Statistics

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According to the Children of God, there were 130 communes or "colonies" in 15 countries in 1972. In 1993, 7,000 of the 10,000 members were under 18 years of age. Some estimates have placed the total number of people that have passed through the group at 35,000. In the year 2000, the group claimed this number to be only 26,000[1] and on 3 October 2005 they claimed this number to be 32,000.

Sociologists have observed that many organizations exaggerate their numbers. This is especially true of new religious movements (or any new movement) with respect to the number of followers. The Family International has consistently claimed many thousands of followers and their "official" count has remained around 10,000 for years (± 2,000). However, this number includes children and babies as "followers", and the number of members under the age of 15 is close to that of those 16 and older.

The Family International has significantly downplayed the numbers of their defectors. This is especially true of the second generation. They have claimed that from S2K to June 2000, only 600 people have left.

The number of Family Disciple (FD) members (previously called Charter Members or CM) has been declining year by year since 1998.

2012

As of September 2012, TFI claims to have 4,500 active members over the age of 18.

2010

Just before the "Reboot" (a major restructuring of the cult), statistics released by The Family International (TFI) put full-time and fellow members at just over 11,200 in over 100 countries (around 4,000 adult full-time members and 4,000 children).

2004 (October)

In 2004, the creation of the Missionary Member (MM) category of membership and the change to the minimum Family Disciple (FD; previously Charter Member or CM) home size from the previous four members age 16+ to now six members age 18+ brought major changes affecting Family homes statistics. Note that the cutoff date for the mandatory FD home size adjustment was late January 2005, so the following statistics (from the end of October 2004) do not reflect the full repercussions of this change.


Members
Status Number %
FD 5657 55%
MM 1015 10%
FM 3559 35%
Total 10231 100%
Family Homes
Status Number %
FD 395 31%
MM 149 12%
FM 728 57%
Total 1272 100%

Note: At the time these statistics were compiled, 147 FD homes had less than the required six members aged 18 and older, so the breakdown of members and homes in each membership category may be significantly different today. In particular, the number of MM homes is expected to have increased.


Generations
Group Number %
1st 3807 37%
2nd 5903 58%
3rd 521 5%
Total 10231 100%
Location of Total Members
Region %
North America 14%
Western Europe 13%
Brazil 12%
Other 61%
Location of FD Members
Region %
Eastern Eurasia 12%
North America 11%
Mexico/Central America 11%
Other 66%


2003 (year-end)

Members
Status Number %
CM 7491 70%
FM 3162 30%
Total 10653 100%


2002 (year-end)

Family Homes Members
Region CM FM Total CM FM Total Per Home
Western Europe 85 154 239 820 682 1502 6.3
Eastern Eurasia 80 34 114 726 121 847 7.4
Africa 55 10 65 576 33 609 9.4
Mideast 27 3 30 442 18 460 15.3
Indian Area 41 13 54 528 54 582 10.8
Southeast Asia 25 30 55 252 189 441 8
China/Pacific 67 31 98 586 155 741 7.6
Japan 52 39 91 721 179 900 9.9
USA/Canada 81 177 258 855 806 1661 6.4
Mexico/Central America 52 55 107 662 256 918 8.6
Spanish South America 68 63 131 801 340 1141 8.7
Brazil 85 78 163 1079 416 1495 9.2
Total 718 687 1405 8048 3249 11297 Avg: 8
Nationalities
Country %
USA 25%
Brazilian 10%
Japanese 6%
British 5%
Australian 3.5%
Mexican 3.5%
Argentine 3%
French 3%
Italian 3%
Other 38%


Members by Age
Age % Number
0-11 32% 3615
12-15 14% 1582
16-20 13% 1469
21-29 12% 1355
30s 6% 678
40s 15% 1694
50+ 8% 904
Total 100% 11297
Gender
Ages Female Male
0-11 48% (1735) 52% (1880)
12-15 ~50% (791) ~50% (791)
16-20 52% (764) 48% (705)
21-39 57% (1159) 43% (874)
40+ 47% (1221) 53% (1377)
Total 51% 49%
Generations
Group % Number
1st 33% 3688
2nd & 3rd 67% 7609
Total 100% 11297
When Member FGAs Joined
Decade % Number
1960s 2.4% 88
1970s 47.9% 1765
1980s 22.3% 824
1990s 23.0% 848
2000s 4.4% 163
Total 100% 3688


2001 (year-end)


2001 (September)

Members
Status Number %
CM 8789 74%
FM 3062 26%
Total 11851 100%


2000 (March)

Members
Status Number %
CM 9426 75%
FM 3066 25%
Total 12492 100%


1999 (June)

Members
Status Number %
CM 10219 79%
FM 2750 21%
Total 12969 100%


1998 (December)

Family Homes
Status Number %
CM 807 61%
FM 525 39%
Total 1332 100%


1997 (December)

Family Homes
Status Number %
CM 757 57%
FM 566 43%
Total 1323 100%


1996 (December)

Family Homes
Status Number %
CM 660 55%
FM 544 45%
Total 1204 100%


1995 (December)

Family Homes
Status Number %
CM 564 ~50%
FM 556 ~50%
Total 1120 100%


1994 (December)

Members
Status Number %
CM 8690 69%
FM 3958 31%
Total 12648 100%
Family Homes
Status Number %
CM 276 33%
FM 554 67%
Total 830 100%


1975

Reported to have had "4,212 disciples in 580 Colonies in 62 countries".[3][4]

Births in The Family International

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References

  1. "Stay on the Wall!", pp.6, CM/FM#3303 June 2000
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Heading Into 2002! -- Part 1" by Peter Amsterdam (CM/FM; GN#978; 3382A; December 2001) (link to PDF where image was taken from)
  3. New Appointments — by David Berg; ML#377 LTO; 1975-12-06.
  4. The Administration Revolution — by David Berg; ML#357 DO; 1975-11-11.