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February 20, 2010 4:47PM

Largest denominations in the world

Catholicism - 1.2 billion

  • Roman Catholic Church - 1,147 million[1]
    • Roman Catholic Church (Latin Rite) - 1,125.5 million
    • Eastern Catholic Churches (Eastern Rite) - 21.5 million
      • Alexandrian
        • Ethiopian Catholic Church - 0.21 million
        • Coptic Catholic Church - 0.17 million
      • Antiochian (Antiochene or West Syrian)
        • Maronite Catholic Church - 3.1 million
        • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church - 0.5 million
        • Syriac Catholic Church - 0.17 million
      • Armenian
        • Armenian Catholic Church - 0.54 million
      • Chaldean (Eastern Syrian)
        • Syro-Malabar Catholic Church - 4.0 million
        • Chaldean Catholic Church - 0.65 million
      • Byzantine (Constantinopolitan)
        • Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church - 4.3 million
        • Melkite Greek Catholic Church - 1.6 million
        • Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic - 0.8 million
        • Ruthenian Catholic Church - 0.65 million
        • Slovak Greek Catholic Church - 0.37 million
        • Hungarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.27 million
        • Italo-Greek Catholic Church - 0.07 million
        • Croatian Greek Catholic Church - 0.06 million
        • Belarusian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million
        • Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million
        • Georgian Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million[2]
        • Macedonian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million
        • Albanian Greek-Catholic Church - 0.01 million
        • Greek Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million
        • Russian Catholic Church - 0.01 million
  • Breakaway Catholic Churches - 28 million
    • Apostolic Catholic Church - 5 million
    • Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association - 4 million[3]
    • Philippine Independent Church - 3 million
    • Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church - 1 million
    • Old Catholic Church - 0.6 million
    • Mariavite Church - 0.03 million

