Mainline Protestant churches are churches that trace their heritage to one of the key original North American denominations (American Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist). However, there are many Baptists, Presbyterians, etc. that would not consider themselves mainline. The distinguishing factor is that Mainline Protestant churches generally do not identify with the evangelical, fundamentalist, or charismatic movements of 19th and 20th century North America, and are generally socially progressive or even liberal.
Here are the organizations in our database identified with this religious perspective. To view all the religious perspectives on this site, visit our page on religious perspectives.