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THEO 251 - Global Christianity: Chrisitan Denominations

An examination of Christian religious change and its impact on societies around the world and focuses on the size and geographic distribution of the world’s Christian population.

Denominational Profiles


National Congregations Study is an ongoing national survey effort to gather information about the basic characteristics of America's congregations. The first wave of the NCS took place in 1998; Wave II was fielded in 2006-07.  Online analysis options are available through this website.

Summaries of Congregational Research - this webpage from the Hartford Insitute for Religion Research offers summaries of major research projects which have the congregation as a focus of study.

U.S. Congregational Membership Reports are provided by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).  These online reports are based on data from the Glenmary Research Center.  The data is available in the archive

The U.S. Congregational Life Survey was conducted in April 2000 by surveying a nationally representative sample of about 300,000 worshipers in over 2,000 congregations covering the attitudes, opinions, and perceptions of worshipers.  The survey was sponsored by the Presbyterian Church, the Lily Endowment, and others.  Sample excerpts from the study are available online.  Data from this survey are available in ARDA.

Books Reporting Data

Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches

This series was called the Yearbook of American Churches from 1952-1972 and the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches from 1973-present.  Includes membership statistics and selected statistics of church finances.  Issued by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.

Potpourri of Websites

Church/ Denominational/ Ecumenical Resources: Selected Internet Sites


·         Ecunet

·         National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.

·         World Council of Churches

·         WCC: Church and Ecumenical Resources - listing of many denominational homepages


·         The Holy See

·         Catholic Information Center on Internet

·         Catholic Resources on the Net

·         Jesuit Resources on the Internet

·         Vatican II Documents


·         Orthodox Christian Information Center

·         The Orthodox Christian Page

See also our - UST Library Research Guide on Eastern Orthodox Church  


·         Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.

·         The Church of England

·         Anglicans Online

·         oremus


·         American Baptist Churches

·         Southern Baptist Convention


·         Evangelical Lutheran Church Homepage

·         Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: Worship and Spirituality Site

·         Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

·         Project Wittenberg

·         The Lutheran Hymnal

·         Luther's Works (English)

·         Index Verborum: Martin Luther's German Writings


·         United Methodist Church (official homepage)

·         Methodist Church of Great Britain

·         Wesley Center Online


·         See listing on Pentecostal-Charismatic Theological Inquiry International website.

·         The Pneuma Foundation

Presbyterian/ Reformed

·         Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

·         Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

·         Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

·         Reformed Church in America

·         Reformed Church in the United States

·         Christian Reformed Church

·         Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics

United Church of Christ

·         United Church of Christ Home Page


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