Friends General Conference

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Friends General Conference, founded in 1900, brought together several yearly meetings of the Society of Friends that followed the unprogrammed and free spirit of the Quakers associated with Friends minister Elias Hicks.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1942 - 146 16,875
1943 - 154 17,870
1946 - 153 18,144
1950 0 164 18,029
1951 0 165 18,729
1952 0 150 19,543
1953 - 148 20,106
1955 0 217 27,829
1956 0 224 28,024
1957 0 223 28,362
1958 25 279 31,473
1959 - 291 31,530
1961 - 270 31,550
1962 - 291 31,851
1963 - 293 31,879
1964 - 310 31,777
1965 - 292 31,670
1966 0 306 31,831
1967 0 315 31,461
1969 0 314 31,498
1970 - 314 31,564
1971 - 233 26,671
1974 0 233 26,184
1983 0 505 31,600
1987 0 505 31,600
1991 - 520 30,902
1992 - 520 31,500
1993 - 520 31,500
1994 - 550 31,500
1995 0 602 31,415
1996 - 600 33,000
1997 - 620 32,000
1998 7 620 32,000
1999 7 620 32,000
2000 0 650 34,577
2002 - 832 32,000

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]