Protestantism - 670 million

  • Historical Protestantism - 350 million
    • Baptist churches - 105 million[4]
      • Southern Baptist Convention - 16.3 million[5]
      • National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. - 7.5 million[6]
      • National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. - 5 million[7]
      • Nigerian Baptist Convention - 3 million[8]
      • Progressive National Baptist Convention - 2.5 million[9]
      • American Baptist Churches USA - 1.4 million
      • Brazilian Baptist Convention - 1.4 million
      • Baptist Bible Fellowship International - 1.2 million[10]
      • Myanmar Baptist Convention - 1.1 million[11]
      • Baptist Community of the Congo River - 1 million[11]
      • National Baptist Convention, Brazil - 1 million
      • National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A. - 1 million[10]
      • National Missionary Baptist Convention of America - 1 million
      • Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches - 0.8 million[12]
      • Baptist Convention of Kenya - 0.7 million[11]
      • Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists of Russia - 0.6 million
    • Methodism - 75 million
      • United Methodist Church - 12 million
      • African Methodist Episcopal Church - 3 million
      • Methodist Church Nigeria - 2 million[13]
      • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church - 1.5 million
      • Church of the Nazarene - 1.8 million
      • Methodist Church of Southern Africa - 1.7 million[14]
      • Korean Methodist Church - 1.5 million[15]
      • United Methodist Church of Ivory Coast[16]
      • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - 0.9 million
      • Methodist Church Ghana - 0.8 million[17]
      • Free Methodist Church - 0.7 million
      • Methodist Church in India - 0.6 million[18]
    • Lutheranism - 87 million[19]
      • Evangelical Church in Germany - 26.9 million[20]
      • Church of Sweden - 6.9 million
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - 4.8 million
      • Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus - 4.7 million
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - 4.6 million[21]
      • Danish National Church - 4.5 million
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland - 4.3 million[22]
      • Batak Christian Protestant Church - 4 million[23]
      • Church of Norway - 3.9 million
      • Malagasy Lutheran Church - 3 million
      • Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod - 2 million
      • Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria - 1.7 million[24]
      • United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India - 1.5 million[25]
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea - 0.9 million[26]
      • Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church - 0.8 million[27]
      • Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil - 0.7 million[28]
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia - 0.6 million[29]
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa - 0.6 million[30]
    • Reformed churches - 75 million
      • Presbyterianism - 40 million
        • Presbyterian Church of East Africa - 4 million[31]
        • Presbyterian Church of Africa - 3.4 million[32]
        • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - 3.0 million
        • United Church of Canada - 2.5 million
        • Church of Christ in Congo-Presbyterian Community of Congo - 2.5 million[33]
        • Presbyterian Church of Korea - 2.4 million[34]
        • Presbyterian Church of Cameroon - 1.8 million[35]
        • Church of Scotland - 1.1 million[36]
        • Presbyterian Church of the Sudan - 1 million[37]
        • Presbyterian Church in Cameroon - 0.7 million[38]
        • Presbyterian Church of Ghana - 0.6 million[39]
        • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria - 0.5 million[40]
        • Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa - 0.5 million[41]
      • Continental Reformed churches - 30 million
        • Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar - 3.5 million[42]
        • United Church of Zambia - 3.0 million[43]
        • Protestant Church in the Netherlands - 2.5 million[44]
        • Swiss Reformed Church - 2.4 million
        • Evangelical Church of Cameroon - 2 million[45]
        • Protestant Evangelical Church in Timor - 2 million[46]
        • Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa - 0.7 million[47]
        • United Church in Papua New Guinea - 0.6 million[48]
        • United Church of Christ in the Philippines - 0.6 million[49]
        • Protestant Church in Western Indonesia - 0.6 million[50]
        • Evangelical Christian Church in Tanah Papua - 0.6 million[51]
        • Protestant Church in the Moluccas - 0.6 million[52]
        • Reformed Church in Hungary - 0.6 million[53]
        • Reformed Church in Romania - 0.6 million[54]
        • Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa - 0.5 million[55]
      • Congregationalism - 5 million
        • United Church of Christ - 1.2 million
        • Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola - 0.9 million[56]
        • United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - 0.5 million[57]
    • Anabaptism and Free churches - 5 million
      • Brethren - 1.5 million[58]
      • Mennonites - 1.5 million
      • Plymouth Brethren - 1 million[59]
      • Moravians - 0.7 million[60]
      • Amish - 0.2 million
      • Hutterites - 0.2 million
    • Quakers - 0.4 million
    • Waldensians - 0.05 million
  • Modern Christian movements - 588 million[61]
    • Pentecostalism - 130 million
      • Assemblies of God - 60 million
      • New Apostolic Church - 11 million
      • International Circle of Faith - 11 million[62]
      • The Pentecostal Mission - 10 million
      • Church of God (Cleveland) - 9 million
      • International Church of the Foursquare Gospel - 8 million
      • Church of God in Christ - 5.5 million
      • Apostolic Church - 6 million
      • Christian Congregation of Brazil - 2.5 million
      • Universal Church of the Kingdom of God - 2 million
      • Church of God of Prophecy - 1 million
      • God is Love Pentecostal Church - 0.8 million
      • Indian Pentecostal Church of God - NA
    • Non-denominational evangelicalism - 80 million
      • Calvary Chapel - 25 million
      • Born Again Movement - 20 million
      • Association of Vineyard Churches - 15 million
      • New Life Fellowship - 10 million[citation needed]
      • True Jesus Church - 2.5 million
      • Charismatic Episcopal Church - NA
    • African initiated churches - 40 million
      • Zion Christian Church - 15 million
      • Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim - 10 million
      • Kimbanguist Church - 5.5 million
      • Church of the Lord (Aladura) - 3.6 million[63]
      • Council of African Instituted Churches - 3 million[64]
      • Church of Christ Light of the Holy Spirit - 1.4 million[65]
      • African Church of the Holy Spirit - 0.7 million[66]
      • African Israel Niniveh Church[67]
    • Seventh-day Adventist Church - 17 million
    • Restoration Movement - 7 million
      • Churches of Christ - 5 million
      • Christian Churches and Churches of Christ - 1.1 million[10]
      • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - 0.7 million

