Monday, February 6, 2006
Final numbers from annual UUA certification.
I've crunched the numbers just about as much as I'm willing to crunch them. In case you haven't been following, I've been tracking the returns over at the on-line annual membership certification of UU congregations. The deadline to report was February 1.
Here are the results:
2005-2006 Membership totals w/o CLF
Total # of Members Certified: 152,347
Net change in Members: +1308
Percentage Growth: +0.87%
2005-2006 Membership totals w/ CLF
Total # of Members Certified: 155,188
Net change in Members: +1597
Percentage Growth: +1.04%
Let me say what these numbers represent. I count all congregations in the United States, comparing their reported membership in the on-line certification with the membership they reported in the current UUA Directory. "Total # of Members Certified" is the sum. "Net change" is the difference between this year and the number of members those same congregations reported in the previous year. "Percentage Growth" is the rate of growth or loss of members.
A few more methodological comments: The above membership totals do not take into account international UU congregations. One reason for this is that of the 25 international congregations listed in the UUA directory, only 14 reported. Approximately 95% of US congregations reported. I also do not guarantee that the numbers above are 100% accurate. It is possible that I missed a congregation in my count or counted one twice, although such an error would not impact the overall results significantly. There may be a small margin of error.
It is clear that UU growth was less robust this year. In 2004-2005, my tally showed a growth rate of 1.69% (1.30% if you include CLF.)
I plan to return in a week or two and offer some analysis, including the numbers for large churches and special citation for the fastest growing congregations.
Copyright © 2006 by Thom Belote | Posted 6 February 2006 at 10:59 PM