Methodist Episcopal Church, South

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Denominational Profile


Methodist Episcopal Church

split into  Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1844)

merged intoMethodist Church (1939-1968)


split into  Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (1870)
Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (1870)
Congregational Methodist Church (1852)
New Congregational Methodist Church (1881)
Pilgrim Holiness Church (1897)
Southern Methodist Church (1940)

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 7,994 16,957 2,534,112
1929 7,961 16,569 2,594,038
1931 - - 2,346,000
1933 - 16,199 2,681,233
1935 7,790 16,245 2,751,354
1937 - 16,320 2,822,516

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]

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