Original post at http://www.johnleek.com/2012/11/differing-decline-rates-among.html
Yesterday I shared a chart showing where the United Methodist Church is growing
or shrinking globally. The question was raised asking if similar data was available on the jurisdictional level.
This represents my best attempt at that:
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This table shows membership loss (and growth!) between 1999 and 2004 in American United Methodist Jurisdictions. It's from a report for the GBHEM
primarily on changes in clergy.
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This table shows membership loss between 2005 and 2009 in American United Methodist Jurisdictions. It's from a spreadsheet prepared by Joe Whittemore
analyzing changes in representation for General Conference.
This summer I sought to find data on each annual and jurisdictional conference to create an updated chart or spreadsheet, but couldn't find a complete data set. Most of that data is available in the 2012 Annual Conference Reports
. Unfortunately some conferences didn't include their membership in these reports and others still haven't been uploaded.