List of Christian denominations by number of members

This is a list of Christian denominations by number of members. According to the "Status of Global Mission, 2008" of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (its main campus is located in South Hamilton, MA), the number of christian denominations is about 39,000.

They belong to six ecclesiastical megablocs. The membership by 6 ecclesiastical megablocs is as follows (mid-2008); Roman Catholics 1,130.401 million, Independents 422.659 millionClarifyme|date=July 2008, Protestants 386.644 million, Orthodox 252.891 million, Anglican 82.708 million, marginal Christians 36.001 million.

Christian denominational families

Largest denominations in the world

Catholicism - 1.2 billion

*Roman Catholic Church - 1.131 billioncite web | title =Number of priests increases, but not as fast as number of Catholics | publisher =Catholic News Service | date =2008-02-29 | url =http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20080229.htm | accessdate =2008-03-09 ]
**Latin Rite - 1,109.5 million
**Eastern Rite - 21.5 million
***Alexandrian
****Coptic Catholic Church - 0.7 million
****Ethiopian Catholic Church - 0.6 million
***Antiochian (Antiochene or West Syrian)
****Maronite Catholic Church - 11.5 million (1.2 m in Lebanon, 10.3 m abroad)
****Syro-Malankara Catholic Church - 1.2 million
****Syriac Catholic Church - 0.75 million
***Armenian
****Armenian Catholic Church - 0.4 million
***Chaldean (Eastern Syrian)
****Syro-Malabar Catholic Church - 3.67 million
****Chaldean Catholic Church - 1.4 million
***Byzantine (Constantinopolitan)
****Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church - 3.8 million
****Melkite Greek Catholic Church - 1.75 million (0.74 m in the Middle East, 1.01 m abroad-expatriates)
****Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic - 0.74 million
****Hungarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.5 million
****Ruthenian Catholic Church - 0.32 million (mainly in North America)
****Belarusian Greek Catholic Church - 0.3 million
****Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.3 million
****Slovak Greek Catholic Church - 0.21 million
****Croatian Greek Catholic Church - 0.2 million
****Italo-Albanian Catholic Church - 0.06 million
****Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.03 million
****Greek Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.02 million
****Macedonian Greek Catholic Church - 0.02 million
****Russian Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.02 million
****Georgian Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million; Not recognized as a particular Church (cf. [http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG1199/_PR.HTM Canon 27] of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches)
*Old Catholic Church - 0.5 million
**Old Catholic Church of America - 0.19 million
**Old Catholic Church in Europe - 0.31 million
*Catholic Churches not under the jurisdiction of, or in communion with Rome - 9.53 million
**Philippine Independent Church - 6 million
**Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church - 0.7 million
**American Catholic Church in the United States - 0.6 million
**Mexican National Catholic Church, MNCC ( [http://www.mncc.net MNCC] ) - 0.5 million
**Catholic Apostolic National Church - 0.3 million
**Celtic Catholic Church - 0.25 million
**Ancient Apostolic Communion - 0.2 million
**Catholic Charismatic Church of Canada - 0.2 million
**Catholic Apostolic Church in North America ( [http://www.cacina.org CACINA] ) - 0.2 million
**Catholic Church, Inc. ( [http://www.catholicchurchinc.org/index.htm Catholic Church, Inc] ) - 0.08 million
**Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association - 0.08 million
**True Catholic Church - 0.08 million
**North American Old Roman Catholic Church - 0.06 million
**Polish National Catholic Church - 0.06 million
**Latin Episcopal Church of Brazil - 0.05 million
**Free Catholic Church - 0.04 million
**Liberal Catholic Church - 0.03 million
**Mariavite Church - 0.03 million
**Communion of Christ the Redeemer - 0.03 million
**Palmarian Catholic Church - 0.03 million
**Spiritus Christi - 0.01 million

Protestantism - 699 million [Jay Diamond, Larry. Plattner, Marc F. and Costopoulos, Philip J. "World Religions and Democracy". 2005, page 119. The 800 million include total of Protestantism(699 million), Anglicanism(77 million), Nontrinitarianism(23 million), and Nestorianism(1 million).( [http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/bmoraski/Democratization/Woodberry04_JOD.pdf also in PDF file] , p49)]

