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Items Tagged "Membership Decline"

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Despite declines, signs of vitality in 2012

Leaders of conferences that saw growth last year offer advice to the majority that saw dips in membership and attendance. Read More

Ethnic diversity critical to church future

Commission on Religion and Race gathering draws cross-section leaders to talk about how to help nourish vital, multicultural congregations. Read More

2011 numbers show U.S. members still sliding

Emptier U.S. pews and tighter budgets are affecting the denomination, but there are bright spots in the statistics. Read More

Will restructuring save money?

Yes, but the unanswered questions are how much and whether it will be enough to make a difference for local churches. Read More

Cultural change seen as key to vital church

Focus is on what steps The United Methodist Church needs to take beyond restructuring to reverse U.S. decline. Read More

Debate grapples with restructuring

At a Texas gathering, a lay leader, a district superintendent and an agency executive discuss whether disciples will be the outcome of effort. Read More

Connectional Table splits on petition

Proposal to redistribute $60 million sparks debate even though the proposal originated with the 60-member body. Read More

Briefing previews General Conference issues

Delegates consider issues from reorganization to roles of bishops to an operating budget that is smaller than in the previous quadrennium. Read More

Mixed blessings in new U.S. church numbers

Declining membership trend continues; 2010 giving to UMCOR up 146 percent and direct giving to causes jumps 29 percent. Read More

Will restructuring cut vital ministry?

That's the question church staff want General Conference delegates to consider in weighing various reorganization proposals. Read More

Preview to church restructuring debate

Concerns raised that the proposed changes would give too much power to bishops and damage the denomination's 'separation of powers.' Read More

North Texas General Conference Delegation Endorses Call to Action

North Texas General Conference Delegation Endorses Call to Action Read More

Group proposes alternative restructure

Methodist Federation for Social Action is the only unofficial caucus to submit its own reorganization to General Conference. Read More

2 big disputes ahead at General Conference

Proposals to restructure agencies and end "guaranteed appointments" for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum. Read More

$90 million budget advised for bishops

The 2013-16 budget request for the Episcopal Fund represents about a 4 percent decline from the previous four years. Read More

Bishops support church reforms, accountability

Eighty active and retired bishops endorsed widespread reforms, including accountability for promoting church growth. Read More