U.S. Membership: Trends
The following tables and charts provide trend data on membership, congregations and clergy for United Methodist Church available on the ARDA.
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United Methodist Church Trend Charts -- Click on a point to see data

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Change Over Time

  Clergy Congregations Members
1999-2009
+1,358
(+3.1%)
-2,026
(-5.7%)
-697,812
(-8.3%)
1986-2009
+7,231
(+19%)
-4,167
(-11%)
-1,444,725
(-15.8%)
1967-2009
---
-8,410
(-20%)
-3,347,126
(-30.4%)

United Methodist Church Trend Data
(1967-2009)
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Year Clergy Congregations Members
2009
45,230
33,583
7,679,850
2007
45,186
34,136
7,853,987
2006
45,220
34,398
7,931,733
2005
45,158
34,397
7,995,456
2004
45,149
34,660
8,075,010
2003
45,176
34,892
8,186,254
2002
44,987
35,102
8,251,175
2001
44,539
35,275
8,298,145
2000
44,118
35,469
8,340,954
1999
43,872
35,609
8,377,662
1998
---
36,170
8,400,000
1996
---
36,170
8,496,047
1995
39,061
36,361
8,538,662
1994
38,481
36,559
8,584,125
1993
38,479
36,771
8,646,595
1991
38,492
37,100
8,789,101
1989
---
37,407
8,904,824
1988
---
37,514
8,979,139
1987
---
37,641
9,055,145
1986
37,999
37,750
9,124,575
1985
37,808
37,876
9,192,172
1984
37,483
37,990
9,266,853
1983
37,228
38,055
9,291,936
1982
36,882
38,181
9,405,164
1981
36,676
38,298
9,457,012
1980
36,502
38,417
9,519,407
1979
36,066
38,576
9,653,711
1978
35,939
36,682
9,731,779
1977
35,779
38,744
9,785,534
1976
35,488
38,795
9,861,028
1975
35,245
39,027
9,957,710
1974
35,106
39,195
10,063,046
1973
34,885
39,395
10,192,265
1972
34,974
39,626
10,334,521
1971
34,822
40,054
10,509,198
1970
34,561
40,653
10,671,774
1969
34,651
40,989
10,824,010
1968
33,236
41,901
10,990,720
1967
---
41,993
11,026,976
Data Sources

United Methodist Church Members:
Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).


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