NEW YORK (UM Newscope) - The United Methodist Church ranked third in membership in the 75th edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, recently published by the National Council of Churches and Abingdon Press.

The 2007 edition reports on a record 224 national church bodies and ranks the 25 largest churches by membership. With membership listed at almost 8.1 million people, the UMC follows the Roman Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention.

Other top Protestant churches include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (with 4.85 million members) and the Presbyterian Church, USA (with 3.1 million). Statistics were collected from churches in 2005, and almost 166 million people are included.