membership decline

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Projections from the General Council on Finance and Administration foretell that the majority status of U.S. membership in The United Methodist Church is coming to an end — and may be there already. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global crunches the numbers on where the United Methodist Church is growing and declining worldwide. Read more

Global Nature

It's not the numbers themselves, but the fixation on numbers that's causing the church to miss the whole vision of what God wants the church to be and to do, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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By focusing inward on numerical growth instead of outward on urgent needs, churches set up themselves – and humanity – for extinction, writes Dr. Mark Davies. Read more

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Fuzzy Church

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

Finance and Administration

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more


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. Read more

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

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. Read more

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Retention Rates

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

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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