Wow…the Church grew a whopping 0% in the US from ’90-’08!

USA Today has an interesting article on religious growth (or lack thereof) in the US over the last few decades.   We awesomely beat the mainline Protestants and Catholics, but lost out to the Wiccans, Muslims and Pentacostals :(.

And they peg US Church membership at 3.2 million members.  I wonder if the Church will revise their figure of 5.9 million to more closely reflect reality….?

The survey is pretty simple: they ask a bunch of people (113k in 1990, 54k in 2008) “What is your religious identity?”

I suspect we’ll hear a letter from the FP in the next few months that simply says: “Attention fellow Church members: If someone calls or stops you on the street and asks you what your religious identity is, please answer “LDS/Mormon”

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5 Responses to Wow…the Church grew a whopping 0% in the US from ’90-’08!

  1. StructureCop

    “Attention fellow Church members: If someone calls or stops you on the street and asks you what your religious identity is, please answer “LDS/Mormon”

    Yes, there must be some confusion out there pertaining to how to identify oneself during polls. That would explain the deceptively low membership statistics. The Church wouldn’t inflate its membership using people who dont self-identify as LDS… would it?

    • Cinepro

      While I am critical of the Church’s methods for reporting membership statistics, I’m not hyper-critical. As far as I can tell, the Church uses the most simple method to count members, and then reports those numbers publicly.

      The Church has a really good idea how many people are actually attending every week, how many people pay tithing, how many people have Temple recommends, etc. Using all that data, I’m sure some very solid numbers could be estimated that would be much closer to reality when it comes to counting Mormons.

  2. StructureCop

    Yes, perhaps I was being a little harsh. I’m not implying that the Church purposefully misrepresents membership statistics, but there can be a wide margin between the number of members of record and the number of actively attending or self-identifying Mormons (although, to be fair, any of those “less active” members could reactivate at any time).

  3. brotherton

    How do other religions report their membership statistics? Do JW’s, EVs, Muslims, Catholics, etc. count the inactives as members?

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