When she gave her annual report on Friday, June 15, New England Conference statistician Joy Mueller had a question for the members of Annual Conference – How well do you know the New England Annual Conference by the numbers?
To find out, Mueller gave the members a 12-question quiz – and offered a prize to anyone who answered all the questions correctly. If you want to try the quiz
, read no further and click the link to see the questions (and answers).
Mueller also reported a first in her 25 years as statistician: Every one of the 525 non-federated churches in the conference submitted a report; 32 of the federated churches also submitted reports.
Here are some of the highlights from the report:
- The number of Professions of Faith increased this year. The total of 1,141 for 2017 was 14% higher than the 997 in 2016 and also higher than the 1,120 in 2015.
- Though baptisms overall did not increase, there was a slight increase in the number of children baptized: 235 in 2017 compared to 231 in 2016.
- Church school attendance increased and the number of children enrolled in Christian Formation Groups (5,492) went up for the first time in the past decade.
- Median average pledge went from $33.87 in 2016 to $35.56 in 2017.
- Mission Spending (not including Mission Shares) went from $2,654,227 in 2016 to $2,850,492 in 2017.
- There was an increases in the percentage of members of color.
- An increase was also seen in number of people in ongoing small groups and in mission service.
- 147 of our churches reported an increase in worship attendance.
Mueller also pointed to areas that were following the overall trend and decreased over the past year, those include: membership, worship attendance, number of churches, and the number of churches with full-time pastors.
See the complete report as a PowerPoint