The United Methodist Church [UMC]

ASARB Member

The United Methodist Church [UMC]

810 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Attesting Officer
Beanie Rankin
Asst. Director, Dept. Records and Statistics


Media Contact
Director of Public Relations, Diane Degnan

36.1477635, -86.7847572


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.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1998
8,400,000
0
0
8,400,000
36,170
1996
8,496,047
0
0
8,496,047
36,170
1983
0
0
0
9,291,936
38,055
1982
0
0
0
9,405,164
38,181
1981
0
0
0
9,457,012
38,298
1980
9,584,711
0
0
9,519,407
38,417
1979
9,653,711
0
0
9,653,711
38,576
1978
9,731,779
0
0
9,731,779
36,682
1977
9,785,534
0
0
9,785,534
38,744
1976
9,861,028
0
0
9,861,028
38,795
1975
9,957,710
0
0
9,957,710
39,027
1974
10,063,046
0
0
10,063,046
39,195
1973
10,192,265
0
0
10,192,265
39,395
1972
10,334,521
0
0
10,334,521
39,626
1971
10,509,198
0
0
10,509,198
40,054
1970
10,671,774
0
0
10,671,774
40,653
1969
10,824,010
0
0
10,824,010
40,989
1968
10,990,720
0
0
10,990,720
41,901
1967
10,289,214
0
0
10,289,214
38,060
1966
10,310,619
0
0
10,310,619
37,603
1965
0
0
0
10,331,574
38,876
1964
0
0
0
10,304,184
38,908
1963
0
0
0
10,234,986
38,990
1962
0
0
0
10,153,003
39,044
1961
0
0
0
10,046,293
39,850
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1996
19,580
0
0
39,061
1983
20,882
0
0
37,228
1982
20,781
0
0
36,882
1981
20,764
0
0
36,676
1980
20,558
0
0
36,502
1979
20,178
0
0
36,066
1978
20,357
0
0
35,938
1977
20,300
0
0
35,779
1976
20,235
0
0
35,488
1975
20,241
0
0
35,245
1974
20,222
0
0
35,106
1973
20,130
0
0
34,885
1972
20,518
0
0
34,974
1971
20,550
0
0
34,822
1970
20,619
0
0
34,561
1969
0
0
0
34,651
1968
0
0
0
33,236
1967
0
0
0
29,207
1966
0
0
0
29,287
1965
24,676
0
0
28,981
1964
24,000
0
0
28,988
1963
24,076
0
0
28,697
1962
24,604
0
0
28,611
1961
25,267
0
0
28,254
1960
24,543
0
0
27,748
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1998
33,659
0
0
3,705,863
1996
33,659
0
0
3,705,863
1980
36,230
0
0
4,222,229
1979
36,388
0
0
4,277,050
1978
36,485
0
0
4,410,471
1977
35,944
0
0
4,521,992
1976
36,696
0
0
4,654,211
1975
36,852
0
0
4,774,391
1974
37,060
0
0
4,930,475
1973
37,230
0
0
5,166,683
1972
37,607
0
0
5,380,147
1971
37,803
0
0
5,634,662
1970
0
0
0
5,924,464
1969
0
0
0
6,267,850
1968
0
0
0
6,852,285
1967
0
0
0
6,509,393
1966
0
0
0
6,758,905
1965
37,494
677,764
6,224,674
6,902,438
1964
37,494
677,764
6,387,200
7,064,964
1963
38,007
677,764
6,168,405
6,846,169
1962
38,010
674,051
6,251,069
6,925,120
1961
37,993
664,643
6,295,977
6,960,620
1960
38,076
637,529
6,494,893
7,132,422
1959
39,993
632,755
6,521,349
7,154,104
1958
38,044
620,986
6,463,202
7,084,188
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1996
$609,000,000
$640,000,000
$31,359,821
1983
$464,000,000
$2,050,000,000
$1,590,000,000
1982
$438,000,000
$1,930,000,000
$1,490,000,000
1981
$405,000,000
$1,790,000,000
$1,390,000,000
1980
$361,000,000
$1,630,000,000
$1,270,000,000
1979
$343,000,000
$1,480,000,000
$1,140,000,000
1978
$314,000,000
$1,360,000,000
$1,050,000,000
1977
$292,000,000
$1,260,000,000
$972,000,000
1976
$266,000,000
$1,160,000,000
$896,000,000
1975
$249,000,000
$1,080,000,000
$832,000,000
1974
$215,000,000
$1,010,000,000
$794,000,000
1973
$212,000,000
$936,000,000
$724,000,000
1972
$201,000,000
$886,000,000
$685,000,000
1971
$190,000,000
$843,000,000
$653,000,000
1970
$137,000,000
$820,000,000
$683,000,000
1969
$141,000,000
$800,000,000
$660,000,000
1968
$110,000,000
$702,000,000
$592,000,000
1964
$0
$609,000,000
$0
1963
$0
$614,000,000
$0
1962
$0
$599,000,000
$0
1961
$0
$582,000,000
$0
1960
$0
$554,000,000
$0
1959
$0
$512,000,000
$0
1958
$0
$512,000,000
$0
1957
$0
$466,000,000
$0