According to Richard Yeakley, of the Religion News Service, Mainline Protestant denominations in the United States continue their decades-long membership decline, while the membership in Pentecostal churches is on the rise. This is based on new figures compiled by the National Council of Churches.
The largest Religious groups are:
1. The Catholic Church: 68.5 million, up 0.57%
2. Southern Baptist Convention: 16.1 million, down .42% (Membership fell for a third straight year)
3. The United Methodist Church: 7.8 million, down 1%
7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.5 million, down 1.96%
9. Assemblies of God: 2.9 million, up .52%
10. Presbyterian Church (USA): 2.7 million, down 2.61%
Mainline Protestant churches continue the decline in memberships that began in the 1970s. The newest numbers show that the membership drop in mainline churches led to a 1% decrease in total U.S. church membership, to 145.8 million.
–According to the 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches published this week