World Religion Data – 2001

Table 1-1: World Religions:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

2050

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % Adherents % countries
All Christians 22,708,799 2,501,396 25,210,195 1.36 1,999,563,838 33.0 2,616,670,052 33.4 3,051,564,342 34.3 238
PROFESSION

crypto-Christians

1,408,763 703,798 2,112,561 1.89 123,726,489 2.0 190,490,250 2.4 246,319,348 2.8 63

professing Christians

21,299,796 1,797,505 23,097,301 1.32 1,875,627,394 31.0 2,426,157,502 31.0 2,805,218,484 31.5 238
AFFILIATION
unaffiliated Christians 1,305,142 -381,603 923,539 0.87 111,124,545 1.8 125,711,785 1.6 124,655,275 1.4 237
All affiliated Christians 21,403,655 2,883,011 24,286,666 1.39 1,888,439,293 31.2 2,490,958,267 31.8 2,926,909,067 32.9 238

Roman Catholics

13,117,804 -355,181 12,762,623 1.29 1,057,328,093 17.5 1,361,965,255 17.4 1,564,603,495 17.6 235

Independents

4,495,891 3,925,017 8,420,908 2.49 385,745,407 6.4 581,642,120 7.4 752,842,240 8.5 221

Protestants

4,224,076 341,161 4,565,237 1.44 342,001,605 5.6 468,632,927 6.0 574,418,922 6.4 233

Orthodox

750,901 385,410 1,136,311 0.54 215,128,717 3.6 252,715,940 3.2 266,806,050 3.0 135

Anglicans

1,071,503 73,897 1,145,400 1.56 79,649,642 1.3 113,746,355 1.5 145,983,770 1.6 166

Marginal Christians

269,292 153,482 422,774 1.79 26,060,230 0.4 45,554,730 0.6 62,200,556 0.7 215

doubly-affiliated

-2,458,025 -1,558,424 -4,016,449 2.34 -194,779,901 -3.2 -308,401,610 -3.9 -413,843,966 -4.6 93

disaffiliated

-67,786 -82,351 -150,137 0.69 -22,694,500 -0.4 -24,897,450 -0.3 -26,102,000 -0.3 11
Trans-megabloc groupings

Evangelicals

2,839,602 893,484 3,733,086 1.97 210,602,983 3.5 327,834,735 4.2 448,862,899 5.0 5.0

Pentecostals/Charismatics

7,016,903 2,812,254 9,829,157 2.10 523,777,994 8.7 811,551,594 10.4 1,066,318,949 12.0 238

Great Commission Christians

6,180,025 2,535,490 8,715,515 1.46 647,820,987 10.7 887,578,895 11.3 1,097,449,417 12.3 238
All NON-CHRISTIANS 56,151,992 -2,451,050 53,650,481 1.43 4,055,485,162 67.0 5,207,032,948 66.6 5,857,530,658 65.7 238
All Muslims 21,723,118 865,558 22,588,676 2.13 1,188,242,789 19.6 1,784,875,653 22.8 2,229,281,610 25.0 204
All Sunnis 18,214.974 465,783 18,680,757 2.08 1,002,542,801 16.6 1,467,825,653 18.8 1,767,356,610 19.8 195

Hanafites

9,480,204 385,753 9,865,957 2.07 531,417,801 8.8 724,355,653 9.3 868,156,610 9.7 9.7 135

Shafiites

4,590,019 99,981 4,690,000 2.20 239,900,000 4.0 393,500,000 5.0 472,900,000 5.3 105

Malikites

3,925,302 64,698 3,990,000 2.00 221,900,000 3.7 346,600,000 4.4 408,700,000 4.6 65

Wahhabites

91,447 -2,147 89,300 1.37 7,000,000 0.1 9,668,000 0.1 13,350,000 0.1 10

Hanbalites

28,002 17,498 45,500 2.20 2,325,000 0.0 3,370,000 0.0 4,250,000 0.0 0.25
All Sufis 3,027,781 492,219 3,520,000 1.62 237,400,000 3.9 356,200,000 4.6 445,000,000 5.0 204
All Shias 3,029,003 313,863 3,460,000 2.30 170,100,000 2.8 286,000,000 3.7 410,000,000 4.6 75

Ithna-Asharis

2,540,722 167,778 2,708,500 2.23 136,655,000 2.3 229,178,000 2.9 333,175,000 3.7 70

Ismailis

472,710 83,290 556,000 2.70 23,772,000 0.4 40,950,000 0.5 55,200,000 0.6 45

Zaydis

95,925 67,675 163,600 2.30 8,042,000 0.1 13,192,000 0.2 17,775,000 0.2 10
All Alawites 19,646 12,254 31,900 2.20 1,631,000 0.0 2,680,000 0.0 3,850,000 0.0 15
All Islamic schismatics 296,588 85,912 382,500 3.00 14,950,000 0.2 27,700,000 0.4 47,725,000 0.5 110

