General Conference Mennonite Church

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The General Conference Mennonite Church was founded in 1860 through the union of more liberal and innovative Mennonite congregations under the leadership of John H. Oberholtzer.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 208 126 19,937
1929 223 136 21,582
1935 241 156 25,561
1936 - 142 26,535
1937 - 170 34,819
1942 - 178 36,032
1945 - 240 40,000
1947 - 230 45,200
1950 412 276 35,290
1951 305 185 35,000
1953 360 187 36,170
1954 376 187 35,831
1955 200 180 34,589
1956 410 198 38,118
1957 446 206 36,060
1959 448 208 35,531
1960 443 209 35,491
1961 439 191 35,415
1963 401 207 39,450
1964 437 190 35,651
1966 416 188 35,841
1967 796 284 53,584
1968 423 181 36,337
1969 409 189 35,613
1970 416 187 49,105
1971 314 192 36,314
1972 329 189 36,129
1973 348 188 36,483
1974 357 188 35,534
1976 518 187 36,397
1979 - 196 36,775
1980 - 202 36,736
1981 505 218 36,644
1983 400 213 37,000
1984 - 212 37,000
1985 - 211 36,318
1986 365 215 35,170
1987 400 214 34,889
1988 379 224 34,693
1989 392 220 33,982
1990 409 218 33,535
1991 394 229 33,937
1993 401 224 33,629
1994 786 221 32,782
1995 792 268 35,852
1996 1,025 265 35,333
1997 687 264 34,731
1998 444 313 36,600
1999 541 295 35,759

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). [More information on data sources]