Foreword

Acknowledgements

Julie

Visible Problem Indicators

Stewardship

Agents of Change - Issues

Institutional Dynamics

The Institutional and the Local Church

Operative Theology

Prognosis for the Future

Revival - What is Needed?

Closing Remarks

Appendix A
Membership in the United Methodist Church

One area of concern for those of us in Concerned Methodists is the continuing loss of members from our United Methodist Church over the past twenty nine years - 2,379,976, or an average of 82,068 people per year, 6,839 per month, 1,579 per week, or 225.6 per day, for every one of those years. The yearly summary is as follows:

Year Membership Net Loss
1969 10,789,624* First Year Tracked by CM+
1970 10,671,774* 117,850
1971 10,509,198* 162,576
1972 10,334,521* 174,677
1973 10,063,060* 271,461
1974 9,957,710* 105,350
1975 9,861,028* 96,682
1976 9,785,534* 75,494
1977 9,731,781* 53,753
1978 9,653,711* 78,070
1979 9,584,771* 68,940
1980 9,519,407* 65,364
1981 9,457,012* 62,395
1982 9,405,164* 51,848
1983 9,332,712* 72,452
1984 9,266,853* 65,859
1985 9,192,172* 74,681
1986 9,124,575* 67,597
1987 9,055,145* 69,430
1988 8,979,139* 76,006
1989 8,904,824* 74,315
1990 8,849,538* 55,286
1991 8,785,184* 64,354
1992 8,723,034* 62,150

Year Membership Net Loss
1993 8,646,466* 76,568
1994 8,584,199 62,267
1995 8,534,891 49,308
1996 8,492,130 (est.) 42,761 (est.)#
1997 8,448,125 (est.) 44,005 (est.)#
1998 8,409,648 (est.) 38,477 (est.)@

Notes:

*Source of these figures is the General Minutes of the Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church (Evanston, Illinois, General Council on Finance and Administration, 1969-1993.

+ 1969 is the first year that is being tracked by Concerned Methodists

# This figure is estimated as closely as possible. We encountered difficulty in getting figures from six annual conferences for 1996 and two for 1998 due to a variety of problems. In one instance, a significant number of churches in the Yellowstone Conference delayed turning in their figures until after their annual conference was held. After that, the accuracy of their figures was problematic.

@ The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference didn't report its numbers, and 77 Western Pennsylvania pastors failed to turn in membership data on time. (UMNS #365)"mbr-decl"


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