Church Yearbook registers large declines in memberships of some faiths

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Three church organizations from widely different parts of the religious landscape reached the same conclusion — that they aren’t nearly as large as they had said previously.

In fact, each of them reduced their estimated number of adherents by about 1 million....

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Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Chris Taylor wrote:

TEC is reporting membership of 2 million, down by 2.5%?  Come on folks, let’s be a little more honest!

February 27, 12:12 am | [comment link]
2. MichaelA wrote:

I applaud these churches that are prepared to revise the way in which they count their members, even if that may mean their apparent numbers of adherents falling.

There are probably a dozen different ways to count a church’s numbers, and none of them are necessarily invalid. Its a matter of what the church really wants to measure.

It sounds like these Baptists and Orthodox churches want to change to a system more focussed on active members, and less on nominal (or even completely inactive) members.

February 27, 7:06 am | [comment link]
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