Conference Statistician, George Speake, reported on membership, worship attendance, and benevolent spending. The total membership for the conference at the close of 2018 was 225,987, a loss of 1,184 members from 2017. There were 2,289 professions of faith reported. This includes those who returned to the church and had their membership restored.
The reported average worship attendance was 71,276 worshiping in the pews, which represents a decline, but, there was a large increase worshiping online. There were 1200 fewer bodies in the pews but, 11,992 persons worshiped online for an actual increase in worship of 7200.
Our churches were very generous in 2018 when it comes to benevolences. A total of $18.6M was given to local and United Methodist benevolences, an increase of $888,000.
The full statistician’s report can be found on the Annual Conference website.