The United Methodist Church

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: The United Methodist Church
Denomination type: Methodist Bodies
Year Reporting: 2009
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Description: The United Methodist Church was formed April 23, 1968, in Dallas by the union of The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren Church. The two churches shared a common historical and spiritual heritage. The Methodist Church resulted in 1939 from the unification of three branches of Methodism - the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Methodist Protestant Church.
The Methodist movement began in 18th-century England under the preaching of John Wesley, but the Christmas Conference of 1784 in Baltimore is regarded as the date on which the organized Methodist Church was founded as an ecclesiastical organization. It was there that Francis Asbury was elected the first bishop in this country.
The Evangelical United Brethren Church was formed in 1946 with the merger of the Evangelical Church and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, both of which had their beginnings in Pennsylvania in the evangelistic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Philip William Otterbein and Jacob Albright were early leaders of this movement among the German-speaking settlers of the Middle Colonies.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

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Country: United States
Phone: (800)251-8140

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Director of Public Relations, Diane Degnan
Phone: (615)742-5406

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Beanie Rankin
Position: Asst. Director, Dept. Records and Statistics
Phone: (866)367-4232

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 7,679,850
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 7,679,850
Total Churches: 33,583
Average Attendance: 3,125,513
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 24,341
Other Service to the Church: 4,578
Retired: 16,311
Total Clergy: 45,230

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 164,742
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $1,197,495,141.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $5,020,514,489.00
Total Financial: $621,800,963,000
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures