Survey Shows Theological Conservatives Outnumber Theological Liberals in the United Methodist Church

Self-identified theological conservatives outnumber self-identified theological liberals in the United Methodist Church, according to a recently released survey.

The UMC is scheduled to have a special session of General Conference on Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri, to determine their official stance on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

United Methodist Communications and Research NOW conducted an online survey Sept 27–Oct. 4, 2018, that had a sample space of 541 respondents who were UMC laity.

In findings released earlier this month, the survey found that 44 percent of respondents identified as “Conservative-Traditional,” 28 percent identified as “Moderate-Centrist,” 20 percent identified as “Progressive-Liberal,” and 8 percent identified as “unsure.”

Chuck Niedringhaus, senior director of marketing research and local church outreach at UM Communications, said in a statement Wednesday that the findings counter misconceptions about the UMC’s theological makeup.

“Oftentimes we think the denomination is equally divided. It was important for us to see that the plurality of people see themselves as more conservative,” said Niedringhaus, as reported by United Methodist Insight.

The survey report also found that Conservative-Traditional respondents were the most likely to report attending worship once a week at 35 percent. From there, it was Moderate-Centrist at 27 percent, and Progressive-Liberal at 23 percent.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski