Motivational Statistics #2: Doom and Gloom

Doug Anderson’s recent presentation “Mission Centered Ministry in the 21st Century” added some new examples to my collection of motivational “doom and gloom” statistics. Doug is the executive director of the Bishop Rueben Job Center for Leadership Development. I worked all five of his presentations held in our conference in November 2012.

Urban ruins of City UMC, Gary, Indiana

#1. 44 years – From 1968 to 2012 – since merger between the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

– 200 million to 300 million population in USA = +50% gain

– 10.9 to 8.3 million members in UMC = – 24% loss

From 10.9/200 million = 5.5% of the population are UMC … now to to 8.3/300 million = 2.8% of the population are UMC  = – 51% loss of nationwide membership.

2. Only 10% of UMC churches show 5% or more growth per year as measured by attendance.

3. The average UMC member invites someone to worship once every 38 years. In the last 12 months, 1 % have invited someone to worship.

As Tom Peters said long ago, “You can’t shrink your way to greatness.”

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1 Response to Motivational Statistics #2: Doom and Gloom

  1. Mary says:

    Finally! I am the 1%!

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