Ahmadis

156,461 61,139 217,600 3.25 7,950,000 0.1 14,700,000 0.2 24,100,000 0.3 75

Other sectarian Muslims

58,271 18,329 76,600 3.46 2,654,000 0.0 5,697,000 0.1 13,267,000 0.1 30

Black Muslims

25,317 10,683 36,000 2.49 1,650,000 0.0 2,910,000 0.0 5,020,000 0.1 5

Karijites

26,901 3,799 30,700 2.10 1,636,000 0.0 2,620,000 0.0 3,145,000 0.0 10

Druzes

15,943 1,057 17,000 2.31 834,000 0.0 1,402,000 0.0 1,710,000 0.0 15

Yazidis

3,695 905 4,600 2.30 226,000 0.0 371,000 0.0 483,000 0.0 10
All Hindus 13,194,111 -660,377 12,533,734 1.69 811,336,265 13.4 1,049,230,740 13.4 1,175,297,850 13.2 114

Vaishnavites

8,026,116 -478,522 8,704,638 1.74 549,583,323 9.1 708,160,740 9.1 791,806,850 8.9 90

Shaivites

3,435,964 -118,836 3,354,800 1.70 216,260,000 3.6 278,900,000 3.6 312,410,000 3.5 60

Saktists

325,539 72,461 398,000 1.70 25,720,000 0.4 33,150,000 0.4 37,132,000 0.4 35

Neo-Hindus

389,426 17,274 406,700 2.70 17,385,000 0.3 23,200,000 0.3 27,300,000 0.3 65

Reform Hindus

65,884 6,916 72,800 1.80 4,460,000 0.1 5,820,000 0.1 6,650,000 0.1 30
Nonreligious 6,639,206 -535,100 6,104,106 0.83 768,158,954 12.7 875,120,895 11.2 887,994,945 10.0 236
Chinese folk-religionists 3,801,126 -85,578 3,715,548 1.02 384,806,732 6.4 448,842,560 5.7 454,332,660 5.1 89
All Buddhists 3,530,918 156,609 3,687,527 1.09 359,981,757 5.9 418,344,730 5.3 424,607,060 4.8 126

Mahayana

1,951,178

100,357

2,050,821

1.08

202,232,757

3.3

235,264,730

3.0

238,772,060

2.7

115

Theravada

1,372,933

40,933

1,412,000

1.10

136,259,000

2.3

158,200,000

2.0

160,575,000

1.8

30

Lamaists

207,381

15,319

222,700

1.10

21,490,000

0.4

24,980,000

0.3

25,380,000

0.3

30

Ethnoreligionists 4,098,003 -1,264,887 2,833,116 1.33 228,366,515 3.8 277,247,150 3.5 303,598,980 3.4 142
Animists 3,985,506 -1,238,592 2,746,914 1.37 216,160,890 3.6 263,990,700 3.4 290,789,380 3.3 142
Shamanists 122,433 -30,971 91,462 0.78 12,298,267 0.2 13,256,450 0.2 12,809,600 0.1 12
Atheists 1,315,322 -878,227 437,095 0.30 150,089,508 2.5 159,544,080 2.0 169,150,200 1.9 161
New-Religionists (Neoreligionists) 1,032,400 -36,405 995,995 1.03 102,356,297 1.7 114,720,210 1.5 118,845,140 1.3 60
Sikhs 363,677 28,961 392,638 1.87 23,258,412 0.4 31,377,860 0.4 37,058,960 0.4 34
All Jews 194,962 -70,447 124,515 0.91 14,434,039 0.2 16,053,350 0.2 16,694,500 0.2 134

Ashkenazis

151,611 -56,103 95,508 0.91 11,079,939 0.2 12,321,550 0.2 12,811,700 0.1 120

Oriental Jews

32,524 -11,924 20,600 0.91 2,378,000 0.0 2,645,000 0.0 2,750,000 0.0 25

Sefardis

13,028 -4,828 8,200 0.90 952,000 0.0 1,060,0Oo 0.0 1,105,000 0.0 80

Karaites

331 -131 200 0.87 24,100 0.0 26,800 0.0 27,800 0.0 5

Samaritans

7 -7 0 0.00 500 0.0 500 0.0 500 0.0 5
All Spiritists 137,163 80,748 217,911 1.96 12,333,735 0.2 16,211,780 0.2 20,709,300 0.2 55

Afro-American spiritists

15,524 4,149 19,673 2.05 1,071,735 0.0 1,609,190 0.0 2,116,020 0.0 18

Afro-Brazilian cultists

65,460 22,224 87,684 2.15 4,576,844 0.1 6,100,000 0.1 8,000,000 0.1 1

High Spintists

53,725 29,275 83,000 2.53 3,750,000 0.1 5,100,000 0.1 7,000,000 0.1 20

Afro-Caribbean religionists

1,162 1,818 2,980 3.30 107,397 0.0 183,800 0.0 256,100 0.0 5
Baha’is 117,158 26,333 143,491 2.28 7,106,420 0.1 12,062,150 0.2 18,000,900 0.2 218
Confucianists 55,739 -11,434 44,305 0.73 6,298,597 0.1 6,817,950 0.1 6,952,900 0.1 15
Jains 74,539 -39,588 34,951 0.87 4,217,979 0.1 6,115,650 0.1 6,732,770 0.1 10
Shintoists 8,534 -40,527 -31,993 -1.09 2,761,845 0.0 2,122,950 0.0 1,655,400 0.0 8
I Taoists 25,397 -155 25,242 1.00 2,654,514 0.0 3,066,300 0.0 3,272,200 0.0 5
Zoroastrians 45,391 13,080 58,471 2.65 2,543,950 0.0 4,439,930 0.1 6,964,700 0.1 24
Mandeans 823 -85 738 2.12 38,977 0.0 58,000 0.0 76,000 0.0 2
Other religionists 9,189 471 9,660 0.99 1,028,519 0.0 1,442,430 0.0 1,861,820 0.0 76
doubly-counted religionists -214,784 -50,346 -265,130 2.04 -14,530,637 -0.2 -20,665,000 -0.3 -25,516,000 -0.3 24
World A (unevangelized persons) 28,353,920 -31,963,512 -3,609,592 -0.22 1,629,374,957 26.9 1,845,405,668 23.6 1,806,052,390 20.3 238
World B (evangelized non-Christians) 27,798,072 29,462,116 57,260,188 0.27 2,426,110,205 40.1 3,361,627,280 43.0 4,051,478,268 45.5 238
World C (Christians) 22,708,799 2,501,396 25,210,195 1.36 1,999,563,838 33.0 2,616,670,052 33.4 3,051,564,342 34.3 238
Global population 78,860,791 0 78,860,791 1.41 6,055,049,000 100.0 7,823,703,000 100.0 8,909,095,000 100.0 238

(David A. Barrett, World Christian Encyclopedia, 2001, p 4)

Table 1-2: Over the next 24 hours period, these average increases will occur:

Category Amount
World population increase in 24 hrs.
Births (new persons born) 340,500
Deaths (new persons dying) 144,000
Increase in population 196,000
International migrants 275,000
Households (families) 104,100
Literates 281,000
Urbanization increase in 24 hrs.
Cities (over 50,000 pop) 2
Metropolises (over 100,000) 1
Non-Christian urbanites 129,000
Urban dwellers (urbanites) 190,400
Rural dwellers 3,500
Deforestation (sq km destroyed) 2,600
Urban poor 77,000
Urban slum dwellers 38,000
World religions increase in 24 hrs.
New non-Christian religions 2
Non-Christians 147,000
Christians 69,000
Muslims 68,000
Atheists 1,200
Baha’is 400
Buddhists 10,600
Chinese folk-religionists 10,700
Confucianists 120
Ethnoreligionists 8,200
Hindus 37,000
Jains 100
Jews 350
New-Religionists 2,800
Nonreligious 16,700
Shintoists -90
Sikhs 1,100
Spiritists 600
Taoists 70
Zoroastrians 160
Global Christianity increase in 24 hrs.
New baptized church members 122,000
Christian deaths 50,000
Evangelicals 11,000
Urban Christians 61,000
Pentecostals/Charismatics/Neocharismatics 30,000
Great Commission Christians 25,500
Christian martyrs 470
Ecclesiastical membership increase in 24 hrs.
Anglicans 3,400
Independents 26,000
Marginal Christians 1,200
Orthodox 3,200
Protestants 13,300
Roman Catholics 37,000
Membership by continent increase in 24 hrs.
Africa 24,500
Asia 19,400
Europe 2,200
Latin America 21,000
Northern America 5,000
Oceania 800

(David A. Barrett, World Christian Encyclopedia, 2001, p 5)

Table 1-3 Organized Christianity: Global totals in 1995 AD

Note: Denomination is defined as an organization within a single country. This means that if the Roman Catholic church is in 234 countries, it would have a at least 234 denominations. Conversely, To say the Roman Catholic church has 239 denominations in 234 countries, is a conclusion that seriously misreads the data. On the other hand, the fact that there are 8848 denominations in the Protestant column, does not mean there are 8848 Protestant denominations as Catholics suggest. If you divide 8848 by the 237 countries, you come up with a figure of only actual 37 denominations in 237 countries.

