Thursday, December 19, 2013

UMC Sets a Record Global Membership of 12.5M; Sees Growth in Dev. Countries Despite US Decline

Global membership in the United Methodist Church (UMC) passed the 12.5 million mark in 2012, reaching a record number for the denomination, the Christian Post website reports today (December 19, 2013).

Despite continuing its decline in the United States, the UMC maintained a trend of growth in developing countries, which greatly contributed to reaching the record number.

Scott Brewer -- associate general secretary of the UMC General Council for Finance and Administration (GCFA) said: "In 2012, the United Methodist Church continued to see its greatest growth centered in Africa and the Philippines."

American membership continued its years-long downward trend, as the GCFA reported that the number of UMC members in the United States went from 7,481,383 by the end of 2011 to 7,390,691 members at the end of 2012.

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