The chart below shows, over the past ten years, a steady decline in the ratio of growing to non-growing congregations in our family of churches. This analysis is consistent with the rate of change in overall membership, which has seen a decade-long decline. Taken together, these two charts indicate that, while the membership losses of 2003-2004 were unprecedented, a trend leading up to these losses had been in place at least since 1994. See additional charts and analysis for more context.
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Note on 2004 Count of Growing and Non-Growing Churches
After 2002, no mechanism existed for central collection of membership data. In late 2004, this website and DisciplesToday initiated a cooperative effort to conduct a voluntary survey of affiliated churches. We were able to obtain data for churches whose 2002 membership comprised almost 93% of the ICOC's total 2002 membership. Of the participating churches, many were new church plantings or newly self-governing congregations. None of these congregations are included in the above analysis as growing churches. The data file showing the actual survey results is available for download.