Mega-bloc Denominations in 1995 countries
Roman Catholic 239 234
Orthodox 764 133
Protestant 8848 231
Anglicans 168 162
Marginal 1,488 215
Independent 21,582 220
Total 33,089 237

(David A. Barrett, World Christian Encyclopedia, 2001, p 12)

 

Table 1-4: Adherents of Christians vs. Muslims on 6 continents:

Africa:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % countries
Christians 7,934,453 438,975 8,373,428 2.68 360,232,182 45% 633,803,970 48.8% 60
Muslims 6,500,295 130,471 6,630,767 2.37 282,641,990 40.6% 519,347,830 40.0% 58
Asia:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % countries
Christians 4,046,396 2,365,720 6,412,116 2.32 312,849,430 8.5% 464,800,100 9.8% 50
Muslims 15,156,918 463,200 15,620,118 2.10 832,878,936 22.5 1,219,867,230 25.7% 50
Europe:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % countries
Christians 606,981 315,389 922,370 .17 559,642,545 76.8 554,586,470 79% 48
Muslims 6,035 229,994 236,029 .78 31,566,311 4.3% 36,004,880 5.1% 44
Latin America:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % countries
Christians 7,426,256 -250,598 7,175,658 1.63 481,102,373 92.7% 641,115,950 92.0% 46
Muslims 20,296 9,572 29,868 1.99 1,672,011 .3% 2,638,130 .4% 40
North America:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % countries
Christians 2,354,524 -337,930 2,016,594 .81 260,624,388 84.2% 290,345,170 79.9% 5
Muslims 37,040 26,929 63,969 1.56 4,449,696 1.4% 6,520,040 1.8% 3
Oceania:

Annual change, 1990-2000

2000

2025

Religion Natural Conversion Total Rate Adherents % Adherents % countries
Christians 340,036 -30,117 309,919 1.33 25,109,520 82.6% 32,010,392 80.7% 28
Muslims 2,790 5,012 7,802 3.04 301,292 1% 497,233 1.3% 8

(David A. Barrett, World Christian Encyclopedia, 2001, p 13-15)

 

Table 1-5 Organized Christianity: global membership ranked by 6 major ecciesiastico-cultural megablocs and 300 major traditions, AD 1970-2025

a. This table is derived from the 238 Country Tables 2 in Part 4 “Countries” for all countries.

b. All figures are given to the last digit In order that totals here, and in all other tables, shall add up exactly. When quoting any aggregate or global figures in these tables, therefore, they should be rounded, either to the nearest thousand, or ten thousand, or 0.1%, or 1% as may be appropriate to the reader’s requirements.

c. Meaning of columns.

1. Ecclesiastical bloc. On these 6 lines are given the global statistical totals applicable to each bloc, and also, at the end of the table, for global church membership.

1-2. Ecclesiastical tradition. Under each of the 6 blocs are specified each’s major constituent ecclesiastical traditions, listed In their codes’ alphabetical order. First comes the 3-letter code as used in Tables 2, then the full name of each tradition. At the end of each listing for a bloc, the line ‘Other’ (whose code In Tables 2 Is a blank space) then sums any smaller residual, aggregate or unspecified traditions in that bloc.

3-4. Congregations (worship centers) and adult church members (all referring to the year 1995). These two columns are totals derived directly by addition from columns in Country Tables 2 far all countries..

5-6. Affiliated church members (total Christian community) In 1970 and 1995.

7-12. denominations: A denomination Is dented in this Encyclopedia as organized aggregate of worship centers or congregations of similar ecclesiastical tradition within a specific country. i.e as an organized Christian church or tradition or group or community of believers within a specific country, whose component core and members are called by the same denominational name in different areas, as one autonomous Christian church distinct from other denominations, churches and traditions. As defined here, world Christianity consists of 6 major ecclesiastical traditions divided into 300 major ecclesiastical traditions, composed of over 33. 000 distinct denominations in 230 countries, these denominations themselves being composed of over 3,400.000 worship centers, churches or congregations.

25 ORTHODOX subgroups (sects/denominations) (Table 1-5)

2
Name

3
Congregations
1995

6
Affiliated
1995

11
Denominations 2000

13
countries

ORTHODOX Total

90,900

209,624,000

781

133

Albanian / Greek-speaking (Orthodox)

600

537,000

6

4

Arabic or Arabic / Greek-speaking Orthodox

1,100

1,380,000

31

29

Armenian Orthodox (Gregorian)

1,100

5,593,000

50

47

Bulgarian Orthodox

4,200

6,384,000

20

20

Byelorussian / Belorussian (While Russian / White Ruthenian)

900

4,854,000

7

6

Coptic Orthodox

2500

9,234000

25

24

Czech / Slavonic-speaking Orthodox

100

50,000

1

1

Estonian Orthodox

100

209,000

5

5

Ethiopic, Ethiopian Orthodox, GoOez-speaking

13,100

21,902,000

15

15

Finnish / Slavonic-Speaking Orthodox

40

65,000

2

2

Georgian Orthodox

600

2,589,000

9

9

Greek Orthodox

36,000

14,912,000

78

72

Hungarian / Slavonic-speaking Orthodox

40

50,000

1

1

Latvian Orthodox

100

250,000

1

1

Macedonian Orthodox

1,000

1,259,000

5

5

Moldavian Orthodox

200

1,303,000

3

3

Assyrian or Nestoran (East Syrian, Messihaye (Christians)

