Available Data and Resources
U.S. Local Church Statistics
- membership and attendance
- church school enrollment and attendance
- property values
- local church giving and expenditures
- electronic records going back to 1974
Central Conference Statistics
- professing and baptized membership
- church school enrollment
- clergy and church counts
Clergy and Church Records
- appointment and address files for churches, charges, and ordained and diaconal ministers Records Policy
- address files for Episcopal, annual conference and district administrative offices
- maintenance of permanent church numbers used as key identifiers by all UM agencies and many annual conferences
2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study
The UMC participated in the 2010 U.S. Religion Census sponsored by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). For this study, total UMC adherents are defined as professing, baptized and constituent members.
|Adherents in the US||Location of Congregations|
|Change in Adherents 2000-2010||Population Penetration|
|Location of Congregations, County|
The State of Female and Racial/Ethnic United Methodist Clergy in the U.S.
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), the General
Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), and the National Association
of Commissions on Equitable Compensation (NACEC) partnered to conduct a
study on clergy appointments in the U.S.
General Conference Delegate Survey
The 2012 General Conference Delegate Survey provides demographic/descriptive information on the composition of the delegate body as well as the opinions and beliefs of the delegates on the church and societal issues.DCA Summary Report
U.S. Congregational Life Survey
The Office of Analysis & Research recruited 185 congregations to take part in a national survey of worshippers during a Sunday worship service – April 26 or May 3, 2009. Attendees had an opportunity to share information on their faith perspective, church participation, and demographic background. The survey was conducted in partnership with U.S. Congregations, a group of religious researchers and sociologists.
The Office of Analysis & Research conducted a survey of 10,000 congregational leaders to gather information on local church demographics, worship styles, leadership, and programs, among other topics.
For more information, contact the Office of Analysis & Research.