Baltimore-Washington Conference Analysis
• Baltimore-Washington ranks 10th in persons served in the community
• Attendance in Baltimore-Washington, in comparison to other conferences, this is strong as Baltimore-Washington has 9 more weekly attendees per church than the average UMC church.
• Attracting new members has remained fairly constant around 8 attendees per new member while church group 250-299 requires only 3 attendees.
• The conference is comprised of a large percentage of African Americans but lacks in both Asian and Hispanic demographics.
The Baltimore-Washington snapshot …show more content…
On average, each weekly attendance group has fewer than 5,700 attendees. Furthermore, the red bar and blue bar combined represents the total membership per size category. For example, there are almost 7,000 total weekly attendees and almost 8,600 members attributed to all churches that fall within Group 400+.
The largest section of membership is captured in churches between 50-124 weekly attendees with 30% of the conference’s total membership. Additionally, Baltimore-Washington churches below 35 weekly attendees make up 6% of total conference membership. On the other hand, churches with over 400 weekly attendees make up 11% of the conference’s membership.
As the churches’ weekly attendance increases, the member-to-attendee ratio increases. However, church group 300-399 and 100-124 have a low ratio of members-to-attendees at 36% and 33% respectively.
Figure 2 – Number of Churches by Weekly Attendance …show more content…
The line shows a 47,556 continuous population increase per year in Baltimore-Washington counties. With the population growing by almost a million people, Baltimore-Washington is a wealth of opportunity for new church members. In comparison to trend 1, however, Baltimore-Washington is losing members while the average county-level area population increases. Trend 3 – Inflow and Outflow
Trend 3 shows the total number of people who are entering Baltimore-Washington in green and those leaving the conference in red. For example, in 2014 Baltimore-Washington increased by 7,831 new inflowing members. However, during the same year, Baltimore-Washington lost 12,922 outflowing members. While both figures are decreasing over time; however, outflow has remained historically larger than inflows.
Additionally, the percentage of inflows and outflows per total membership remains fairly stable. The conference is losing on average 4% of its members every year. During the same time, the conference loses on average 8% of its