Handbook of Denominations


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The new, revised edition of a perennial reference favorite! The Handbook of Denominations is widely recognized as the most accurate, objective, and comprehensive source of information on America’s religious denominations. Revisions in the 11th edition include:
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Entries on major Christian denominations in the US give information on their historical background, their teachings, and their polity or structure of governance. Included are statistics on the number of churches and church members and information about church-related schools and institutions. There is also information on major branches of Judaism and Islam found in the US. This 11th edition features a new introduction overviewing religion in America, a reorganization of "church family" groupings, a directory of denomination headquarters and Web sites, updated and standardized statistical information, and charts showing the relationship of church bodies to one another. Mead served as editor of the . Hill is professor emeritus of religion at the University of Florida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687165728
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Preface 15
Religion in America 19
Denominations 25
Adventist Churches 25
Advent Christian Church 28
Branch Davidians 29
Church of God General Conference 31
Church of God (Seventh Day) 33
Seventh-day Adventist 34
Baha'i 37
Baptist Churches 42
Alliance of Baptist Churches 46
American Baptist Association 47
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. 48
Baptist General Conference 50
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 51
General Association of General Baptist Churches 52
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches 53
National Association of Free Will Baptists 54
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. 55
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. 56
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America 57
National Primitive Baptist Convention, U.S.A. 58
North American Baptist Conference 58
Primitive Baptist 59
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. 60
Reformed or Sovereign Grace Baptists 61
Separate Baptists in Christ (General Association) 62
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference 63
Southern Baptist Convention 64
Brethren and Pietist Churches 67
Brethren Church (Ashland) 69
Brethren in Christ Church 70
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 71
Church of the Brethren 72
Church of the United Brethren in Christ 74
Evangelical Covenant Church 75
Evangelical Free Church of America 76
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 77
Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) 78
Old German Baptist Brethren (Old Order Dunkers) 80
Unity of the Brethren 81
Catholic Churches 81
American Catholic Church 85
Eastern Rite Catholic/Uniate Churches 85
Liberal Catholic Church 86
Mariavite Old Catholic Church, Province of North America 87
Old Catholic Churches 89
Polish National Catholic Church of America 91
Roman Catholic Church 93
Christian Churches (The Stone-Campbell Movement) 103
Christadelphians 106
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 107
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 109
Christian Congregation, Inc. 110
Churches of Christ 111
Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) 113
Church of God and Saints of Christ 117
Community Churches, International Council of 118
Congregational Churches 120
Congregational Christian Churches (National Association) 123
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference 124
United Church of Christ 125
Divine Science 128
Episcopal/Anglican Churches 129
Anglican Catholic Church 131
Episcopal Church 132
Episcopal Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America 136
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church 136
National Organization of the New Apostolic Church of North America 137
Reformed Episcopal Church 138
Southern Episcopal Church 140
Friends (Quaker) 140
Evangelical Friends International 146
Friends General Conference 147
Friends United Meeting 147
Religious Society of Friends (Conservative) 148
Fundamentalist/Bible Churches 149
American Evangelical Christian Churches 151
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 151
Baptist Missionary Association of America 152
Berean Fundamental Church 153
Bible Fellowship Church 154
Bible Presbyterian Church 154
Christian and Missionary Alliance 156
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) 157
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) 158
Grace Gospel Fellowship 160
Independent Fundamentalist Churches of America (IFCA International Inc.) 160
Holiness Churches 161
Apostolic Christian Church of America 162
Apostolic Faith Church 163
Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God 164
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. 165
Church of God (Holiness) 165
Church of the Nazarene 166
Churches of Christ in Christian Union 168
Wesleyan Church 169
Hutterian Brethren 170
Islam 171
Nation of Islam 175
Shi'ism 177
Sufism 177
Sunnism 178
Jehovah's Witness 178
Judaism 181
Conservative Judaism (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) 190
Hasidic Judaism 190
Orthodox Judaism (Orthodox Union) 192
Reconstructionist Judaism (Jewish Reconstructionist Federation) 193
Reform Judaism (Union of American Hebrew Congregations) 194
Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 195
Church of Christ (Temple Lot) 197
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonites) 198
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 199
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 201
Lutheran Churches 203
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America 207
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations 208
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America 209
Church of the Lutheran Confession 209
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 210
Evangelical Lutheran Synod 211
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod 212
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 213
Mennonite Churches 213
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches 216
Bruderhof Communities 216
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite 217
Conservative Mennonite Conference 218
Evangelical Mennonite Church 219
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches 219
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches 220
Mennonite Church 220
Missionary Church 222
Old Order Amish Churches 223
Old Order (Wisler) Mennonite Church 223
Methodist Churches 224
African Methodist Episcopal Church 230
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 231
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 232
Congregational Methodist Church 233
Evangelical Church of North America 233
Evangelical Congregational Church 234
Evangelical Methodist Church 235
Free Methodist Church of North America 235
Pillar of Fire 236
Primitive Methodist Church, U.S.A. 237
Southern Methodist Church 238
United Methodist Church 239
Native American Religion 241
Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches 243
African Orthodox Church 248
Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America 249
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church 250
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America 251
Armenian Church 252
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church 254
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America 255
Holy Eastern Orthodox and Apostolic Church in North America, Inc. 256
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and Mar Thoma Orthodox Syrian Church (Indian Orthodox) 257
Orthodox Church in America (Russian Orthodox) 258
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America 260
Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church 261
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch (Archdiocese of the U.S.A. and Canada) 262
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. 263
Pentecostal Churches 265
Assemblies of God, General Council of 266
Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ 268
Bible Way Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, World Wide, Inc. 268
Christian Catholic Church 269
Christian Church of North America, General Council 270
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 271
Church of God in Christ 272
Church of God of Prophecy 273
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. 274
Church of the Living God, Christian Workers for Fellowship 275
Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc. 276
Congregational Holiness Church 277
Elim Fellowship 278
Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers, International 279
Independent Assemblies of God, International 279
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 280
International Pentecostal Church of Christ 282
International Pentecostal Holiness Church 283
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. 284
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. 285
Pentecostal Church of God 286
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. 287
United Holy Church of America, Inc. 288
United Pentecostal Church International 289
Vineyard Churches International 290
Presbyterian Churches 291
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 296
Cumberland Presbyterian Church 297
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America 299
Evangelical Presbyterian Church 300
Korean-American Presbyterian Church 301
Orthodox Presbyterian Church 301
Presbyterian Church in America 302
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 303
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 305
Reformed Churches 306
Christian Reformed Church in North America 310
Hungarian Reformed Church in America 311
Netherlands Reformed Congregations in North America 312
Protestant Reformed Churches in America 312
Reformed Church in America 313
Reformed Church in the United States 314
Salvation Army (and related organizations) 315
American Rescue Workers 317
Salvation Army 318
Volunteers of America, Inc. 320
Schwenkfelder Church 321
Spiritualist and Theosophical Bodies 322
National Spiritual Alliance of the U.S.A. 325
National Spiritualist Association of Churches 325
Swedenborgian Church (The General Convention of the New Jerusalem in the U.S.A.) 326
Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, International 328
Unification Church 328
Unitarian Universalist Association 330
Unity School of Christianity and Association of Unity Churches 334
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches 336
Worldwide Church of God 337
Appendix 1 Members of the National Association of Evangelicals 341
Appendix 2 Member Communions of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. 343
Appendix 3 Relationship of Church Bodies to One Another 344
Appendix 4 Directory of Denominational Headquarters and Web Sites 348
Suggested Readings 357
Index 363
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