Documentation: Religion 2009 (InfoGroup)
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Social Explorer Religion 2009 Documentation. Data collected by the InfoGroup, organized by the ARDA, tabulated and processed by Social Explorer.
Religion 2009
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Religious groups can be categorized in many different ways. We offer two options: Traditions and Families. Religious Traditions categorize groups based on current religious beliefs and acceptance of the larger culture, but give little attention to denominational lineage. Families organize religious groups based on their common religious ancestry or heritage, regardless of their current religious beliefs or social positions. Beginning with an article by Brian Steensland and colleagues entitled "The Measure of American Religion: Toward Improving the State of the Art" published in Social Forces (2000, 79: 291-318), the staff at the Association of Religion Data Archives (theARDA.com) used several sources to categorize groups into Religious Traditions. For denominations not included in Steensland and colleagues' scheme, two additional sources were consulted: J. Gordon Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions (8th edition) and Frank S. Mead and Samuel S. Hill's Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th edition). In addition to those in Steensland and colleagues' classification scheme, separate categories were created for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Jehovah's Witnesses, and other groups. The Religious Families were assembled by InfoGroup. For more information on the schisms and mergers within each family and for each of the groups included, please refer to the ARDAs Denominational Profiles and Family Trees: http://www.thearda.com/Denoms/families/index.asp

The 233 religious groups and their category placement are as follows:


Denomination Source Reported By InfoGroup Religious Family Religious Tradition
Advent Christian Church Adventist Evangelical Protestant
Adventists - Other Adventist Evangelical Protestant
Church of God General Conference Adventist Evangelical Protestant
Seventh Day Adventists Adventist Evangelical Protestant
Seventh Day Church of God Adventist Evangelical Protestant
American Baptist Association Baptist Evangelical Protestant
American Baptist Churches/USA Baptist Mainline Protestant
Baptist General Conference Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Baptist - Other Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Baptist Bible Fellowship Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Baptist Missionary Association of America Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Independent Baptist Churches Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Conservative Baptist Association Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Free Will Baptists Baptist Evangelical Protestant
General Assoc. of Regular Baptists Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Assoc. of General Baptists Baptist Evangelical Protestant
General Association of Separatist Baptists Baptist Evangelical Protestant
National Baptist Convention of America Baptist Historically Black Protestant
National Baptist Convention-USA Baptist Historically Black Protestant
North American Baptist Conference Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Primitive Baptists Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Progressive National Baptist Convention Baptist Historically Black Protestant
Seventh Day Baptist Gen. Conference Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Southern Baptist Convention Baptist Evangelical Protestant
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Baptist Evangelical Protestant
United Baptist Baptist Evangelical Protestant
World Baptist Fellowship Baptist Evangelical Protestant
African Methodist Episcopal Church Methodist Historically Black Protestant
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Methodist Historically Black Protestant
African Union Methodist Protestant Methodist Historically Black Protestant
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Methodist Historically Black Protestant
Congregational Methodist Church Methodist Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Congregational Church Methodist Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Methodist Church Methodist Evangelical Protestant
Independent Methodist Churches Methodist Evangelical Protestant
Methodist - Other Methodist Mainline Protestant
Primitive Methodist Church Methodist Evangelical Protestant
Reformed Zion Union Apostolic Methodist Historically Black Protestant
Southern Methodist Church Methodist Evangelical Protestant
United Methodist Church Methodist Mainline Protestant
American Association of Lutheran Church Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Church of Lutheran Confession Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Church of the Lutheran Brethren Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Lutheran Mainline Protestant
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lutheran Mainline Protestant
Lutheran - Other Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Lutheran Evangelical Protestant
Association Reformed Presbyterian Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Bible Presbyterian Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Christian Reformed Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Churches of God (Findlay, OH) Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Congregational Christian Churches Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Conservative Congregation Christian Conference Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Free Reformed Churches of North America Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Free Presbyterian Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Presbyterian Church in America Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Presbyterian/Reformed - Other Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Presbyterian Church (USA) Presbyterian/Reformed Mainline Protestant
Protestant Reformed Churches Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Reformed Church in America Presbyterian/Reformed Mainline Protestant
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Reformed Church in the USA Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Cumberland Presbyterian Ch in America Presbyterian/Reformed Historically Black Protestant
United Church of Christ Presbyterian/Reformed Mainline Protestant
United Reformed Churches in North America Presbyterian/Reformed Evangelical Protestant
Maranatha Christian Churches Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Church of Pentecost Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Churches - Other Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Faith Church Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Assemblies of God Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Bible Way Church of Lord Jesus Christ Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Calvary Chapel Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Christian Church of North America Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of God (Cleveland, TN) Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of God of Prophecy Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of God - Mountain Assembly Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of God - Other Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of God By Faith Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Church of God in Christ Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Congregational Holiness Church, Inc. Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of the Living God Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Apostolic Faith Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Deliverance Churches Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church On the Rock Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Seventh Day Pentecostal Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Word Churches Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Elim Fellowship Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Faith Christian Fellowship Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
