The number of professing adult United Methodist Church members has continued to decline—now to 7.93 million—though the last tabulated drop was less than a percentage point.
When the church considers the thousands of nonmember adults and children for whom local churches have “pastoral responsibility,” Methodist officials said last month, the denomination is holding its own and enjoying some growth.
The recently released figures for 2006 counted 7,931,733 professing members in the U.S., down from 7,995,429 in 2005. The 2006 worldwide figures for United Methodists are not expected to be tallied until late this year. That figure was 11.5 million in 2005.