Methodist Church (1939-1968)

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Denominational Profile

History

Methodist Protestant Church
Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church, South

merged intoMethodist Church (1939-1968)

merged intoUnited Methodist Church (1968)

   

split into  Evangelical Methodist Church (1946)

The Methodist Church was formed in 1939 by a reunion of the Methodist Protestant Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church (North) and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1940 - 42,139 7,377,487
1942 - 42,206 6,640,424
1944 - 41,067 8,046,129
1946 - - 8,430,146
1948 - 40,321 8,567,772
1950 24,255 40,158 8,935,647
1951 - 39,961 9,065,727
1952 25,491 39,906 9,180,428
1953 25,907 39,780 9,151,524
1954 26,165 39,801 9,202,728
1955 26,649 39,854 9,292,046
1956 26,909 39,845 9,422,893
1957 26,872 39,359 9,543,245
1958 27,328 39,338 9,670,690
1959 27,750 39,236 9,815,460
1960 27,748 38,882 9,893,094
1961 28,254 39,850 10,046,293
1962 28,611 39,044 10,153,003
1963 28,697 38,990 10,234,986
1964 28,988 38,908 10,304,184
1965 28,981 38,876 10,331,574
1966 29,287 37,603 10,310,619
1967 29,207 38,060 10,289,214

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]