MAINLINE DENOMINATIONS CONTINUE TO DROP OUT OF THE CHRISTIAN MAINSTREAM
4/10/06
According to the recently released 2006 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches only 3 "Mainline" protestant denominations remain among the ten largest denominations in the United States. These are the United Methodist Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The fastest growing denomination of the top ten in the U. S. is the Assemblies of God. Even these membership statistics do not account for the large disparity between mainline church membership numbers and actual worshippers remaining in active fellowship with their churches.

The UCC is the loss leader by a wide margin. At # 21, the United Church of Christ, reports 1,265,786 members, a decrease of 2.38 percent. The PCUSA lost 1.60 percent and the Episcopal Church lost 1.55 percent of their respective memberships. The growth leader was the 24th ranked Orthodox Church in America with 6.40 percent increase.

www.ncccusa.org/news/060330yearbook1.html