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Methodist United Kingdom - - 14,200
units
- 1932 *LINK* "News in Brief " in Hinduism Today International (Feb. 1996 -- Vol. 18, No. 2); original source: Religion News Service. CHRISTIAN CHURCHES are being sold by the hundreds in the UK and being made over into Hindu temples, mandiras and Sikh gurudwaras... Methodism is waning at a fast rate. Today, only 7,000 Methodist churches remain out of 14,200 in 1932.
Methodist United Kingdom - 7.00% - - 1986 *LINK* "Religion; Secularisation " web page; "Sociology at Hewitt " site, Hewitt School, Norfolk, UK A 1983 Gallup Poll found that 64% of white British people considered themselves Church of England, 11% Roman Catholic, 7% Methodist, 2% Baptist, only 16% had "no religion "
Methodist United Kingdom 760,000 - - - 1991 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Total population: 57,591,677. Anglican 27 million, Roman Catholic 9 million, Muslim 1 million, Presbyterian 800,000, Methodist 760,000, Sikh 400,000, Hindu 350,000, Jewish 300,000 (1991 est.). NOTE: UK does not include question on religion in its census.
Methodist United Kingdom 26,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). "...more than 26,000 Methodists were worshipping in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 1767 "
Methodist United Kingdom - - 7,000
units
- 1996 *LINK* "News in Brief " in Hinduism Today International (Feb. 1996 -- Vol. 18, No. 2); original source: Religion News Service. CHRISTIAN CHURCHES are being sold by the hundreds in the UK and being made over into Hindu temples, mandiras and Sikh gurudwaras... Methodism is waning at a fast rate. Today, only 7,000 Methodist churches remain out of 14,200 in 1932.
Methodist United Kingdom & Ireland 26,000 - - - 1767 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 155-156. "...more than 26,000 Methodists were worshipping in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in 1767. "
Methodist United Kingdom: England 4 - 1
unit
- 1729 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 14-15. "John Wesley... wrote the following account of the 1st society called Methodist: 'In Nov., 1729, 4 young gentlemen of Oxford... began... reading chiefly the Greek Testament... The next year, two or three of Mr. Wesley's pupils desired the liberty of meeting with them; and afterwards one of Mr. Charles Wesley's pupils... "
Methodist United Kingdom: England 8 - 1
unit
- 1730 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 14-15. "John Wesley... wrote the following account of the 1st society called Methodist: 'In Nov., 1729, 4 young gentlemen of Oxford... began... reading chiefly the Greek Testament... The next year, two or three of Mr. Wesley's pupils desired the liberty of meeting with them; and afterwards one of Mr. Charles Wesley's pupils... "
Methodist United Kingdom: England 16 - 1
unit
- 1732 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 14-15. "John Wesley... wrote the following account of the 1st society called Methodist: 'In Nov., 1729, 4 young gentlemen of Oxford... began... reading chiefly the Greek Testament... The next year, two or three of Mr. Wesley's pupils desired the liberty of meeting with them; and afterwards one of Mr. Charles Wesley's pupils... It was in 1732 that Mr. Ingham... & Mr. Broughton... were added... To these, in April, was joined Mr. Clayton... with 2 or 3 of his pupils... [&] Mr. James Hervey... and afterwards Mr. Whitefield' "
Methodist United Kingdom: England - - - - 1740 Stack, Peggy Fletcher. A World of Faith. USA: Signature Books (1998); pg. 29. "Methodists. John Wesley, an eighteenth-century priest in the Church of England...