200

243,000

19

18

Polish/Slavonic-speaking Orthodox

400

1,021,000

2

2

Romanian Orthodox

8,300

19,271,000

23

23

Russian Orthodox

11,200

80,451,000

59

51

Serbian Orthodox

3100

7286,000

23

21

Slovak Orthodox

10

22,000

1

1

Syro-Malabarese (Eastern-Syrian), Syriac/Malayalam-speaking

1,600

2,251,000

12

12

Syrian, Syriac-speaking Orthodox or Syro-Antiochian

700

1,018,000

25

24

Ukrainian Orthodox

3,100

27,121,000

10

9

 

22 ROMAN CATHOLIC subgroups (sects/denominations) (Table 1-5)

2
Name

3
Congregations
1995

6
Affiliated
1995

11
Denominations 2000

13
countries

ROMAN CATHOLIC

328,000

994,154000

242

235

Armenian (Eastern-rite Catholic)

100

151000

_

15

Bulgarian (Byzantine rite)

30

20000

_

1

Byzantine-rite (jurisdiction for more than one ethnic group)

100

154,000

_

3

Chaldean (Eastern Syrian rile)

100

312,000

_

9

Coptic (Alexandrian rite)

200

190000

_

1

Ethmpic, Alexandrian rite)

200

141,000

_

2

Greek (Byzantine rite)

10

2000

_

2

Hungarian (Byzantine rite)

200

281000

_

1

Italo-Albanian (Byzantine rile)

100

62,000

1

Jurisdiction for both Latin-rite and Eastern-rite Catholics

600

1,599,000

38

9

Latin-roe Catholic

315,300

975,673000

204

229

Malankara (Syro-Antiochian Eastern Syrian), Syro-Malankarese

900

311,000

_

1

Maronite (Syro-Antiochian, Western Syrian)

1,000

2,978,000

_

11

Melkite (Byzantine, Greek Catholic; Arabic-speaking)

500

1,116,000

_

12

Oriental (Jurisdiction for several Eastern rites)

40

255,000

_

3

Ian Byzantine rite

1,600

2,012,000

_

2

Russian (Byzantine rite)

2

10,000

_

1

Ruthenian (Byzantine rite)

400

391000

_

2

Slovak (Byzantine rite)

300

239000

_

2

Syro-Malabarese (Eastern Syrian)

2,600

3,055,000

_

1

Syrian, Syriac-speaking (Syro-Antiochian West Syrian)

100

111,000

_

7

Ukrainian Byzantine rite

3,700

5,093,000

_

10

7 ANGLICAN subgroups (sects/denominations) (Table 1-5)

2
Name

3
Congregations
1995

6
Affiliated
1995

11
Denominations 2000

13
countries

ANGLICAN

91.800

74.521.000

168

162

Anglo-Catholic

5.000

1,965,000

38

39

Central or Broad Church Anglican

5,50

9,292,000

31

32

Ecumenical (Anglican / Protestant / Orthodox joint parishes)

70

120,00

1

1

Anglican Evangelical. Evangelical Anglican

18,500

15,345,00

11

12

High Church Anglican (Prayer Book Catholic)

12,80

7,604,00

31

30

Low Church Anglican (Conservative Evangelical)

15,80

20,065,00

15

15

Anglican, of plural or mixed traditions

33.50

20,129.000

41

41

 27 PROTESTANT subgroups (sects/denominations) (Table 1-5)

2
Name

3
Congregations
1995

6
Affiliated
1995

11
Denominations 2000

13
countries

PROTESTANT Totals

947000

318,027000

8,973

231

Adventist

34,000

11,011,000

218

199

Baptist

125,400

48,133,000

322

163

Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren; Open only)

16,700

2,798,000

125

113

Congregational Congregationalist

11500

2438000

86

55

Disciple, Restorationist, Restorationist, Baptist, Christian

8,700

1,919,000

18

18

Dunker (Tunker) Dipper, German Baptist, Brethren

2,100

603,000

10

7

Exclusive Brethren (Plymouth Brethren, Closed, Strict)

2,500

211,000

20

18

Anglican Evangelical, independent Evangelical

20,100

5,482,000

143

89

Fundamentalist

2,600

211,000

17

14

Holiness (Conservative, Methodist, Wesleyan, Free Methodist)

43,600

7,387,000

350

117

Lutheran/Reformed united church or joint mission

10800

15,041,000

24

22

Lutheran

81,900

60,696,000

253

122

Mennonite Anabaptist-(Left Wing or Radical Reformation)

9,500

2,009,000

128

59

Methodist (mainline Methodist United Methodist)

89,500

22,902,000

123

108

Moravian (Continental Pietist)

1200

582,000

29

27

Nondenominational (no church or antichurch groups)

11,800

3,434,000

196

76

Oneness-Pentecostal or Unitarian Pentecostal; Jesus Only

11,600

2,463,000

85

74

Baptistic-Pentecostal or Keswick-Pentecostal

, 232,000

49,420,000

396

174

Holiness-Pentecostal: 3-crisis-experience

28,800

5,650,000

246

118

Apostolic or Pentecostal Apostolic (living apostles)

11600

1587000

31

30

Pentecostal (Protestant Classical Pentecostal)

20

3,000

1

1

Friends (Quaker)

4900

403,000

54

43

Reformed Presbyterian

97700

43902000

300

141

Salvationist (Salvation Army)

14,100

2,378,000

86

84

United church (union of bodies of different traditions)

50,300

22,268,000

54

45

Waldensian

200

41,000

2

2

community church or union congregation

50

20,000

24

18

 

209 INDEPENDENT Subgroups (sects/denominations) (Table 1-5)

2
Name

3
Congregations
1995

6
Affiliated
1995

11
Denominations 2000

13
countries

INDEPENDENT

1,593,100

348196000

22148

220

African Independent Apostolic

30800

13504000

92

241

Black American Apostolic

200

31,000

4

2

Filipino Apostolic

20

1,000

1

1

Indian Apostolic

200

50000

3

2

Korean Apostolic

20

7000

1

1

Latin American Apostolic

800

271,000

14

6

Black American Oneness Apostolic

3,400

1,873,000

27

3

Pacific Apostolic

20

5,000

1

1

Arab Apostolic

30

4000

5

2

Afro-Caribbean

100

16,000

2

2

White-led

1,000

199,000

21

4

New Apostolic, Catholic Apostolic (Invingite),Old Apostolic

23,700

8,293,000

208

149

African independent charismatic

12,400

1,935,000

609

30

Black American charismatic

100

-500,000

1

1

Chinese charismatic

212,400

35,778,000

71

3

Black American Independent charismatic

200

137,000

5

2

Monoethnic charismatic

100

4,000

2

1

Filipino charismatic

1,700

1,289,000

65

2

Indian charismatic

6,800

971,000

475

5

Korean charismatic

200

72,000

2

1

Latin American

3,900

269,000

92

8

Pacific charismatic

500

64,000

50

6

Japanese charismatic

300

28,000

34

1

Arab charismatic

900

61000

102

9

Afro-Caribbean charismatic

40

4,000

10

3

White-led charismatic

111,900

17,478,000

2,856

43

Brazilian / Portuguese charismatic

1,400

851,000

6

2

other Asian charismatic mainliners

200

94,000

18

6

While-led neo-charismatic

20

15,000

1

1

other Asian, doubly-affiliated mainliners

30

10,000

4

2

African Independent Full Gospel

1,900

517,000

19

12

Black American Full Gospel

30

15,000

4

1

Chinese Full Gospel

100

15,000

1

1

Black American charismatic Full Gospel

5,000

1,100,000

1

1

Filipino Full

3,300

2,050,000

8

4

Indonesian Full Gospel

1,200

603,000

2

2

Indian Full Gospel

6,300

631,000

11

1

Korean Full Gospel

700

308,000

6

5

Latin American Full Gospel

500

92000

2

2

Pacific Full Gospel

200

13,000

3

3

White-led Fun Gospel

9,200

2,537,000

226

6

Brazilian / Portuguese Full Gospel

300

30,000

1

1

other Asian Full Gospel

40

27,000

6

4

Latin American grassroots

5,900

2,245,000

281

15

Afro-Caribbean grassroots

40

5000

11

1

Brazilian grassroots

3,000

3,000,000

300

1

African house-church network

200

12,000

2

2

Mono-ethnic house-church network

20

2,000

1

1

Indonesian house-church network

300

20,000

1

1

Indian house-church network

11,500

304,000

5

3

Korean house-church network

22,000

672,000

3

2

Lath American house-church network

300

50,000

5

3

Pacific horse-church network

600

52000

4

3

Arab house-church network

1,100

18,000

1

1

Vietnamese house-church network

300

95,000

1

1

White-bit house-church network

300

12,000

6

5

other Asian house-church network

30

2,000

2

2

African network

100

43,000

10

3

White-led healing network

300

207,000

3

2

African cell-based network

100

45,000

1

1

Black American cell-based network

10

24,000

1

1

Chinese cell-based network

20

23,000

1

1

Korean cell-based network

100

1,100,000

2

1

Latin American cell-based network

100

235000

2

2

Whole-lad cell-based network

50

78000

2

2

other Asian cell-based network

800

38,000

1

1

Messianic: African Independent

10

2,000

1

1

Messianic Chinese

2

150

1

1

Messianic Hindu temples

500

154,000

4

1

Messianic Jewish

1,800

136,000

17

9

Messianic Muslim mosques

1,200

105,000

2

2

African Independent neo-charismatic

17,800

8,730000

37

13

Black American neo-charismatic

4

1,000

8

1

Chinese neo-charismatic

8,600

1,973,000

70

57

Mono-ethnic neo-charismatic

400

60,000

1

1

Filipino neo-charismatic