Eastern Orthodoxy - 210 million

  • Autocephalous churches
    • Russian Orthodox Church - 125 million
    • Romanian Orthodox Church - 18 million
    • Serbian Orthodox Church - 15 million
    • Church of Greece - 11 million
    • Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 10 million
    • Georgian Orthodox Church - 5 million
    • Greek Orthodox Church of Constantinople - 3.5 million
    • Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch - 2.5 million
    • Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 1.5 million
    • Orthodox Church in America - 1.2 million
    • Polish Orthodox Church - 1 million
    • Albanian Orthodox Church - 0.8 million
    • Cypriot Orthodox Church - 0.7 million
    • Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem - 0.14 million
    • Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church - 0.07 million
  • Autonomous churches
    • Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) - 7.2 million[68]
    • Moldovan Orthodox Church - 3.2 million
    • Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - 1.25 million
    • Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia - 0.62 million
    • Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric - 0.34 million
    • Estonian Orthodox Church - 0.3 million
    • Patriarchal Exarchate in Western Europe - 0.15 million
    • Finnish Orthodox Church - 0.08 million
    • Chinese Orthodox Church - 0.03 million
    • Japanese Orthodox Church - 0.02 million
    • Latvian Orthodox Church - 0.02 million
  • Non-universally recognized churches
    • Ukranian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) - 5.5 million[68]
    • Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 2.4 million
    • Macedonian Orthodox Church - 2 million
    • Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance) - 0.75 million
    • Old Calendar Romanian Orthodox Church - 0.50 million
    • Old Calendar Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 0.45 million
    • Croatian Orthodox Church - 0.36 million
    • Montenegrin Orthodox Church - 0.05 million
    • Orthodox Church in Italy - 0.12 million
  • Other separated Orthodox groups
    • Old Believers - 1.8 million
    • Greek Old Calendarists - 0.86 million
    • Russian True Orthodox Church - 0.85 million

Oriental Orthodoxy - 75 million

  • Autocephalous churches in communion
    • Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 45 million
    • Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 15.5 million
    • Syriac Orthodox Church - 10 million
    • Armenian Orthodox Church - 8 million
    • Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 2.5 million
    • Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church - 2 million[69]
    • Armenian Orthodox Church of Cilicia - 1.5 million
  • Autonomous churches in communion
    • Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church - 2.5 million
    • Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople - 0.42 million
    • Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 0.34 million
    • French Coptic Orthodox Church - 0.01 million
    • British Orthodox Church - 0.01 million
  • Churches not in communion
    • Malabar Independent Syrian Church - 0.06 million

Anglicanism - 82 million

  • Anglican Communion - 80 million[70]
    • Church of Nigeria - 18 million
    • Church of England - 13.4 million
    • Church of Uganda - 8.8 million
    • Church of South India - 3.8 million
    • Anglican Church of Australia - 3.7 million
    • Episcopal Church in the Philippines - 3.0 million
    • Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia - 2.5 million
    • Anglican Church of Tanzania - 2.5 million
    • Anglican Church of Southern Africa - 2.4 million
    • Episcopal Church of the United States - 2.2 million
    • Anglican Church of Canada - 2.0 million
    • Anglican Church of Kenya - 1.5 million
    • Church of North India - 1.3 million
    • Church of the Province of Rwanda - 1 million
    • Church of Pakistan - 0.8 million
    • Anglican Church of Burundi - 0.8 million[71]
    • Church of the Province of Central Africa - 0.6 million
    • Church of Christ in Congo-Anglican Community of Congo - 0.5 million[72]
    • Scottish Episcopal Church - 0.4 million
    • Church of Ireland - 0.4 million
  • Continuing Anglican movement - 1.5 million
    • Traditional Anglican Communion - 0.5 million
    • Anglican Church in North America - 0.1 million

Nontrinitarianism - 27 million

  • Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) - 14 million
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 13.5[73]
    • Community of Christ - 0.25 million[74]
  • Jehovah's Witnesses - 7.1 million
  • Iglesia ni Cristo - 6 million[75]
  • Oneness Pentecostalism - 6 million
    • United Pentecostal Church International - 4 million
    • Pentecostal Assemblies of the World - 1.5 million
  • Church of Christ, Scientist - 0.4 million
  • Friends of Man - 0.07 million
  • Christadelphians - 0.05 million

Nestorianism - 1 million

  • Assyrian Church of the East - 0.5 million
  • Ancient Church of the East - 0.3 million