First Church of Jesus Christ Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Full Gospel Fellowship Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Hall Deliverance Foundation Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
International Foursquare Gospel Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Association of Vineyard Churches Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Liberty Fellowship of Churches Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Open Bible Standard Churches Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Church of God (Original) Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
Pentecostal Church of God Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Pentecostal - Other Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
United House of Prayer Pentecostal Historically Black Protestant
United Christian Church Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
United Pentecostal Church Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Victory Churches International Pentecostal Evangelical Protestant
Liberal Catholic Churches Catholic Other
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Other
Roman Catholic Church Catholic Roman Catholic
Convents/Rectories/Monasteries Catholic Roman Catholic
Brethren - Other Brethren Evangelical Protestant
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Brethren Evangelical Protestant
Church of the Brethren Brethren Evangelical Protestant
Old German Baptist Brethren Church Brethren Evangelical Protestant
United Brethren in Christ Brethren Evangelical Protestant
Berean Fundamental Churches Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Church of the Open Door Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Independent Bible Churches Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Fundamental Bible Churches Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Grace Gospel Fellowship Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Independent Fundamental Churches Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Plymouth Brethren Independent Fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant
Anglican - Other Episcopal Evangelical Protestant
Anglican Episcopal of North America Episcopal Evangelical Protestant
Charismatic Episcopal Church Episcopal Evangelical Protestant
Episcopal Church Episcopal Mainline Protestant
Anglican Orthodox Church Episcopal Evangelical Protestant
Reformed Episcopal Church Episcopal Evangelical Protestant
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Christian/Church of Christ Mainline Protestant
Christian & Churches of Christ Christian/Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant
Christian - Other Christian/Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant
Churches of Christ (Non-Instrumental) Christian/Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Conservative Mennonite Fellowship Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Amish (Mennonite) Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Brethren in Christ Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Mennonite Brethren Church Mennonite Evangelical Protestant
Church of Jesus Christ - Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saint (Mormon)
Community of Christ (RLDS) Latter-day Saints Other
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Holiness Evangelical Protestant
American Rescue Workers Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Apostolic Christian (Nazarean) Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Bible Methodist Connection Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Christian & Missionary Alliance Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Ch. of Christ in Christian Union Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Church of God (Anderson, IN) Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Churches of God (Independent Holiness) Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Church of God (Holiness) Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Pillar of Fire Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Christian Church Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Church of North America Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Free Methodist Church of North America Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Grace and Hope Mission Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Holiness - Other Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Missionary Church Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Mount Calvary Holy Church of America Holiness Historically Black Protestant
National Association of Holiness Churches Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Church of the Nazarene Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Rescue Mission Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Salvation Army Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Triumph the Church/Kingdom of God Holiness Historically Black Protestant
Wesleyan Church Holiness Evangelical Protestant
Christian Science Churches Metaphysical Other
Swedenborgian Churches Metaphysical Other
Metaphysical - Other Metaphysical Other
National Spiritualist Association Metaphysical Other
Spiritual Science Churches Metaphysical Other
Spiritualist Churches/Organizations Metaphysical Other
United Church of Religious Science Metaphysical Other
Unity School of Christianity Metaphysical Other
Church of Scientology Metaphysical Other
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Orthodox Christian
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Armenian Apostolic Church Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Armenian Church of America Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Byelorussian Orthodox Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Greek Orthodox Church Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Eastern Orthodox - Other Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Russian Orthodox Church Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Ukranian Orthodox Church Orthodox Orthodox Christian
Jewish - Other Jewish Jewish
Orthodox Jewish Congregations Jewish Jewish
Reconstructionist Jewish Congregations Jewish Jewish
Reform Jewish Congregations Jewish Jewish
Conservative Jewish Congregations Jewish Jewish
Christadelphians Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
International Council Community Churches Evangelical Misc Mainline Protestant
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Free Church Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical - Other Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
Federated Church Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
Friends (Quakers) Evangelical Misc Mainline Protestant
Military Chapels Evangelical Misc Other
Metropolitan Community Churches Evangelical Misc Mainline Protestant
Moravian Church in America Evangelical Misc Mainline Protestant
Neighborhood Churches Evangelical Misc Other
Non-Denominational Churches Evangelical Misc Other
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Evangelical Misc Other
Schwenkfelder Church Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
United/Union Churches Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
Worldwide Church of God Evangelical Misc Evangelical Protestant
Non Classified Affiliation Misc/Classified Other
Baha'i Faith Misc/Classified Other
Buddhist Temples, Zen Misc/Classified Buddhist
Eckankar Misc/Classified Other
Hindu Temples Misc/Classified Hindu
Jehovah's Witnesses Misc/Classified Jehovah's Witnesses
Krishna Misc/Classified Other
Miscellaneous Cults and Sects Misc/Classified Other
Muslim/Mohammed/Islam Misc/Classified Islamic
Nichiren Shoshu Temple Misc/Classified Other
Sikh Society Misc/Classified Other
Miscellaneous Eastern Religions Misc/Classified Other
Tenrikyo Churches Misc/Classified Other
Unification Church Misc/Classified Other
Unitarian Universalist Association Misc/Classified Other
Yoga Institutes Misc/Classified Other