“Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is his only Son.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
There are numerous Christian denominations, of which Roman Catholicism is the largest individual denomination.
The Roman Catholic Church, however, does not view itself as a denomination. It identifies itself as the original pre-denominational church.
Besides, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the denominations of Protestantism are also extremely popular. In fact, these three constitute the largest groups of Christianity worldwide.
Apart from the Catholic Church, the following are the 5 largest Christian denominations in the United States
Southern Baptist Convention– It is the world’s largest Baptist denomination. SBC was founded in the Southern United States in 1845 at a religious convention held in Augusta. You can read more about this US-based denomination at www.sbc.net.
United Methodist Church– Founded in 1968, the United Methodist Church is mainline Protestant as well as Evangelical. Its theological orientation is Wesleyan. The Church was created by the union of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints– The LDS Church is informally known as the Mormon Church. According to the National Council of Churches, this is the fourth largest Christian denomination in the US.
The Church of God in Christ– The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is Holiness or Pentecostal in nature. It was formed by a group of disfellowshiped Baptists in the year 1897. It has almost 5.5 million members in the US. Thus, it is the fifth largest Christian Church in the United States.
National Baptist Convention USA– This is the largest predominantly African-American Christian denomination in the US with about five million members.
It was formed at the Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta in 1895 in order to bring together the Foreign Mission Convention, the American National Baptist Convention, and the National Baptist Education Convention under a single convention.
Here is a list of some other Christian denominations and faith movements
AME Church (African Methodist Episcopal Church)
Assemblies of God
Assyrian Church of the East
Born Again Movement
Calvary Chapel Movement
Christian Reformed Church
Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist)
Coptic Orthodox Church
Disciples of Christ
Emerging Church Movement
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Evengelical Lutheran Church in America
International Circle of Faith
Jesus People USA
Messianic Jewish Movement
Methodist Church Nigeria
National Baptist Convention of America
New Apostolic Church
Primitive Baptist Church
United Church of Christ
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Pentecostal Church
Unity School of Christianity
Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
Willow Creek Church
Word of Faith Movement