Data Services

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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

Research Projects

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.

UMC Adherents in the United States, 2010

UMC Maps

Adherents in the US         Location of Congregations
Change in Adherents 2000-2010Population Penetration
Location of Congregations, County  

The State of Female and Racial/Ethnic United Methodist Clergy in the U.S.

The 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.

     Executive Summary

     Full Report

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.

Congregational Leadership Survey

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.

     Congregational Leadership Survey Report, 2008

For more information, contact the Office of Analysis & Research.