Unitarian Congregational Membership Numbers
I think the way the numbers are reported they're probably 18 months out of date by the time they're published. It is possible to compare the 2009 numbers posted by Andy Pakula here
I haven't got time to post the full results here, but I'll list the largest congregations by membership below for interest.
London Hampstead 168 (up 5)
Dean Row 80 (down 4)
Bury 75 (down 6)
Newington Green and Islington (counted as one congregation with two sites) London 70 (up 14)
Eccles 67 (up 3)
Atherton 62 (up 3)
Edinburgh 60 (up 6)
Hinkley 59 (down 5)
Shefield Norfolk Street 58 (up 2)
Bolton Bank Street 58 (up 2)
Now I'm sure there's plenty of inaccuracies in these numbers. For example it's taken me two and a half years to get the membership list anywhere near accurate for my congregation (Bolton Bank Street). So it's actually been very difficult to know whether we are growing or shrinking in membership numbers until now. I'm not quite sure how our reported membership numbers have gone from 56 to 58. My understanding is that our membership is 53, and that's the first time I've been confident that this number in some way reflects reality.
Nevertheless the numbers do give some impressions. Hampstead remains, by far, the largest congregation in the country, but Islington and Newington Green are growing at a fast rate, so may catch up in the next few years.
There is then a cluster of "medium-sized" (for us) congregations who seem reasonably stable. This would include my congregation. And then there's 150 small congregations. And it's difficult to know their health by a quick analysis. And yes, in case any Americans are reading, and not quite getting it, all other congregations in the denomination have a membership of less than 58.
I bang on about numbers because I want us to realise where we are and increase the sense of urgency and hunger for change.