9,500

2,013,000

281

2

Indonesian neo-charismatic

800

326,000

1

1

Indian neo-charismatic

10,600

631,000

24

2

Latin American neo-charismatic

32

4,000

2

2

Creole neo-charismatic

300

63,000

50

2

Pacific neo-charismatic

100

10,000

2

2

Arab neo-charismatic

10

10,000

1

1

Afro-Caribbean neo-charismatic

30

2,000

13

2

White-led neo-charismatic

100

7000

3

3

other Asian neo-charismatic

15,400

165,000

65

5

African Oneness Pentecostal

4,300

707,000

96

15

Chinese Oneness Pentecostal

4,000

1,084,000

12

11

Filipino Oneness Pentecostal

700

99,000

41

1

Indonesian Oneness, Pentecostal

1,500

1,280,000

1

1

Indian Oneness Pentecostal

200

232000

50

1

Latin American Oneness Pentecostal

5100

1,136,000

32

14

Black American Oneness Pentecostal

1,400

687,00

133

2

Japanese Oneness Pentecostal

600

435,000

14

2

Afro-Caribbean Oneness Pentecostal

700

112,000

86

7

White-led Oneness Pentecostal

6,30

79600

99

8

Bazillion/Portuguese Oneness Pentecostal

100

13,000

3

1

other Asian Oneness Pentecostal

10

300

1

1

African Independent Pentecostal

55,900

18,943,000

5,385

41

Black American Pentecostal

19,100

6,162,000

78

18

Chinese Pentecostal

300

118,000

45

4

Mono-ethnic Pentecostal

4800

1,242000

20

15

Filipino Pentecostal

1,800

474,000

24

5

Indonesian Pentecostal

10700

3,347,000

177

2

Indian Pentecostal

17,00

2,24300

95

12

Korean Pentecostal

600

420,000

8

5

Latin American Pentecostal

27,30

6,027,00

644

22

Creole Pentecostal

400

145,000

31

3

Pacific Pentecostal

20

35,000

19

11

Japanese Pentecostal

300

56,000

11

1

Armindian Pentecostal

1000

506,000

3

3

Arab Pentecostal

100

22,000

18

7

Afro-Caribbean Pentecostal

2,700

464,000

343

19

While-led Pentecostal

28,900

8,553,000

813

55

Brazilian/Portuguese Pentecostal

44,300

15,898,000

221

6

other Asian Pentecostal

600

50,00

31

10

African radio/TV believers

4,300

150,000

11

11

Chinese radio believers

40,400

2,519,000

3

2

Indonesian radio/TV believers

15,000

500,000

1

1

Indian radio/TV believers

10,500

9,020,000

4

4

Korean radio/TV believers

60

80,00

1

1

Latin American radio/TV network

2,40

79,00

7

7

Japanese radio/TV believers

8,000

500,000

1

1

Arab radio/TV network

20,700

963,000

19

19

Vietnamese radio/TV believers

2,000

10,000

1

1

European White radio/TV believers

8390

5,128,00

11

11

Brazilian/Portuguese radio/TV believers

300

16,00

1

1

other Asian radio/TV believers

12,500

802,00

14

13

African Independent Spiritual

8,30

1,186,00

439

6

Afro-Caribbean Spiritual

100

11,00

5

4

White-led signs and Wonders

40

8,000

4

3

White-led restorationist

1,800

280,000

12

1

African Independent deliverance

40

21,000

2

2

Black American deliverance Pentecostal

30

100,000

1

1

White-led deliverance Pentecostal

800

209,000

8

3

African Word of Faith/Prosperity

300

332,000

7

3

Filipino Word of Faith/Prosperity

40

25,000

1

1

Pacific Word of Faith/Prosperity

100

5.000

2

2

White-led Word of Faith/Prosperity

6,700

1,619,000

17

7

African neo-charismatic of mixed tradition

4,200

1,500,000

3,333

1

Korean Pentecostal of mixed tradition

3,000

140,000

187

1

Latin American neo-charismatic of mixed tradition

30

19,000

1

1

European charismatic of mixed tradition

600

59,000

2

1

Zionist African Independent

12,200

10,140,000

158

6

Afro-Caribbean Zionist

400

37,000

1

1

Independent Anglo-Catholic

100

14,000

3

2

Anglo-Roman (schism ex Anglicanism in Roman direction)

500

80,000

18

13

Independent Adventist

1,100

141,000

26

19

schism ex Anglicanism in Protestant direction)

4,500

1,460,000

62

14

apocalyptic. eschatological

100

4,000

3

2

Independent Baptist

97,900

27,547,000

271

95

British-Israelite

400

99,000

8

5

Hidden Buddhist believers in Christ

17,100

1,830,000

9

8

Independent Bulgarian Orthodox

200

500,000

1

1

Independent Byzantine-rite

30

6,000

1

1

Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren; Open only)

2,100

339.000

25

24

Conservative Catholic (schism ex Rome)

