United Methodist Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Methodist Church (1939-1968)
Evangelical United Brethren

merged intoUnited Methodist Church (1968)

 

The United Methodist Church, the third-largest church in America, continues the Methodist movement founded in the 18th century in England by John Wesley. In 1968, a long process of consolidation of various Methodist churches in the United States culminated in the formation of the United Methodist Church by the merger of the Methodist Church (1939-1968) and the United Evangelical Brethren.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1967 - 41,993 11,026,976
1968 33,236 41,901 10,990,720
1969 34,651 40,989 10,824,010
1970 34,561 40,653 10,671,774
1971 34,822 40,054 10,509,198
1972 34,974 39,626 10,334,521
1973 34,885 39,395 10,192,265
1974 35,106 39,195 10,063,046
1975 35,245 39,027 9,957,710
1976 35,488 38,795 9,861,028
1977 35,779 38,744 9,785,534
1978 35,939 36,682 9,731,779
1979 36,066 38,576 9,653,711
1980 36,502 38,417 9,519,407
1981 36,676 38,298 9,457,012
1982 36,882 38,181 9,405,164
1983 37,228 38,055 9,291,936
1984 37,483 37,990 9,266,853
1985 37,808 37,876 9,192,172
1986 37,999 37,750 9,124,575
1987 - 37,641 9,055,145
1988 - 37,514 8,979,139
1989 - 37,407 8,904,824
1991 38,492 37,100 8,789,101
1993 38,479 36,771 8,646,595
1994 38,481 36,559 8,584,125
1995 39,061 36,361 8,538,662
1996 - 36,170 8,496,047
1998 - 36,170 8,400,000
1999 43,872 35,609 8,377,662
2000 44,118 35,469 8,340,954
2001 44,539 35,275 8,298,145
2002 44,987 35,102 8,251,175
2003 45,176 34,892 8,186,254
2004 45,149 34,660 8,075,010
2005 45,158 34,397 7,995,456
2006 45,220 34,398 7,931,733
2007 45,186 34,136 7,853,987
2009 45,216 33,855 7,774,931

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]