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This is a list of Christian denominations by number of members. According to the "Status of Global Mission, 2008" of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (its main campus is located in South Hamilton, MA), the number of Christian denominations is about 39,000.

They belong to six ecclesiastical megablocs. The membership by 6 ecclesiastical megablocs is as follows (mid-2008); Roman Catholics 1,130.401 million, Independents 422.659 million[clarification needed], Protestants 386.644 million, Orthodox[who?] 252.891 million, Anglican 82.708 million, marginal Christians 36.001 million.

Christian denominational families

Largest denominations in the world

Catholicism - 1.2 billion

Protestantism - 699 million[3]

Eastern Orthodoxy - 260 million

Oriental Orthodox Church - 81 million

Anglicanism - 77 million

Nontrinitarianism - 23 million

*This 17+ million figure is the approximate number of adherents -- intended to reflect all those who consider Jehovah's Witnesses their preferred faith, regardless of current activity status. Figure is based on reported once-a-year memorial attendance (adjusted).

Nestorianism - 1 million

See also

External links


  1. "Number of priests increases, but not as fast as number of Catholics". Catholic News Service. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  2. "About 1,000 adherents" per WP: Old Catholic Church of America
  3. Jay Diamond, Larry. Plattner, Marc F. and Costopoulos, Philip J. World Religions and Democracy. 2005, page 119. The 800 million include total of Protestantism(699 million), Anglicanism(77 million), Nontrinitarianism(23 million), and Nestorianism(1 million).(also in PDF file, p49)
  4. Baptist World Alliance
  6. Lutheran World Federation
  7. Germany
  8. 'encyclopédie de D. BARRET, "Assemblées de Frères", 1985.
  10. Association of Christian Churches. Dr. James B. Gould. Washington, DC, USA. 2006.
  11. "History", Reformed Episcopal Church official website. Accessed: 2009.01.09.
  12. "LDS Church says membership now 13 million worldwide", Salt Lake Tribune, June 25, 2007.
  13. Press Release, LDS Church, "One Million Missionaries, Thirteen Million Members", 25 June 2007.
  14. 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783.

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