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2010 State of the Church: Introduction


We are pleased to bring you the 2010 State of the Church Report.

This annual snapshot of The United Methodist Church is a resource to help evaluate our current realities, to celebrate the momentum of our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and to identify opportunities and challenges as we move forward in ministry.

The findings in this report are helping to shape conversations around the future of the church and to inform strategic planning and measurement of success across the life of the denomination. We acknowledge challenges, but we also see signs of hope.  

United Methodists continue to share God's love in their communities every day. We see renewed energy and fervent commitment to carry out the church's mission through faithful service, prayer and action. We of Wesleyan heritage are fanning the flames of a movement!

For the people of The United Methodist Church, for their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness, we give God thanks! God is calling us to a faithful, fruitful future! 

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)

Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer
Illinois Episcopal Area
Past President, Council of Bishops

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster
Charlotte Episcopal Area
President, Council of Bishops

Bishop John L. Hopkins
Ohio East Episcopal Area
Chairperson, Connectional Table

Bishop G. Lindsey Davis
Louisville Episcopal Area
President, General Council on Finance and Administration