Religion: Church Gains

Annually the Christian Herald makes a survey of the U. S. church situation. Last week it published statistics which showed 46,883,756 communicants, a gain of 807,256 over the previous year. Of new ordinations the net gain was 2,906 (total 216,078); of new church buildings 166.

Methodist congregations gained most, 220,183, which made the total membership 8,920,190, somewhat greater than the Baptists count, somewhat more than half of the Catholic Western bodies. The Catholic gain, as shown in the following table, was less than in recent years,...

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