United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ

700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
United States

Attesting Officer
Destiny Hisey
Associate Director, Center for Analytics Research and Data


Media Contact
Connie Larkman

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The historical roots of The United Church of Christ reach back to some of the first Christian communities in the United States – Pilgrims, Puritans and German settlers. Two churches, each the product of an earlier union, joined together in 1957 to form the United Church of Christ – the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

“Congregational” and “free church” best describe the United Church of Christ’s form of governance. The denomination’s Constitution says Jesus Christ is the “sole Head” of the church, and the local congregation is its “basic unit.” Local churches call their own pastors and make their own decisions about membership, worship, budget, programs and other matters. UCC congregations are affiliated with one of 38 conferences, many of them encompassing one or more U.S. states. The main deliberative body of the UCC is its General Synod, whose 750-plus delegates meet every two years. In between the Synod, the 52-member United Church of Christ Board conducts the business of the denomination.

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has embodied a fierce commitment for the equal rights of all, including its clergy. In 1972, the UCC became the first Protestant denomination to ordain an openly gay man; and in 2005, the Church formally affirmed “Equal Marriage Rights for All,” becoming the first mainline Christian denomination to support same gender marriage. In 2013, the UCC was the first mainline denomination to vote to move toward fossil fuel divestment as one strategy to address climate change. The UCC is also active on issues related to immigration reform, racial justice, and literacy.

The Core Values of the United Church of Christ are continuing testament, extravagant welcome, and changing lives; and all settings of the church seek to live into the UCC’s Vision of a just world for all.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1980
1,736,244
0
0
1,736,244
6,462
1979
1,745,533
0
0
1,745,533
6,487
1977
1,785,652
0
0
1,785,652
6,512
1976
1,801,241
0
0
1,801,241
6,528
1975
1,818,762
0
0
1,818,762
6,552
1974
1,841,312
0
0
1,841,312
6,581
1973
1,867,810
0
0
1,867,810
6,617
1972
1,895,016
0
0
1,895,016
6,635
1971
1,928,674
0
0
1,928,674
6,688
1970
1,960,608
0
0
1,960,608
6,727
1969
1,997,898
0
0
1,997,898
6,803
1968
0
0
0
2,032,648
6,866
1967
2,052,857
0
0
2,052,857
6,908
1966
2,063,481
0
0
2,063,481
6,945
1965
0
0
0
2,070,413
6,960
1964
0
0
0
2,067,223
6,957
1963
0
0
0
2,023,611
6,886
1962
0
0
0
2,056,696
6,894
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1980
5,116
0
0
9,870
1979
5,195
0
0
9,692
1977
5,054
0
0
9,739
1976
5,146
0
0
9,607
1975
5,031
0
0
9,536
1974
4,984
0
0
9,526
1973
4,992
0
0
9,464
1972
4,990
0
0
9,480
1971
5,136
0
0
9,378
1970
6,019
0
0
10,121
1969
6,095
0
0
10,171
1968
5,037
0
0
9,058
1967
5,366
0
0
9,047
1966
5,973
0
0
8,774
1965
6,670
0
0
8,692
1964
5,408
0
0
8,692
1963
5,331
0
0
8,479
1962
5,473
0
0
8,528
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1980
6,462
0
0
477,416
1979
0
0
0
487,084
1977
6,512
0
0
533,307
1976
6,528
0
0
553,119
1975
6,552
0
0
578,786
1974
6,581
0
0
595,457
1973
0
0
0
626,082
1972
0
0
0
659,122
1971
0
0
0
711,757
1970
0
0
0
766,244
1969
0
0
0
825,738
1968
0
0
0
881,227
1967
0
0
0
957,329
1966
0
0
0
1,015,418
1965
6,900
116,255
968,368
1,084,623
1964
7,348
116,255
1,014,834
1,131,089
1963
7,348
116,255
1,039,506
1,155,761
1962
7,348
116,255
1,070,336
1,186,591
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1980
$44,042,186
$323,000,000
$279,000,000
1979
$41,100,583
$291,000,000
$249,000,000
1978
$37,789,958
$270,000,000
$233,000,000
1977
$35,522,221
$255,000,000
$220,000,000
1976
$33,862,658
$241,000,000
$207,000,000
1975
$32,125,332
$226,000,000
$194,000,000
1974
$30,243,223
$215,000,000
$184,000,000
1973
$28,471,058
$197,000,000
$169,000,000
1972
$27,793,561
$193,000,000
$166,000,000
1971
$26,409,521
$185,000,000
$159,000,000
1970
$26,934,289
$182,000,000
$155,000,000
1969
$27,338,543
$180,000,000
$153,000,000
1968
$18,869,136
$171,000,000
$152,000,000
1964
$0
$169,000,000
$0
1963
$0
$162,000,000
$0
1962
$0
$165,000,000
$0