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The question to ask isn't "what can the church do for me?" but instead looks more to what God wants us to do, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Aug 23, 2017 5:16 PM Local Church 1 Comments

Millennials Socialize

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Rise in religiously unaffiliated points to a series problem for the UMC's future, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo for UM & Global. more

Jun 12, 2017 5:45 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Final Attendance

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Membership figures for the United Methodist Church in the United States decline about 1.6 percent in 2015, but the top line numbers don't reflect the full reality of vital churches, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Nov 21, 2016 7:37 AM Finance and Administration

2014 Membership Data

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Dr. David W. Scott takes a fresh look at the implications of continued membership decline of United Methodists in the United States. more

Apr 25, 2016 5:01 PM Global Nature

Measure Fruits

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Amid the furor and lament over recent numbers documenting continued decline in The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jeremy Smith counters questionable political interpretations of the data with some sharp number-crunching. more

Dec 4, 2015 12:12 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

The Rev. Ben Gosden asks the declining United Methodist Church whether it's prepared to die to existing ways and means in order to be born anew for 21st century ministry. more

Oct 29, 2015 3:28 PM Local Church

In the push to "make disciples" of Jesus Christ, something valuable is being lost in the downgrading of the words "member" and "membership," writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jul 1, 2015 3:16 PM

Authentic evangelicals -- those who love the church and the gospel above all else -- aren't gloating about the latest Pew Research report on church decline, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

May 21, 2015 6:06 PM Perspectives

Christians reacted strongly to the latest Pew Trust study on religious affiliation in America, but the Rev. Rob Rynders says the results offer valuable information for churches to mend their ways. more

May 13, 2015 5:19 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

The Rev. Deb Smith continues her review of United Methodist statistics and the questions they spark in her. more

Feb 19, 2015 5:07 PM Local Church

Examining 2013 United Methodist statistics, the Rev. Deb Smith asks why church demographics seem to show decreases in certain areas when the number of constituents reportedly rose. more

Feb 4, 2015 3:14 PM Local Church 3 Comments

Retention Rates

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Public Religion Research Institute explores how well -- or how poorly -- faith groups retain their younger generations. more

Aug 14, 2013 3:37 PM In the Church 1 Comments

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Is its association with the middle class behind the continued decline of United Methodism? more

Aug 1, 2013 2:18 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Immigration

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Once again, United Methodist bishops engage in an adventure in missing the point regarding how to invite young people into the church and encourage them into leadership, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Jul 30, 2013 8:46 AM Views from a Ridge 24 Comments

Ben and Olivia Kate Gosden

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Baptismal Vows and Membership Vows -- A Follow-Up

The Rev. Ben Gosden writes that he received such interesting feedback from his post on Membership Vows that he decided to write this follow-up column. Ben and his wife Katie participated in the baptism of their daughter, Olivia Kate, on Aug. 19. more

Aug 22, 2012 10:22 AM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

The Rev. Christy Thomas contends that just because bishops have special duties, they shouldn't be absolved of their responsibility for the membership decline of The United Methodist Church in the United States. more

May 15, 2012 3:21 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments