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Data Services

Every United Methodist clergy member and every congregation in the United States has a record that contains vital information such as demographics and contact information, but also the congregation or person’s history with the Church. Data Services keeps in close contact with all annual conferences and agencies to ensure that the Church’s records are current and intact. Every day our staff update information as churches are started or closed, districts realign, and annual conferences unify together as one, and as pastors start a new appointment, move, or retire (or come out of retirement). And each year, congregations submit an annual report of participation and fiscal information (See Statistical Resources), which gives a clear picture of the health and history of the individual church, the church’s conference, and The United Methodist Church as a whole.  


  Jurisdictional Conferences (2015) Central Conferences (2015)*
Total church membership 7,067,162 5,652,388
Total active churches 32,148 **10,631
Total clergy membership 47,271 7,506
Average Weekly Worship Attendance 2,749,926 1,494,409
Annual Conferences 56 76
Episcopal Areas 46 20
Jurisdictions 5 7


*This data represents the most recent data submitted to GCFA. In the few cases where conferences did not report any data, numbers were carried over from previous reporting. 
**The Central Conference statistical form asked for the number of organized churches, as well as the number of “preaching places,” a common form of gathering in certain countries that is not as formal as the organized churches elsewhere. Central Conferences reported 6,036 Preaching Places in addition to the 10,631 organized churches. 

For more information, contact the Data Services Department

Research and Reports

Find a sample of the resources Data Services uses and for information about how to make a research request here. Read More

Statistical Resources

The Data Services department regularly updates the following reports using our annual local church statistics collected from over 32,000 churches in the United States. These often give an insight into trends... Read More

The UMC Data Sync

For many years now, the idea of a unified data stream synced among agencies and conferences, through which data could be entered only once and... Read More