Statistics and figures

on the Association of Pentecostal Churches in Germany (BFP)

I. Data Source

Data provided by the BFP

At regular two-year intervals, we conduct our own statistical survey of our members, congregations, and conference participants via data collection.
In our understanding of the free church, members are baptized and active members of the church.
Furthermore, we speak of affiliates who belong to the family of a member (spouse and children), are not baptized in faith themselves, and do not belong to any other church/denomination.
In connection with the granting of corporate rights, the BFP was given a factor of 3 as a statistical figure by the authorities in order to determine for which group of people the BFP congregation has to assume pastoral co-responsibility and care.
Only in this way can a serious comparability be made with the figures of other Protestant free churches and regional churches.
This would mean that the BFP, with a size of 60,000 members, can assume a mathematical size of 180,000 members including affiliates.

Our statistical survey is determined every two years with the following questions, among others:

1. number of members of the municipality as of 01.01.yyyy?
2. average number of adult visitors to the Sunday service (excluding underage children) as of 01.01.yyyy?
3. number of children and adolescents reached to the age of majority as of 01.01.yyyy?

The number of affiliates is a calculated number (as previously stated) based on members.
All figures are rounded up or down to the nearest 100/500 (e.g.: instead of 65,210 to 65,000 / instead of 1,184 to 1,200).

II. BFP-statistics

Development of the BFP church numbers

01.01.1992 (total 351 churches)

  • 249 main churches
  • 89 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 13 churches of other language and origin

01.01.1994 (total 377 Churches)

  • 262 main churches
  • 94 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 21 churches of other language and origin

01.01.1996 (total 409 churches)

  • 289 main churches
  • 82 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 38 churches of other language and origin

01.01.1998 (total 426 churches)

  • 294 main churches
  • 84 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 48 churches of other language and origin

01.01.2000 (total 493 churches)

  • 335 main churches
  • 86 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 72 churches of other language and origin

01.01.2002 (total 541 churches)

  • 361 main churches
  • 91 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 89 churches of other language and origin

01.01.2004 (total 574 churches)

  • 383 main churches
  • 96 church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 95 churches of other language and origin 

01.01.2006 (total 588 churches)

  • 384 main churches
  • 92  church plants und subsidiary churches
  • 112 churches of other language and origin

01.01.2007 (total 603 churches)

  • 459 main churches
  • 144 church plants und subsidiary churches

Out of 603 churches are ...

  • 476 german churches (79%)
  • 127 churches of other language and origin (21%)

01.01.2009 (total 729 churches)

  • 498 main churches
  • 133 subsidiary churches
  • 98 church plants

Out of 729 churches are ...

  • 496 german churches (68%)
  • 233 churches of other language and origin (32%)

01.01.2011 (total 757 churches)

  • 507 main churches
  • 140 subsidiary churches
  • 110 church plants

Out of 757 churches are ...

  • 493 deutsche churches (65,1%)
  • 264 churches of other language and origin (34,9%)

01.01.2013 (total 783 churches)

  • 521 main churches
  • 147 subsidiary churches
  • 115 church plants

Out of 783 churches are ...

  • 498 german churches (63,6%)
  • 285 churches of other language and origin (36,4%)

01.01.2015 (total 778 churches)

  • 542 main churches
  • 146 subsidiary churches
  • 90 church plants

Out of 778 churches are ...

  • 487 german churches (62,6%)
  • 291 churches of other language and origin (37,4%)

01.01.2017 (total 820 churches)

  • 546 main churches
  • 154 subsidiary churches
  • 22 church campuses
  • 98 church plants

Von 820 churches sind ...

  • 504 german churches (61,5%)
  • 316 churches of other language and origin (38,5%)

01.01.2019 (total 836 churches)

  • 551 main churches
  • 142 subsidiary churches
  • 42 church campuses
  • 101 church plants

Out of 836 churches are ...

  • 511 german churches (61,1%)
  • 325 churches of other language and origin (38,9%)

Development of the BFP staff

Pastors, church leaders and personal members in the BFP

  • 1950 = 20 employees
  • 1960 = 53 employees
  • 1970 = 120 employees
  • 1980 = 205 employees
  • 1990 = 574 employees (of which 307 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 1996 = 823 employees (of which 450 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2000 = 976 employees (of which 601 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2002 = 1058 employees (of which 661 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2004 = 1177 employees (of which 722 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2006 = 1175 employees (of which 735 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2007 = 1221 employees (of which 761 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2009 = 968 personal members (of which 787 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2011 = 1048 personal members (of which 844 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2013 = 1117 personal members (of which 767 ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2015 = 1150 personal members (of which 853 are ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2017 = 1204 personal members (of which 1029 are ordained pastors / pastoral assistants)
  • 2019 = 1259 personal members (of which 1124 are ordained pastors / pastoral assistants).

 

Church members and service visitors in BFP churches.

  • 1996 = 28,000 members / 10,500 children and youth reached / 85,500 affiliates
  • 1998 = 29,500 members / 12,000 children and youth reached / 88,500 affiliates
  • 2000 = 34,500 members / 12,500 children and young people reached / 103,500 affiliates
  • 2002 = 37,000 members / 13,500 children and young people reached / 111,000 affiliates
  • 2004 = 39,500 members / 13,500 children and young people reached / 118,500 affiliates
  • 2006 = 39,000 members / 13,000 children and young people reached / 117,000 affiliates
  • 2007 = 40,000 members / 13,000 children and young people reached / 120,000 affiliates
  • 2009 = 44,102 members / 16,038 children and youth reached / 132,306 affiliates
  • 2011 = 46,226 members / 20,329 children and young people reached / 138,678 affiliates
  • 2013 = 48,988 members / 23,322 children and youth reached / 146,964 affiliates
  • 2015 = 51,896 members / 24,380 children and youth reached / 155,688 affiliates
  • 2017 = 56,275 members / 25,674 children and youth reached / 92,721 church visitors (including members, children, guests, caregivers) / 168,825 affiliates
  • 2019 = 62,872 members / 22,906 children and youth reached / 95,477 community visitors (incl. members, children, guests, those served) / 181,255 affiliates

 

Source: Statistical survey of the BFP - prepared by the General Secretary.