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Statistical Reporting

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Reports are due by 11:59 PM on February 28, 2021!

Some important things to note about the 2020 Statistical Report:

During these unusual times and with an increase in online worship, the NIC is changing the way to record attendance in the end-of-year statistical report. It’s important to remember that in-person and online church attendance should be counted separately. When you complete your 2020 Statistical Report in January, you will notice that these two numbers are on separate lines.

Average Attendance at all weekly worship services

Report average in-person attendance at all services held on a consistent weekly basis as the primary opportunity for worship. Count all persons (including children) who participate in part of any of these services. Do not include online worshippers nor attendance from irregularly held special services (i.e. Christmas Eve services).

Number of persons who worship online
Report here the average weekly number of unique viewers who access worship online. This includes those live streaming your worship service and views/downloads of recorded worship services (audio or video), sermons, and/or podcasts. Do not include generic hits/visits to your website. The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has developed some guidance on reporting and counting the number of viewers of online worship and Bible study attendance. Learn more here. 

Other tips:

  • Round every number to the nearest dollar (do not use decimals, commas or dollar signs)
  • Rows will highlight in orange or red to indicate a possible error or noteworthy variation from the previous year. Click the yellow triangle to see the warning message and check for typos.


There are three options at the top of the form:

  • Printer-friendly version: Print a copy of the statistical report and keep it on file. Statistical Reports are part of the local church’s permanent records.
  • Save: Will save what you’ve entered to that moment.
  • Save and go to Step 2: use this option when all lines are complete. Step 2 contains the 3 CCFA Addendum questions, plus your contact information. After step 2, you will be offered the option to Officially Submit the report. You will not be able to make changes after selecting the Submit option.


If you find major errors in the 2020 data column, please click the Support button and report those errors.
 

A blank worksheet form to help complete your stats is available here. 

Resources:

Who uses this data?  A Guide to the Users of Local Church Statistics (PDF)
UM Data GCFA resource for statistics of The United Methodist Church
Numbers Count! Reporter Article by Rev. Arlene Christopherson

Questions?

Please contact David W. Quinn at dquinn@umcnic.org

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