For the second year, New England Conference Statistician Joy Mueller gave her report by putting members to the test regarding the NEAC's numbers. Her report, which was delivered on Friday, June 14, at the 2019 Annual Conference session, covers statistics for 2018. Click the button below each question to reveal the answer.
Joy also invited folks to submit their own questions about the 2018 NEAC stats. Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Your question (and the answer!) may appear in the weekly e-newsletter.
At the end of 2018, our conference had 590 local churches located in 6 different states and 9 geographic districts. Can you name 3 districts that have churches in more than one state?
Which of our 9 districts has the most churches?
Which district has the most professing members in the New England Conference? (This would be the total of all professing members in all churches in that district.)
Which district’s membership is the most racially/ethnically diverse?
All districts had an overall decrease in worship attendance from 2017 to 2018. Which district had the smallest overall decrease?
Although each district had an overall decline in worship attendance, every district had some churches reporting an increase in attendance. There were 2 districts that had the same, highest percentage of churches reporting an increase. Can you guess which pair had 40% of their churches increase in attendance last year?
CMA & MBH
NME & RIM
TRI and NHD
Turning our attention to some statistics that are related to children and youth. Three of the following 5 categories showed an overall increase for the conference from 2017-2018. Can you guess which 3?
What do you think is the total dollars spent by all our 590 churches in 2018?
- Children enrolled in local church Christian Formation programs
- Youth enrolled in same
- Vacation Bible participants,
- Persons enrolled in Confirmation classes,
- Children and youth attending camp at one of the United Methodist camps
What would be your guess as for the estimated value of our church buildings, parsonages, land, equipment and other assets?
Which of our New England states, would you guess has the most United Methodist members per capita?