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  1. Assessing the Landscape Demographics and Trends in Kansas Christianity

  2. Religious Adherents in Kansas • Half of Kansans claimed by religious groups in 2010 • 1.4 million (98%) by Christian groups • 27 thousand non-Christians

  3. Largest Groups in Kansas • Christians are 97% Protestant or Catholic • Catholics are largest single group

  4. Largest Groups in Kansas • Christians are 97% Protestant or Catholic • Catholics are largest single group • Protestants divided into a hundred smaller groups

  5. Adherents of Other Religions • 82 hundred Buddhists in five counties • From 7 to 27 temples 2000-2010 • 77 hundred Muslims in fourteen counties • From 9 to 11 masjids 2000-2010 • 77 hundred Jews in two counties • From 10 to 6 synagogues 2000-2010 • 37 hundred “Other” across all regions • From 15 to 20 centers 2000-2010

  6. Unclaimed Kansans • 1.4 million not claimed by any of 236 groups • Religion Census can’t identify them beyond total numbers, but Gallup surveys suggest • 80% (1.1 million) believe in God • 60% (850 thousand) are Christian • 20% (300 thousand) call themselves members Source: Gallup numbers (90%, 80%, 60%) applied to Religion Census 50% unclaimed figures for Kansas

  7. Trends in Religious Groups • Catholics increased 5.1% statewide since 2000 • Conservative/Evangelicals lost 1.5% since 2000

  8. Trends in Religious Groups • Catholics increased 5.1% statewide since 2000 • Conservative/Evangelicals lost 1.5% since 2000 • Mainlines dropped 14.7% since 2000

  9. Trends in Religious Groups • Catholics increased 5.1% statewide since 2000 • Conservative/Evangelicals lost 1.5% since 2000 • Mainlines dropped 14.7% since 2000 • Other groups grew, but numbers are small • LDS grew 64% to 40 thousand statewide • Orthodox Christians grew 24% to 3 thousand • “Other Christian” grew 56% to 1 thousand

  10. Attendance Estimates • Up to one-fourth of Kansans attend religious services each week Source: Partial reports given to 2010 U.S. Religion Census offices.

  11. Opportunities and Challenges • Population concentrations • Poverty rates • Population growth and decline • Minority groups

  12. Who Works with Hispanics? • One-third of U.S. Catholics are Hispanic • Correlation between Hispanics and Catholics • Other groups also claim Hispanic membership Source: Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies

  13. Further Data Available On-line • Specific denominations, maps, tables • www.USReligionCensus.org • Comparative religious tables and charts • www.TheARDA.com • Census and American Community Survey data • www.census.gov • Community demographics • www.nazareneresearch.org