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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

Perspectives 1 Comments

The latest list of "top 25" United Methodist congregations lacks vital details that would make it valuable to all churches, not just those with large memberships, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith

La Trinidad Class

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Methodism in the United States is growing fastest among migrant groups, so how can the UMC leverage this phenomenon to further enhance church growth, asks Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Most membership growth has occurred in Africa, although there are bright spots in worship attendance in the United States. Read more

In the Church

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

Local Church 1 Comments

The nature of true followers of Jesus Christ is to disrupt the status quo -- including the Church -- in favor of devotion to the vision of forgiveness, love and justice that Jesus said is God's intention for humans, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas

Empty Church

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Getting church-goers involved in more than one activity, such as Sunday worship, proves to deepen members' faith and increase membership, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Local Church 1 Comments

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

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

Local Church 3 Comments

Rabbit & Elephant

Illustration Courtesy of Teddy Ray

Can an Elephant Give Birth to Rabbits?

What if The United Methodist Church ought to be "breeding" like rabbits instead of like elephants, asks the Rev. Teddy Ray. Read more

Aug 19, 2013 11:25 AM Teddy Ray 3 Comments

Retention Rates

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

In the Church 1 Comments

50s Church

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

Perspectives 1 Comments

UMC window

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Yes, We ARE Your Grandmother's Church

In a follow-up to his startling research on the top 100 United Methodist congregations, the Rev. Jeremy Smith further explores why it isn't a good idea for today's congregations to divorce themselves from our collective history. Read more

Jul 8, 2013 5:39 PM Jeremy Smith

Methodism Chart

Illustration Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Why Do the Top 100 #UMC’s Shun Methodism?

A United Methodist "brand" isn't popular with the denominations top 100 of large-membership congregations, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, who seeks to find out why United Methodism is apparently a marketing drawback. Read more

Jul 8, 2013 5:27 PM Jeremy Smith 6 Comments

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I Know Vital When I See It

Bishop Scott Jones on the Vital Congregations plan to increase membership. Read more

Dec 31, 2011 5:44 PM Bishop Scott Jones