Methodist United Kingdom: England 70,000 - - - 1800 Hopfe, Lews M. Religions of the World, Macmillan Publishing Co.: New York (1983) [3rd edition]; pg. 413. "At the end of the eighteenth century there were over 70,000 Methodists in England... "
Methodist United Kingdom: Great Britain 1,264,493 - - - 1945 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 489. Table: "The following statistical table gives the present approx. membership of the main divisions of world-wide Methodism... " Location listed in table as "Great Britain "
Methodist United Kingdom: Great Britain 500,000 - - - 1986 Langley, Andrew. Passport to Great Britain. New York: Franklin Watts (1986); pg. 26. "Religions: In 1985 an estimated 16% of the adult population were members of Christian churches.... Other Protestant churches, including the Methodists (with nearly 500,000 adult members) and the Baptists (226,000). "
Methodist United Kingdom: Wales - - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 402-403. "Location: United Kingdom (Wales); Population: 2.8 million "; "The Methodism of evangelist John Wesley had a strong influence on the Welsh beginning in the 18th century, and most Welsh Christians today are Methodists (also called Nonconformists). "
Methodist USA 1,160 0.05% - - 1773 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 38. "...in 1773, it is estimated that there was only one Methodist among each 2,050 of America's population. "
Methodist USA 14,988 0.47% - - 1773 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 38. "Between 1773 and 1784... the number of members [increased] from 1,160 to 14,988. Instead of one in every 2,050 persons in America being a Methodist, the ratio had decreased by 1784 to one in every 213. "
Methodist USA 4,921 - - - 1773 Marty, Martin E. Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America. Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1984); pg. 171. "Before the [Revolutionary] war there were only 4,921 Methodists in America; yet at the end of his life Asbury counted 212,000 of them, mostly recent converts. "
Methodist USA 1,160 - - - 1773 Zehavi, A.M. (editor) Handbook of the World's Religions. New York: Franklin Watts (1973); pg. 21. "Their mission prospered, and in 1773 the first American Methodist conference was held in Philadelphia, with 10 traveling preachers present. By this time there were 1,160 American Methodists, over half of them in Maryland and Virginia, where the Church of England was strongest. "
Methodist USA 3,148 - - - 1775 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
Methodist USA 3,148 - - - 1775 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 156. "...of 3,148 Methodists in the colonies in 1775, about 2,000 lived south of Mason and Dixon's line. "
Methodist USA 15,000 - - - 1776 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 30. "Methodism spread first to Ireland and then to America. In 1766 Philip Embury, a lay preacher from Ireland, came to New York City.... Within ten years after the first Methodist preachers arrived, American Methodism numbered about fifteen thousand members and eighty preachers. "
Methodist USA 15,050 0.43% - - 1776 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994); pg. 139, 141. "in 1776...out of a population of approx. 3.5 million... [affiliated] adherents of religion... closer to 17%. "; "...Methodists accounted from only 2.5% of all religious adherents in the 13 colonies... "
Methodist USA 4,921 - 65
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 25. "The Methodists have quite complete and apparently accurate statistics for this period. The 1776 Minutes of the Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church report a total membership of 4,921. If we divide this number by the 65 Methodist congregations reported by Jernegan, we arrive at an average of 75.7 members. "
Methodist USA 4,921 - - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 58. "The Methodists reported 4,921 members in 1776. "
Methodist USA - - 65
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 56. "In 1776 the Methodists were a tiny religious society with only 65 churches scattered through the colonies. "
Methodist USA - - 65
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); [Orig. source: Paullin (1932)]; pg. 25. Table 2.1: "Numbers of Congregations per Denomination, 1776 "
Methodist USA 7,000 - - - 1776 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
Methodist USA - - - - 1776 Stack, Peggy Fletcher. A World of Faith. USA: Signature Books (1998); pg. 29. "Methodists... During the American Revolution, the Methodist societies in the United States broke off from the Church of England and formed a church of their own. On the western frontier, every Methodist minister was a 'circuit-rider,' traveling from place to place, holding services in large tents, preaching to thousands day and night. "
Methodist USA 15,000 - - - 1778 Zehavi, A.M. (editor) Handbook of the World's Religions. New York: Franklin Watts (1973); pg. 21. "Work in America fell to native lay preachers, such as William Watters, Freeborn Garrettson, and Jesse Lee, due to whose diligence there were 15,000 Methodists by the end of the Revolution. "
Methodist USA 14,000 - - - 1779 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 157. "From 14,000 in 73 circuits a the close of the Revolution, by the middle of the following century it [Methodist movement in U.S.] had increased to 1,324,000. "
Methodist USA 15,000 - - - 1780 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 123. "The 15,000 American Methodists at the close of the Revolutionary War clamored for clerical leadership. Wesley responded to their demand by asking the Bishop of London... "
Methodist USA 64,894 - - - 1800 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 58. "By 1900, at the end of the period that Marty (1975, p. 82) has called the 'big sleep' in American religious life, the Methodists had grown to 64,894... "
Methodist USA 130,570 - - - 1806 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 58. "By 1900, at the end of the period that Marty (1975, p. 82) has called the 'big sleep' in American religious life, the Methodists had grown to 64,894, and by 1806 they numbered 130,570--hardly a 'sleepy' performance, given that the nation's population did not even double during this interval. "
Methodist USA - 2.56% - - 1810 Kennedy, Gerald. The Methodist Way of Life. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall (1958); pg. 65. "...by 1810 there was one Methodist for every 39 persons in the [U.S.] "
Methodist USA 54,450 - - - 1816 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 40. "By 1816, the year Asbury died, there were 18,150 Methodists in Ohio, a little less than one-third the entire membership of American Methodism. "
Methodist USA - 2.56% - - 1816 Allen, Charles L. Meet the Methodists: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press (1986); pg. 41. "By the time of Asbury's death, in 1816, Methodism had increased from 10 preachers and 1,160 members in 1773 to 695 preachers and 214,235 members... Now Methodists numbered one in every 39 Americans... Methodism was now established in every state and territory east of the Mississippi except eastern Florida, which as under the control of the Spanish, and Wisconsin... "
Methodist USA - - 2,700
units
- 1820 Gaustad, Edwin S. Church and State in America (series: Religion in American Life). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 48. Chart: "Number of Churches [in U.S.A.] in 1820 "; "Baptists and Methodists had more churches in 1820 than other Christian denominations. The colonial 'heavyweights,' Congregationalists and Episcopalians (Anglicans), were now outnumbered. "
Methodist USA 2,600,000 - - - 1830 Feldman, Egal. Dual Destinies: The Jewish Encounter with Protestant America; Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press (1990); pg. 49. "Although numerical precision is elusive, the American Education Society estimated in 1830 that of the nation's leading denominations, there were 2,743,453 Calvinist Baptists, 2,600,000 Methodists, 1,800,000 Presbyterians, 1,260,000 Congregationalists, & 1,260,000 Episcopalians. "
Methodist USA 2,600,000 - 13,302
units
- 1850 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994); pg. 141. "by 1850 they numbered 13,302 congregations with more than 2.6 million members. Thus, the Methodist Church accounted then for 34.2% of all U.S. church members. "
Methodist USA 2,600,000 - 13,302
units
- 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 56. "Seven decades later [in 1850] they towered over the nation. In 1850 there were 13,302 Methodist congregations, enrolling more than 2.6 million members--the largest single denomination. "
Methodist USA 2,700,000 - - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 113. Figure 4.1: "Total Adherents by Denominations, 1850-1890 (in thousands; adherents include children and adults) "; Figure has figures for: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian.
Methodist USA - 11.63% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 55. Figure 3.1: "Religious Adherents by Denomination, 1776 and 1850 (as percentage of total adherents "; "...proportion belonging to churches... 34% " [Adherence rate (34%) multiplied by denomination % (34.2%)]
Methodist USA 1,324,000 - - - 1850 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 105. "By 1850 the last had become first, at least in numbers, for the Methodists in that year had a membership of 1,324,000. "
Methodist USA 1,324,000 - - - 1850 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
Methodist USA 1,324,000 - - - 1850 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 157. "From 14,000 in 73 circuits a the close of the Revolution, by the middle of the following century it [Methodist movement in U.S.] had increased to 1,324,000. "
Methodist USA 3,793,000 - - - 1860 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 113. Figure 4.1: "Total Adherents by Denominations, 1850-1890 (in thousands; adherents include children and adults) "; Figure has figures for: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian.
Methodist USA 1,032,184 - - - 1860 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 205. "At the time of the Civil War the number of Methodists had grown to 1,032,184. "
Methodist USA 3,725,000 - - - 1870 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 113. Figure 4.1: "Total Adherents by Denominations, 1850-1890 (in thousands; adherents include children and adults) "; Figure has figures for: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian.
