Statistics for Mission

Regular collection of Methodist statistics began in 1766, when membership numbers were reported for the first time. The present system of data collection and statistical reporting, based on an online annual returns round, is known as Statistics for Mission and dates back to 2002. From this information, a Connexional-level statistical report is prepared for the Methodist Conference every three years. The latest report in this series will be presented at the 2017 Conference.

Statistics can never tell the whole story of the Church's mission and ministry, and its limitations have always been recognised. Nevertheless, as the 2011 Conference report put it, statistics enable us to 'find out something about what we are, who we are, where we are, how we have changed and are changing, and, to a certain extent, what we are doing'.

For more information, contact: statisticsformission@methodistchurch.org.uk

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