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Demographics of Protestant Churches in America

To better understand ‘Worship and Adoration’ in the American church, we asked the question: What are the characteristics of where American Christians gather to worship?

We found a very clear body of data that was cross-confirmed through a number of studies.

First, here’s the set of data.

Don’t worry, will be ‘peeling apart’ the data as time goes on…



Of the +/- 314,000 US Protestant Churches:

Percentage Churches with 99 attendees or less:


Percentage Churches with 499 attendees or less:


Percentage of Churches with 500 attendees or more:


‘Mean’ number of people who attend a Church:

     75 people

‘Median’ number of people who attend a Church:

     184 people

Number of ‘mega-churches’ (>2000 attendees) 2015:

     1,667 churches

Percentage churches ‘non-denominational’ 2016:


Percentage of ‘non-denominational’ growth, 1976 to 2016:


Percentage largest 25 mega-churches as ‘non-denominational’ 2015:



TAKE-AWAY: Most of the churches in the United States are small… Part 2 will talk about Church-Goers, and… well, that’s where it gets really interesting…


REFERENCES   Retrieved 2017.03.24

(feel free to check ‘em out!)


     From the Hartford Institute for Religious Research. Includes the National

     Congregational Study

     “Megachurch Definition”. 

     American Congregations 2015 (report):

     Megachurches 2015: Report from the Beck Group






     Includes info on world Mega-churches



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