*Historical Protestantism - 330 million
**Baptist churches - 105 million [ [http://www.bwanet.org Baptist World Alliance] ]
***Southern Baptist Convention - 16.30 million [http://www.sbcec.net/bor/2007/2007SBCAnnual.pdf]
**Methodism - 75 million
***United Methodist Church - 12.0 million
***African Methodist Episcopal Church - 5.0 million
**Reformed churches - 75 million
***Mainstream Calvinism
****Swiss Reformed Church - 2.4 million
****Protestant Church in the Netherlands - 2.3 million
***Presbyterianism
****Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - 3.0 million
***Congregationalism
****United Church of Christ - 1.2 million
**Lutheranism - 70 million [ [http://www.lutheranworld.org/News/LWI/EN/1823.EN.html Lutheran World Federation] ]
***Evangelical Church in Germany - 26.9 million [ [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/90177.htm Germany ] ]
***Church of Sweden - 6.9 million
***Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - 4.8 million
***Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland - 4.6 million
***Church of Denmark - 4.5 million
***Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus - 4.5 million
***Church of Norway - 3.9 million
***Protestant Christian Batak Church - 3.8 million
***Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - 3.5 million
***Malagasy Lutheran Church - 3.0 million
**Anabaptism - 4.5 million
***Mennonites - 1.3 million
***Brethren in Christ - 0.4 million
***Amish - 0.2 million
***Hutterites - 0.2 million
***Church of the Brethren - 0.13 million
***Open Brethren - 1.85 million ['encyclopédie de D. BARRET, "Assemblées de Frères", 1985.]
***Quakers (with quasi non-trinitarian and unitarian affinities) - 0.35 million
*Modern Protestantism - 190 million
**Pentecostalism - 129 million
***Assemblies of God - 54.7 million [ [http://ag.org/top/about/Statistics/Statistical_Report_2005.pdf REPORT ] ]
****Assemblies of God, USA - 2.83 million
***New Apostolic Church - 11 million
***International Circle of Faith - 10.9 million [ Association of Christian Churches. Dr. James B. Gould. Washington, DC, USA. 2006. ]
***Church of God in Christ - 5.49 million
***International Church of the Foursquare Gospel - 8 million
***The Pentecostal Mission - 6.7 million
***Apostolic Church - 6 million
***Church of God (Cleveland) - 5 million
***Christian Congregation of Brazil - 2.5 million
***Church of the Lord (Aladura) - 2.5 million
***Zion Christian Church - 2.5 million
***Free Apostolic Church of Pentecost - 0.02 million
**Non-Denominational Evangelicalism - 40 million
***Calvary Chapel - 25 million
***The Vineyard - 15 million
**Restorationism - 20 million
***Seventh-day Adventists - 14 million
***Restoration Movement - 6 million
****Church of Christ - 5 million
****Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - 0.75 million
****Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ - 0.06 million


=Eastern Orthodoxy - 260 million=

*Autocephalous churches
**Russian Orthodox Church - 125 million
**Romanian Orthodox Church - 18.8 million
**Serbian Orthodox Church - 15 million
**Orthodox Church of Greece - 11 million
**Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 8.8 million
**Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church - 5.0 million
**Greek Orthodox Church of Constantinople - 3.5 million (0.08 in Turkey, 3.42 in Europe, North America, South America and Oceania)
**Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch - 2.5 million
**Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 1.65 million
**Orthodox Church in America - 1.2 million
**Polish Orthodox Church - 1 million
**Albanian Orthodox Church - 0.8 million
**Cypriot Orthodox Church - 0.55 million
**Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem - 0.36 million
**Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church - 0.074 million
*Autonomous churches
**Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) - 10.8 million [http://www.patriyarkhat.org.ua/ukr/archive/article;143;388/]
**Moldovan Orthodox Church - 2.58 million
**Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - 1.25 million
**Old Calendar Romanian Orthodox Church - 0.75 million
**Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia - 0.62 million
**Old Calendar Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 0.45 million
**Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric- 0.34 million
**Metropolis of Western Europe - 0.15 million
**Finnish Orthodox Church - 0.08 million
**Chinese Orthodox Church - 0.03 million
**Estonian Orthodox Church - 0.03 million
**Japanese Orthodox Church - 0.02 million
**Latvian Orthodox Church - 0.02 million
**Orthodox Church of Mount Sinai- 350 persons
*Churches in resistance
**Not universally recognized churches
***Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) - 31.2 million [http://www.patriyarkhat.org.ua/ukr/archive/article;143;388/]
***Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 2.4 million
***Macedonian Orthodox Church - 2 million
***Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance)- 0.75 million
***Croatian Orthodox Church - 0.36 million
***Montenegrin Orthodox Church - 0.05 million
***Orthodox Church in Italy - 0.12 million
***Karamanli Turkish Orthodox Church - 200 persons
**Churches which opted out
***Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 5.65 million
***Old Believers - 1.8 million
***Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece - 0.86 million
***Russian True Orthodox Church - 0.85 million
***Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America - 0.45 million
**Of Eastern Orthodoxy origin but not recognized by any of the Eastern Orthodox Churches
***Western Orthodox Church of America - 0.05 million
***Church of Kristenis & Katholism (K&K) - 0.02 million