Methodist USA 4,589,284 - - - 1890 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 843. "...Methodist and Baptist... had been relatively small fringe groups in 1800, but they had grown to denominations that numbered, respectively, 4,589,284 and 3,717,969 by 1890. "
Methodist USA 7,132,000 - - - 1890 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 113. Figure 4.1: "Total Adherents by Denominations, 1850-1890 (in thousands; adherents include children and adults) "; Figure has figures for: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian.
Methodist USA 6,000,000 - - - 1900 Carruth, Gorton. The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (10th Edition), HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.: New York (1997); pg. 387. "A survey of Protestant religious sects in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century showed... 6,000,000 Methodists; 5,000,000 Baptists; 1,500,000 Lutherans; 1,500,000 Presbyterians; 350,000 Mormons; and 80,000 Christian Scientists. "
Methodist USA 5,700,000 - - - 1906 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 21. "When the Census of Religious Bodies was conducted in 1906, Methodists still ranked first, with 5.7 million members; Baptists came in second, with 5.6 million; Presbyterians ranked third, with 1.8 million; Lutherans, fourth, with 1.5 million... "
Methodist USA - - 40,000
units
- 1946 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 28-29. "In the Methodist church, things were much the same: only 15,000 of the 40,000 congregations had regular full-time ministers. "
Methodist USA - - - - 1957 Spence, Hartzell. The Story of America's Religions; New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1960) [1st printing 1957]; pg. 18. 92% of American black Methodists still not affiliated with the merged body [i.e. (United) Methodist Church]. Most of them belong to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Meth. Episc. Zion Ch. or Christian Meth. Episc. Church.
Methodist USA 11,800,000 7.02% - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 204-205. Table: "Christians, Their Practices "; "Methodists: Members in... U.S., 11.8 million adults. There are now 22 groups in U.S. Largest is The Methodist Church; next, African Methodist Episcopal Church. Total U.S. assets, $2.7 billion. "
Methodist USA - - 40,000
units
- 1963 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 128. "Within the 40,000 American Methodist churches, there is probably as wide variation in types of thought and worship as there is between Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists and others. "
Methodist USA 13,000,000 - - - 1975 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac; Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1975); pg. 1267. List of "Major World Religions ": "Worldwide, Methodists now number about 16 million adults, including over 13 million in the U.S. "
Methodist USA - 6.30% - - 1977 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac: #2; New York: William Morrow & Co.: (1978); pg. 309. United States of America: "Religions: Roman Catholic, 24.1%; Baptist, 13.1%; Methodist, 6.3%; Lutheran, 4.3%; Eastern Orthodox, 2.1%; Presbyterian, 1.9%; Jewish, 1.9%; Episcopal, 1.4%; Latter-day Saints, 1.3%; other or no religion, 43.6% "
Methodist USA 13,500,000 - - - 1979 Carmody, Denise Lardner & John Tully Carmody. Western Ways to the Center: An Introduction to Western Religions; Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Co. (1983); pg. 122. Table: "Membership Data on Major American Religious Groups [1979] "
Methodist USA 12,826,827 - - - 1982 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983). [Orig. source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1982. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1982, pp. 351-352.]; pg. 446. Table: "Religious Membership in the United States "
Methodist USA 10,000,000 - - - 1983 Berger, Gilda. Religion: A Reference First Book. New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 60. "But Methodism remains a major branch of Protestantism, with 10 million members in the U.S. today and many other Methodists around the world. "
Methodist USA 13,000,000 - - - 1983 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983); pg. 446. "The next largest group [in the U.S., after Roman Catholic & Baptist] is the Methodists, with almost 13 million members, less than one-fourth as large as the Roman Catholic Church. "
Methodist USA - 5.00% - - 1984 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988). [Orig. source: a 1984 Gallup survey of the adult population in the U.S., made available to the author.]; pg. 120. "And the 5 percent that claims involvement in positive thinking seminars equals the proportion of the general public that holds membership in the nation's second largest Protestant denomination (Methodists). "
Methodist USA 14,116,000 8.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 15-17. Table 1-2: Self-Described Adherence of U.S. Adult Population 1990. Phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by Graduate School of City U. of New York.
Methodist USA - 8.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.


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