3,000

4,518.000

435

30

Independent, Congregational, Congregationalist

4,300

921,000

33

22

Independent, Disciple, Restorationist, Christian

31,100

4,289,000

133

96

Independent Dunker (Tunker, Dipper)

600

115,000

3

1

Independent Exclusive Brethren (Closed, Strict)

400

42,000

7

5

episcopi vegantes (bishops-at-large) (under 100 members)

10

3,000

12

4

Independent Estonian Orthodox

10

9,000

2

2

Anglican Evangelical, Independent Evangelical

6.800

1,357,000

92

48

Independent Fundamentalist

7,200

1,915.000

53

31

Gay homosexual tradition

300

154,000

2

2

Independent Greek Orthodox

20

16,000

2

1

Hidden Hindu believers in Christ

20,400

10,637,000

10

7

Holiness (Conservative Methodist non-Pentecostal)

7,700

1,393,000

82

39

Independent Hungarian Orthodox

1

1,000

1

1

Independent Jehovah’s Witnesses (Jehovah- Christian Witnesses)

1,200

323,000

8

7

Messianic, Jewish-Christian

200

30,000

1

1

Latin-rite Catholic

18.300

5,828,000

5

1

Liberal Catholic (Theosophical, Masonic, Gnostic)

300

106,000

27

18

Independent Lutheran/Reformed united church

10

2,000

1

1

Independent Lutheran

4,900

1,690,000

50

20

Independent Macedonian Orthodox

3

1,000

1

1

Independent Mennonite, Anabaptist

800

130,000

11

7

Independent Methodist

22,900

6.862,000

92

46

Independent Moldavian Orthodox

40

630,000

1

1

Independent Moravian (Continental Pietist)

1

200

1

1

Hidden Muslim believers in Christ

3,700

448,000

18

15

Independent Assyrian or Nestorian (East Syrian)

100

74,000

5

3

No-Church movement

100

3,000

2

2

Nondenominational (no church or anti-church group)

15,200

2,109,000

236

71

Old Believer, Old Ritualist

3,300

1,957,000

25

19

Old Catholic

1,100

886,000

26

19

Old Calendarist Authentic Orthodox

300

261,000

8

4

schism from Orthodoxy, in Protestant direction

300

95.000

28

6

Orthodox sect/sectarian

900

139.000

30

3

Independent Friends (Quaker)

200

37.000

2

2

Reformed Anglican

800

168,000

42

10

Reformed Catholic, retaining Roman Catholic claims

9,500

5,110,000

16

11

Reformed Orthodox (uncanonical reform movement)

1800

1,023,000

23

15

Independent Reformed, Presbyterian

29,200

7,884,000

138

51

Independent Romanian Orthodox

100

110,000

3

3

Independent Russian Orthodox

700

921.000

32

30

Independent Salvationist

400

140,000

8

5

Independent Serbian Orthodox

50

34,000

5

5

Spiritualist, Spiritist, (thaumaturgical), Occult

200

114.000

3

1

Traditional Anglican, Traditionalist

100

10,000

1

1

True Orthodox (devoutly conservative Russian Orthodox)

8,100

358,000

6

4

Independent Ukrainian Orthodox

3,400

6,324,000

24

18

United church (union of bodies of different traditions)

27,200

10,701,000

3

3

community church or union congregation

1

200

t

1

ethnic or mono-ethnic denomination

6,700

1,092,000

225

2

Independent evangelical (dispensationalist)

1,700

380,000

3

2

Marginal Independent Christian (Black third-World indigenous)

4,500

1,211,000

96

48

isolated radio churches (unorganized)

7,000

301,000

7

7

single congregation(s): one autonomous congregation

10,600

1,996,000

805

7

15 Marginal Christian Subgroups (sects/denominations) (Table 1-5)

Christadelphian

1,200

71,000

21

20

Apocalyptic, eschatological

1

1,000

1

1

Divine Science

20

1000

1

1

Gnostic, esoteric, anthroposophical

200

70,000

5

3

Holy Spirit Assoc. for Unification of World Christianity

900

926,000

9

8

Jehovah’s Witnesses (Russellites)

70,500

11,305,000

226

212

Later-day saints (Mormons), including Mormon schismatics

20,000

7,955,000

122

102

Liberal Catholic (theosophical, Masonic, Gnostic)

200

31,000

1

1

schism from Orthodoxy, in marginal direction

500

85,000

2

2

Paulician, Bogomil

30

6,000

2

2

Metaphysical science, Divine Science, Religious Science

3,600

1,097,000

59

55

Spiritualist, Spiritist, (thaumaturgical) psychic, occult

1.100

145,000

20

10

Swedenborgian (Church of the New Jerusalem; Spiritualistic)

300

31,000

18

15

Theosophist, Theosophical, synthesist

100

5,000

3

3

Unitarian, Universalist, Free Christian, Liberal Christian

1,700

378,000

29

26

World Totals

3,167,000

1,769,920,000

33,909

238

 (David A. Barrett, World Christian Encyclopedia, 2001, p 16-18)

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