Free Methodist Church of North America

Free Methodist Church of North America

World Ministries Center
770 N. High School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46214
United States

Attesting Officer
Mr. Ben Weesies
Yearbook Editor


Media Contact
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The Free Methodist Church was organized in 1860 in Western New York by ministers and laymen who had called the Methodist Episcopal Church to return to what they considered the original doctrines and lifestyle of Methodism. The issues included human freedom (anti-slavery), freedom and simplicity in worship, free seats so that the poor would not be discriminated against and freedom from secret oaths (societies) so the truth might be spoken freely at all times. The founders emphasized the teaching of the entire sanctification of life by means of grace through faith.
The denomination continues to be true to its founding principles. It communicates the gospel and its power to all people without discrimination through strong missionary, evangelistic and educational programs. Six colleges, a Bible college and numerous overseas schools train the youth of the church to serve in lay and ministerial roles.
Its members covenant to maintain simplicity in life, worship, daily devotion to Christ, responsible stewardship of time, talent and finance.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2009
67,472
107,683
8,114
75,586
1,053
2008
66,878
106,196
8,237
75,115
991
2007
67,259
107,130
7,891
75,150
1,030
2006
65,802
102,127
8,257
74,059
991
2004
65,272
100,593
8,267
73,539
1,008
2003
63,538
0
7,921
71,459
1,008
2001
61,202
94,053
8,101
69,342
978
1999
60,499
90,303
10,057
70,556
971
1998
62,176
0
11,060
73,236
990
1997
66,829
0
6,005
72,834
1,029
1996
60,322
0
14,533
74,855
1,050
1995
59,060
0
15,647
74,707
1,068
1993
59,156
0
15,429
74,585
1,050
1992
58,220
0
15,948
74,168
1,055
1991
57,794
0
15,778
73,572
1,063
1990
58,084
0
16,229
74,313
1,096
1989
59,754
0
16,115
75,869
1,066
1988
54,432
0
19,215
73,647
1,071
1987
57,262
0
15,963
73,225
1,072
1986
56,243
0
15,439
71,682
1,048
1985
56,242
0
15,981
72,223
1,048
1984
55,809
0
16,263
72,072
1,051
1982
54,198
0
16,459
70,657
1,012
1981
53,324
0
16,625
69,949
1,010
1979
51,263
0
16,131
67,394
1,013
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2009
0
0
0
2,104
2008
0
0
0
2,055
2007
0
0
0
2,021
2006
0
0
0
1,888
2004
0
0
0
1,913
2003
0
0
0
1,888
1999
0
0
0
1,869
1998
0
0
0
1,898
1997
0
0
0
1,956
1996
0
0
0
1,902
1995
0
0
0
1,902
1993
923
0
0
1,859
1992
918
0
0
1,854
1991
956
0
0
1,862
1990
0
0
0
1,805
1989
0
0
0
1,790
1988
1,133
0
0
1,802
1987
1,217
0
0
1,786
1986
1,079
0
0
1,765
1985
936
0
0
1,773
1984
1,755
0
0
1,755
1982
900
0
0
1,733
1981
853
0
0
1,703
1979
0
0
0
1,637
1978
0
0
0
1,805
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2009
0
0
31,669
31,669
2008
0
0
33,062
33,062
2007
0
0
33,580
33,580
2006
0
0
36,420
36,420
2004
0
0
39,107
39,107
2003
0
0
0
41,282
2001
866
5,549
81,640
87,189
1999
860
5,875
0
89,352
1998
878
6,011
88,848
94,859
1997
915
0
0
89,317
1996
0
0
0
90,044
1993
947
0
0
91,503
1992
0
0
0
91,657
1991
0
0
0
93,629
1990
0
0
0
98,005
1989
0
0
0
97,642
1988
1,088
0
0
107,723
1987
996
0
0
109,552
1986
1,000
0
0
109,844
1985
1,003
0
0
110,446
1984
0
0
0
103,531
1982
1,008
0
0
106,428
1981
1,006
0
0
105,905
1979
998
0
0
106,578
1978
1,118
0
0
119,385
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2009
$23,486,606
$174,000,000
$150,000,000
2008
$24,940,690
$172,000,000
$147,000,000
2007
$26,224,966
$176,000,000
$150,000,000
2006
$15,958,866
$159,000,000
$143,000,000
2004
$15,440,418
$147,000,000
$132,000,000
2003
$6,347,290
$129,000,000
$123,000,000
2001
$14,595,290
$126,000,000
$111,000,000
1999
$12,646,064
$99,552,963
$86,906,899
1998
$12,850,607
$95,105,529
$82,254,922
1997
$12,261,465
$90,948,790
$78,687,325
1996
$11,651,462
$81,914,088
$70,262,626
1995
$11,114,804
$78,802,759
$67,687,955
1993
$10,513,187
$72,991,481
$62,478,294
1992
$10,591,064
$71,175,143
$60,584,079
1991
$9,876,739
$67,757,203
$57,880,464
1990
$10,118,505
$65,347,686
$55,229,181
1989
$22,371,534
$62,506,956
$40,135,422
1988
$9,952,103
$58,740,144
$48,788,041
1987
$9,938,096
$57,681,394
$47,743,298
1986
$9,446,120
$55,597,001
$46,150,881
1985
$8,337,915
$55,438,267
$47,100,352
1982
$8,051,593
$43,108,027
$35,056,434
1978
$10,121,800
$34,033,258
$23,911,458
1977
$10,163,648
$32,581,612
$22,417,964
1976
$9,261,347
$29,215,533
$19,954,186