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Denominational Profile

History

Methodist Episcopal Church, South

split into  Southern Methodist Church (1939)

 

The Southern Methodist Church was founded in 1939 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, who rejected that church's merger with the Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Protestant Church to form The Methodist Church in 1939.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1944 - 48 6,000
1947 - 54 6,327
1950 40 51 5,000
1951 17 52 8,300
1953 13 50 6,500
1955 21 52 4,724
1956 18 52 5,000
1957 18 46 7,000
1959 16 48 4,608
1963 21 52 4,025
1971 63 150 9,917
1975 121 174 11,000
1976 121 174 11,000
1977 127 169 11,000
1983 94 152 7,300
1985 94 150 7,231
1990 128 130 7,572
1991 133 130 7,572
1992 139 133 7,745
1993 105 128 7,891
1994 155 126 7,876
1996 138 127 7,669
1997 151 122 7,992
1999 114 117 7,686
2002 163 108 6,493
2003 163 108 6,493
2004 163 105 6,493
2005 158 104 6,300
2006 158 101 6,000

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]