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List of Christian Denominations by Number of Members

This is a list of Christian denominations by number of members. It is inevitably partial and generally based on claims by the denominations themselves. The numbers should therefore be considered approximate and the article an ongoing work-in-progress.

The list includes the Catholic Church including the Eastern Catholic Churches; all the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches with some recognition and their offshoots; Protestant denominations with at least 0.2 million members; the provinces of the Anglican Communion with at least 0.2 million members; all the other Christian branches with distinct theologies, such as Restorationist and Nontrinitarianian denominations; the independent Catholic denominations; and the Church of the East.

With about 2.42 billion adherents all over the world,[1] Christianity is the largest religious group in the world.

Christian denominational families

The historical development of major church branches from their roots
Major branches and movements within Protestantism. Protestantism in general, as well as Restorationism in particular, claims a direct connection with Early Christianity.

Christianity - 2.42 billion

Catholic Church - 1.285 billion

A map of Catholicism by population percentage.

Figures below are in accordance with Church's Book of Statistics (2014).[2]

Latin Church - 1.255 billion
Eastern Catholic Churches - 16.3 million[3]
Canonically irregular groups

Protestantism - 920 million

A map of Protestantism (including Anglicanism) by population percentage.

Protestantism is the second largest major group of Christians after the Catholic Church by number of followers. Estimates vary considerably, from 400 million up to more than a billion.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] One of the reasons is the lack of a common agreement among scholars about which denominations constitute Protestantism. For instance, most of the sources but not all of them include Anglicanism as part of Protestantism (see below). Moreover, Protestant denominations do not form a single communion comparable to those of the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodoxy. Nevertheless, 900 million is the most accepted figure among various authors and scholars, and thus is used in this article. Note that 900 million figure also includes Anglicanism, as well as Anabaptists, Baptists and multiple other groups which have in their scope some denominations that might disavow a common "Protestant" designation, and would rather prefer to be called, simply, "Christian".

Historical Protestantism - 300-400 million[10]
Modern Protestantism - 400-500 million

Anglicanism - 85 million

A map of the Anglican Communion (blue), the Porvoo Communion (green), comprising European Anglican and Lutheran churches, and the Union of Utrecht (Old Catholic) (red), a federation of Old Catholic Churches.
Anglican Communion - 80 million[168][disputed ]
Continuing Anglican movement and independent churches - 0.4 million

Eastern Orthodox Church - 270 million

A map of Eastern Orthodoxy by population percentage.

The most common estimate of the number of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide is 225-300 million, forming a single communion, making it the second largest, single Christian denomination behind the Catholic Church.[196] These are the adherents of the recognized Orthodox jurisdictions (autocephalous and autonomous churches) that are in full communion with each other. In addition, there are some Orthodox splinter groups and non-universally recognized churches.

Autocephalous churches - 249 million
Autonomous churches - 13 million
Non-universally recognized churches - 6.27 million
Other separated Orthodox groups - 6 million

Oriental Orthodoxy - 86 million

A map of Oriental Orthodoxy by population percentage.

Oriental Orthodox churches are the churches descended from those that rejected the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Despite the similar name, they are therefore a different branch of Christianity from the Eastern Orthodox (see above).

Autocephalous churches - 84 million
Autonomous churches - 1 million
Churches not in communion - 1 million

Restorationism and Nontrinitarianism - 35 million

Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) - 16.3 million
Jehovah's Witnesses - 8.5 million [209]
Oneness Pentecostalism - 6 million
Minor denominations - 4.4 million

Independent Catholicism - 18 million

Various denominations self-identifying as Catholic, despite not being affiliated with the Catholic Church.[213]

Minor branches - 2 million

Church of the East (Nestorianism) - 0.6 million
Messianic Judaism - 0.35 million[218]
Unification movement (aka Moonies) - 1-2 million[219]

See also

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