The growing “non-denoms”

Gallup has released another interesting poll. This one took a look at the growing tendency of Protestants in America to attend churches that are not affiliated with a denomination. This is set against the growing percentage of Americans who do not have any religious affiliation at all, the “nones.” A decrease in denominational affiliation from 50% to 30% in sixteen years is staggering. The landscape is changing so fast you wonder if the UMC can possibly cope.

Americans who identify as Christians other than Catholics or Mormons increasingly put themselves into a non-denominational category rather than identifying with a specific denomination such as Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian and so forth. Others simply identify their religion as Christian without any reference to Protestantism or a specific Protestant denomination. As a result of these trends, the percentage of Americans who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has dropped from 50% in 2000 to 30% in 2016, while Christians who don’t name a specific religion or denomination have doubled in number, from 9% to 17%.

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