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A denomination has been defined as an organized aggregate of worship centers or congregations of similar ecclesiastical tradition within a specific country. These congregations and their members are called by the same denominational name in different areas and regard themselves as one autonomous Christian church distinct from other denominations, churches and traditions.

It is believed that there are over 33,000 distinct denominations in 238 countries around the world. These religious denominations have over 3,400,000 worship centers, churches or congregations.

The ten largest Christian denominations in the USA using church membership lists are:

1.  The Catholic Church: 68.5 million
2.  Southern Baptist Convention: 16.1 million
3.  The United Methodist Church: 7.8 million
4.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 6 million
5.  The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million
6.  National Baptist Convention, USA: 5 million
7.  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.5 million
8.  National Baptist Convention of America: 3.5 million
9.  Assemblies of God: 2.9 million
10. Presbyterian Church (USA): 2.7 million

The BibleChristianity is the most popular religion in the world with over 2 billion adherents. That is about 33% of the world population. Christians believe that there is only one God, whom they call Father as Jesus Christ taught them. Most Christians recognize Jesus as the Son of God who was sent to save mankind from death and sin.

Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Christians believe that God sent his Son to earth to save humanity from the consequences of its sins.
One of the most important concepts in Christianity is that of Jesus giving his life on the Cross (the Crucifixion) and rising from the dead on the third day (the Resurrection).
Christians worship in churches.
Spiritual leaders are called priests or ministers.
The Christian holy book is the Bible and consists of the Old and New Testaments.
Christian holy days such as Easter and Christmas are important milestones in the Western secular calendar.
Christians believe that there is only one God, but that there are three elements to this one God:
    God the Father
    God the Son
    The Holy Spirit
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Below, Mark Driscoll, co-founder and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, discusses the decline of denominations and popularity of inter denominational churches and religious networks. Pastor Driscoll helped start The Resurgence, a reformed, complementarian, missional movement.
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