Oriental Orthodox Church - 81.0 million

*"Autocephalous Churches in Communion"
**Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 16.0 million (of which 12.0 million in Egypt and Africa and 4.0 million ex-patriates mainly in Europe, North America and Australia)
**Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch - 1.8 million ( 1.2 million in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq and 0.6 million ex-patraites mainly in Sweden, Germany, North America and Australia)
**Armenian Orthodox Church - 5.0 million (3.5 million in Armenia and 1.5 million ex-patriates)
**Armenian Orthodox Church of Cilicia - 1.66 million (0.46 million in Lebanon and 1.2 million ex-patriates in North and South America and Australia)
**Indian Orthodox Church - 2.5 million (including 0.40 million in North America, Europe and Australia) (Autocephelacy not recgognized by the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch
**Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 45.0 million (42.0 million in Ethiopia and 3.0 million ex-patriates mainly in Europe and North America)
**Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church - 2.5 million
*"Autonomous Churches in Communion"
**British Orthodox Church - 0.01 million (mainly in the United Kingdom)
**French Coptic Orthodox Church - 0.012 million (mainly in France, some in Belgium and the Netherlands)
**Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church - 2.5 million
**Armenian Orthodox church of Jerusalem - 0.34 million (0.29 million in Israel, Palestine and Jordan and 0.05 million ex-patriates)
**Armenian Orthodox Church of Constantinople - 0.42 million (0.32 million in Turkey and 0.10 million ex-patriates mainly in Europe)
*"Oriental Orthodox church but not in Communion with the mainstrean Oriental Orthodox Churches"
**Malabar Independent Syrian Church of India - 0.06 million

Anglicanism - 77 million

*Anglican Communion - 75.5 million
**Church of Nigeria - 18 million
**Church of England - 17 million
**Church of Uganda - 8.8 million
**Church of South India - 3.8 million
**Anglican Church of Tanzania - 2.5 million
**Anglican Church of Southern Africa - 2.4 million
**Episcopal Church in the United States of America - 2.15 million
**Anglican Church of Canada - 2.0 million
*Continuing Anglican Movement - 1.5 million
**Episcopal Missionary Church - 0.45 million
**Reformed Episcopal Church - 0.18 million
**Anglican Church in America - 0.14 million
**Anglican Catholic Church - 0.12 million
**Orthodox Anglican Church [http://eoc.orthodoxanglican.net/ Orthodox Anglican Church] - 0.12 million
**Anglican Province of America - 0.08 million
**Anglican Episcopal Church - 0.06 million
**Anglican Catholic Church of Canada - 0.06 million
**Anglican Province of Christ the King - 0.05 million
**Holy Catholic Church (Anglican Rite) [http://www.anglicaneducationcentre.net/ Holy Catholic Church (Anglican Rite)] - 0.035 million
**American Anglican Church [http://www.americananglicanchurch.org/ American Anglican Church] . - 0.03 million
**Anglican Church in the USA [http://www.acusa.info/ Anglican Church in the USA] - 0.03 million
**United Episcopal Church of North America - 0.03 million
**Diocese of the Holy Cross - 0.02 million
**United Anglican Church [http://www.unitedanglicanchurch.org/ United Anglican Church] - 0.016 million
**Anglican Orthodox Church - 0.003 million
**Christian Episcopal Church - 0.003 million
**Southern Episcopal Church - 0.003 million
**Anglican Independent Communion Worldwide [http://www.aic.btik.com/p_Home.ikml/ - 0.002 million
**Anglican Independent Communion Worldwide - 0.002 million
**Anglican Church of America [http://www.stpaulsanglicanchurch.org/ Anglican Churches of America] - 0.002 million

Nontrinitarianism - 23 million

*Jehovah's Witnesses - 7 million
*Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) - 13.4 million
**The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 13.2 million"LDS Church says membership now 13 million worldwide", "Salt Lake Tribune", June 25, 2007.] Press Release, LDS Church, [http://www.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=80fc110c00c53110VgnVCM100000176f620aRCRD&vgnextchannel=9ae411154963d010VgnVCM1000004e94610aRCRD "One Million Missionaries, Thirteen Million Members"] , 25 June 2007.]
**Community of Christ - 0.2 million
*Iglesia ni Cristo - 1.68 million [ 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. ]
*Christadelphians - 0.34 million
*Oneness Pentecostals - 0.31 million

Nestorianism - 1 million

*Assyrian Church of the East - 0.5 million
**Chaldean Syrian Church of the East - 0.2 million
*Ancient Church of the East - 0.3 million
*Church of the East & Abroad

ee also

*List of Christian denominations

External links

* [http://www.adherents.com/ Adherents.com]
* [http://www.electronicchurch.org/ Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches]
* [http://www.ncccusa.org/ National Council of Churches USA]
* [http://pewforum.org/publications/reports/poll2002.pdf Pew Research Center - News Release 2002]

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