 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 260. Table 5: Constituency of the National Council of the Churches in the U.S.A.: A separate tabulation has been made of the constituent bodies of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. world 50,000,000 - - 1
country
1997 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997); pg. 286. "The National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the largest ecumenical body in the United States, is an organization of 33 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican church bodies with an aggregate membership of about 50 million. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. world 52,000,000 - - 1
country
1998 *LINK* official web site Christianity:National Council of Churches:
The 34 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member communions (denominations) of the National Council of Churches have a total of 52 million members in the United States.
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. - full-time staff world 187 - - - 1976 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 224. "...further reductions in staff--in 1976 the NCC had 187 full-time employees, but by 1989 there were fewer than 70. "
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. - full-time staff world 70 - - - 1989 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 224. "...further reductions in staff--in 1976 the NCC had 187 full-time employees, but by 1989 there were fewer than 70. "


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