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.
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|Jurisdictional Conferences (2017)||Central Conferences (2017)*|
|Total church membership||6,806,334||6,471,921|
|Total active churches||32,257||**12,869|
|Total clergy membership||37,009||10,394|
|Average Weekly Worship Attendance||2,558,622||2,588,883|
*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 18,012 Preaching Places in addition to the 12,869 organized churches.